GQHF offers many tours for our guests: from architectural and historical Children’s Tours, to Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tours, to tours of the Davis-Horton House, and to Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations. Our programs serve as educational tools that allow the Foundation to fulfill its mission of preserving the architecture, culture and history of the Gaslamp Quarter, while sharing San Diego’s amazing heritage along the way.
All tours begin or take place at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Avenue (at the corner of Fourth and Island Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Avenue, one block south of Market Street in the Gaslamp).
There are NO REFUNDS.
Walk-ins are welcome, but a spot on the tour cannot be guaranteed if you do not buy tickets 24 hours in advance. If the tour is in less than 24 hours please call 619-233-4692 for availability.
We also offer custom private tours that include Architectural, Red Light District, Wyatt Earp, and Japanese Historical. Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact us to craft the perfect tour for your group! For information on these and other custom tours, contact the Museum, 619-233-4692 or [email protected]
Tour Downtown San Diego's oldest building the Davis-Horton House from the comfort of your own home! Built in 1850 and lived in until the late 1970s the Davis-Horton House gives a unique story of San Diego History. Lovingly restored after its donation to the city in the 1980s its period rooms tell the many stories of its former occupants and uses. Join your guide for a private tour into its history. Our virtual format allows you to go beyond the velvet ropes to get up close views of artifacts and antiques that the public rarely get to view. This tour can be customized towards your interests! All Tours are virtual over Zoom and include a PDF of our self-guided tour brochure. Tour is approximately 30 minutes. Please email us at [email protected] to book your private zoom tour. Based on staff availability. Booking must be at least 24 hours in advance.
Join us for some Christmas cheer! Enjoy our special Holiday tour! Did you know that many of our Christmas traditions originated or became popular during the Victorian Era? Step back in time to explore the festively decorated Davis-Horton House period rooms that bring to life different Victorian holiday traditions! Daytime tours: Saturday 12-19 at 11am, or Tuesday 12-22 at 3pm. Evening candle lit tour: Wednesday 12-30 at 6pm
Join us for a new tour of the Davis-Horton House! Did you know that many of our Christmas traditions originated or became popular during the Victorian Era? The holidays have always been a special time at the museum and our staff and volunteers always decorated the House in style for the holiday season but this year it is truly a sight to behold- virtually! Come along with your guide to explore the period rooms decorated to explore different Victorian Holiday traditions! As a special treat you will get to continue the fun at home with a Davis-Horton House Victorian Christmas Tour PDF full of history, activities, and other surprises! All Tours are virtual over Zoom and include access to the exclusive Victorian Christmas Tour brochure (PDF) full of fun holiday history and activities! Tour is approximately 30 minutes. Weekday daytime tours (9am-4pm) : $40.00 Weekend daytime tours (Saturday/Sunday 9am-4pm): $50.00 Evening candle lit tour (5pm-7pm) : $50.00 Please email us at [email protected] to book your private zoom tour. Based on staff availability. Booking must be at least 24 hours in advance.
The moon is out and the veil is thin come hear ghostly tales of the spirits that reside within! Many souls have passed in and out of the Davis-Horton House- the oldest standing edifice in downtown San Diego, and some believe these souls never left. In its 170-year history, the house has been used as [...]
Join the 1st ever Fall Back Scavenger Hunt! Explore the Gaslamp in this fun games for families to learn about San Diego History! $40.00 for a team with up to 5 players.
Dim the lights, log on via zoom, and enjoy as we take you inside what many believe to be the most haunted house in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Your guide will show you various paranormal investigation tools- both vintage and modern! Then we will explore a couple of the rooms in the museum where people have claimed to experience paranormal phenomena. Halloween night only!
This month, come hear never before told tales of the Davis-Horton House's ghostly visitors from the people who know it best- the Staff of the Gaslamp Museum. For three evening's this October, join one of your hosts; Jamie, Rhiannon, or Sandee as they bring you (virtually) into the House and tell you of their own experiences of unexplained happenings, ghostly sightings, and more.
Paranormal Investigations are currently on hiatus. Please join us for Ghostly Tales virtual to hear about the experiences staff have had working in the house.