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Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House and GQHF administrative offices will have shortened hours for the following holidays:


Wednesday, November 22nd- Closing Early. Museum open 10-1pm. (last tour 12:30)

Thursday, November 23rd- Closed

Friday, November 24th- Closed


Sunday, December 24th- Closed

Monday, December 25th- Closed

Tuesday, December 26th- Closed

New Years:

Sunday, December 31st- Closed

Monday, January 1st- Closed

Education Programs at the GQHF

Education Programs at the GQHF

The Gaslamp Museum offers a range of school programs that can be adapted from preschool through high school. Each program has been designed to highlight an important aspect of the Gaslamp and Downtown San Diego’s history. The Davis-Horton House is a time capsule of early San Diego living history. All tour rates are based on a minimum of 20 students.


A Walk Through Time at GQHF

All Grades

The Davis-Horton House is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego, dating to 1850. The House was a barracks for military officers, home to San Diego’s Founding Father, Alonzo Horton, the first county hospital, a boarding house, an illegal distillery, a look-out for a German spy, plus much more! Through illuminating stories of its past residents and an exploration of the House, students can better imagine life in San Diego between 1850 and 1920. $4 per student. 60 minutes.

History with Bum the Dog

K-4th Grades

Children go back in time to the 1890s as they hear about to our beloved town dog, Bum.  They’ll learn about this furry icon of San  Diego history and the many places, historical figures and points of interest that Bum visited. This program is kept onsite with a tour of the House, a visit to the pocket park for a close-up look at Bum’s statue, and a puppet making activity or story time.  Older grades will enjoy a House tour, stories by the statue of Bum, and short walk around the Gaslamp to look at several notable buildings up close. They’ll also receive an activity book on the architecture of the Gaslamp to take back to class with them. $6 per student. 90 minutes.

Culture Connections

5th–8th grade

This 90-minute Walking Tour and House Tour explores the cultural influence of various groups of people such as Native Americans, Mexicans, Filipinos, African-Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and others, on the Gaslamp Quarter. Students will explore the era between 1850-1920, a time when the Gaslamp was a vibrant community of many races, religions, and languages.  The Walking Tour portion will explore the influence of  different cultures on the architecture of the area and the tour of the House will provide a unique glimpse into what it was like to live in that time period.  $6 per student. 90 minutes.


Building Blocks

5th-High School

This program focuses on the architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter as represented through its stately, historic buildings. The stylized structures express the traits of  several architectural themes present within the nationally designated Historic Gaslamp District. This program includes a walking tour to allow students a close up look at several important architectural styles of the Gaslamp and a STEAM inspired building exercise. $6 per student. 90 minutes. Optional tour of the Davis-Horton House available (adds 30 minutes)


History in the Classroom

All Grades

The GQHF  is happy to bring the history of the Gaslamp straight into your classroom!  Our educators can teach lessons on architecture, early San Diego history, and life downtown from 1850 to 1920.  With the help of pictures and props, the lessons come alive in the convenience of your own classroom. Free Program.

Pocket Park

Our Pocket Park is featured on many of our tours. It is home to  home to the beautiful bronze statues of Bum the Dog and his friend Grey Friar’s Bobby. Both can  “talk” with the add of a QR Code and tell their own story. The Park is a wonderful, shady place for snack,  an activity or lunch breaks.


GQHF offers internships to high school students who wish to build their resumes and college application profiles through volunteerism. College and university students may earn course credit through internships offered each semester or quarter. Please contact us to inquire about available opportunities.


History Talks! Why do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?

History Talks! Why do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?

Join the Gaslamp Museum in exploring the fascinating story behind the historic architecture of the Davis-Horton House with our History Talks! lecture Why Do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?  The lecture takes place at the Gaslamp Museum on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm. Dan Haslam, a current GQHF Board Member and retired attorney, will share his research into how an architectural style that originated in Cape Cod traveled across the west to end up in places such as San Diego, Sacramento, and even Honolulu.

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

November 15, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

History for the Holidays

History for the Holidays

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is pleased to announce their holiday open house “History for the Holidays” Sunday, December 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please join us in welcoming the holidays with free tours of the Davis-Horton House. Whether you are seeing the house for the first time or hundredth, our beautiful holiday decorations are sure to get you in a festive spirit. Our Docent team will be dressed in their Victorian best and ready to tell you fascinating stories about the house and its past residents. Don’t miss this special holiday event!


Watch The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo jingle its way down 4th avenue at 3:00pm from our pocket park!




The Spy in the Attic  October 18th

The Spy in the Attic October 18th

The next installment of the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton’s History Talks! lecture series explores a little known story of San Diego espionage. On October 18th, GQHF Historian, Sandee Wilhoit, will share her research into a fascinating part of Davis-Horton House history, when a German spy set up operations in the attic. German officer Karl Offer used the attics vantage point to watch and report on the movement of the American Pacific Fleet in San Diego Bay.  Come learn the story of Karl Offer and the Davis-Horton House’s place in espionage history!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

October 18, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Halloween Paranormal Investigation

Legend has it that the boundary between this world and the next is thinnest on Halloween night. Join the Gaslamp Museum and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an extra special Paranormal Investigation and see for yourself!

This is our last Paranormal Investigation on the year! Buy your tickets before its too late.

The Davis-Horton House: Alive with Spirits from the Past?  

Touted by many as, “the most haunted house in the Gaslamp Quarter,” the Davis-Horton House has become a popular place for investigating paranormal activities — occurrences that fall outside of what’s considered normal or that can’t be explained scientifically. Paranormal research teams present evidence to support their claims of having made contact with several house spirits. They’ve recorded voices, taken photos, and shot video to document their surprising findings.  These other-worldly experiences are available to the public through monthly Paranormal Investigations tours, led by San Diego Ghost Huntersa professional paranormal research team that conducts on-site investigations. You may bring cameras, smart-phones, and digital sound recorders, but NO PROFESSIONAL MEDIA EQUIPMENT is allowed with guests.

Since space is limited, we require that you make reservations and pay in advance for the Investigation.  You may make your reservation via our website, or you can call for reservations at (619) 233-4692. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm the day of the Investigation. Tickets cannot be purchased at the Investigation.

NO REFUNDS.  If you must cancel your reservation, we will re-schedule you for a future tour date (future dates will be in 2018)

Admission for this two-hour tour and investigation is $40.00. Click Here to Buy Tickets 

Since the Davis-Horton House is an historical museum, we ask that you please respect the house, its contents, and its past residents. Thank you for leaving behind any food and drink; alcohol is not allowed either. Inebriated guests will not be allowed to participate.

Guests under the age of 18 must to be accompanied by an adult. The investigation is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.

Sells out at 20 people


History Talks! Medical Care in Early San Diego

History Talks! Medical Care in Early San Diego

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House’s lecture series next installment explores medicine’s development in San Diego.  “Early Medical Care in San Diego” will delve into the techniques and instruments used in years past to treat disease and injury. Giving the lecture is the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House’s Executive Director, Catalina Preskill, M.D.

Dr. Preskill retired as a pediatrician from Kaiser Permanente after thirty years and is a volunteer physician at the St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic. Her lecture will look into the fascinating world of early medicine and the Davis-Horton House’s place in the medical history of San Diego.  Mrs. Anna Scheper ran the first County Hospital in downtown San Diego out of the Davis-Horton house for nine years. The Hospital room memorializes this piece of the Houses history.

Come learn about another facet of the Davis-Horton House and San Diego’s history and perhaps leave with a bit of “Old-Time medical advice”!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!


Watch the lecture Here! 

Monster Bash 2018

Monster Bash 2018

THE 18TH ANNUAL MONSTER BASH  San Diego’s Largest Halloween Outdoor Block Party Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Check out the information from 2017! Information on Monsterbash 2018 will be coming soon!

San Diego, CA – The 17th Annual Monster Bash returns on Saturday, October 28th from 6pm to Midnight to transform the iconic Gaslamp Quarter into a wicked wonderland unlike ever seen before. Drawing flocks of costumed crowds from every state in the US, Monster Bash has earned its title as one of So Cal’s hottest Halloween block parties and 2017 promises to be the biggest show yet. The event boasts five themed stages to transport revelers into hellish realms of fear and intrigue with stacked lineups of world class entertainment with DJ sets and live performances by trap, edm, hip hop, house, and progressive artists.

Each year Monster Bash pushes the limits of creativity with epic themed stages that transport partygoers out of Downtown and into twisted realms that tip-toe the line between guests’ most twisted fantasies and biggest fears. Step right up to the big top terror of Clown Carnage where menacing painted faces lurk from every corner. Phantom clowns have been disturbing the country with their eerie appearances and they have now found their haven within the Monster Bash venue. The hot pink mansion of your childhood memories has gotten a gruesome makeover as your plastic host exacts her revenge on her torturous puppet masters in the Twisted Dream House. Don’t let the beautiful blondes fool you here – their melted faces hide a troubling secret that they won’t soon forget! At the Asylum, if you can read the writing on the wall, it is too late to turn back. Consumed by darkness and unable to escape, the Asylum introduces you to a gang of abandoned asylum patients who have come to exact their revenge on the partygoers of Monster Bash.  A wasteland of forgotten corpses, dismembered creatures, and swarms of pestilence, Death & Decay is a nightmare come alive. Come to terms with your own morality and beware the kiss of death hanging on the air. Come to this stage to be judged and deemed fit for the $5K costume contest finals.

Partygoers can upgrade their ticket with VIP perks to take their experience to the next level with exclusive access into the Black Butterfly VIP. Within the twisted darkness of the Black Butterfly VIP, attendees enjoy 5 complimentary drinks, easy access entry, a VIP lounge,  $1 off all drinks at the VIP bar, private upgraded comfort station restrooms (no more going in the dark!), and more!

NEW this year we are revamping the competition with the Death & Decay stage, a dedicated costume contest stage where everyone can be judged by a celebrity panel of your favorite local radio jocks! Monster Bash hosts San Diego’s most creative, over-the-top costumed revelers as they compete in the infamous Monster Bash Costume Contest. Ditch store-bought costumes and start planning your costume now for your chance to win over $5000 in CASH prizes.


Ticket Pricing Tiers:

GA                                                                                           VIP

    $30 through September 7th                                               $70 through September 7th

•       $40 through October 5th

•       $50 through October 19th

•       $55 through October 27th

•       $60 on the day of

•       $75 through October 5th

•       $85 through October 19th

•       $95 through October 27th

•       $110 on the day of


**Active and retired military take $5 off GA and $10 off VIP at each price tier


Your Monster Bash wristband also gets you food and drink specials and free cover at over 20 different participating restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.  You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter.

This event benefits The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and East Village Association, which promote, protect, and preserve the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village through advocacy, community relations, and promotional programs.  For more ticket or event information, visit or call McFarlane Promotions, Inc. at 619.233.5008.