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Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

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Address: 7825 Fay Ave, Courtyard Level, behind the elevators, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4252
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+1 858-653-6277
11:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 11:00 - 16:00

A private collection sampling 500 years of cartography. Over 200 items on...

A private collection sampling 500 years of cartography. Over 200 items on display, many one of a kind. Free admission, no donations expected and we do not sell anything except the enjoyment of some of the rarest maps in the work and that is at a price of Zero dollars.

In addition to our Wednesday and Thursday open days, we are also OPEN the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 11-4

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Free Map Museum

Great educational experience. Private collection of antique maps many of which are history of Calif. These are artistic as well as educational. Child friendly. Check for hours

Reviewed 15 March 2017
marion f
La Jolla, California
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La Jolla, California
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great educational experience. Private collection of antique maps many of which are history of Calif. These are artistic as well as educational. Child friendly. Check for hours

1 Thank marion f
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

What a find! The rooms in this small but beautifully lit and well-organized museum are filled with original, aesthetically-mounted maps of the world dating from the dawn of the printing press. We expected to spend an hour looking at the collection but we spent over two hours and plan to return to study what we didn’t see. The commentary for... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I have visited many of the attractions and museums in San Diego. So when looking for something new I came across the Map Museum in La Jolla. It is tucked away in a commercial building but still easy to find and when you walk in you are immediately greeted and given an overview of the museum. Maps in the museum... More 

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This collector has generously decided to share his extensive collection with the public, perfectly displayed and with explanatory text. Especially if you like history you will really enjoy the development of the ideas about geography and place names. And if you like graphic arts this is a must.

Thank OverijsselTraveller
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

My husband found this as he is a map enthusiast, but I also really enjoyed it and learned a lot as the exhibits provided interesting background and context for the maps. FYI it's a private collection open limited days and it's tucked away inside a shopping plaza behind the glass elevators.

Thank Reijen
San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Richard gave us a great tour and enabled us to appreciate this wonderful collection much better than we could have done on our own. I think most people looking at old maps would benefit from a knowledgeable, passionate guide, and Richard is just that person. We feel lucky to have this amazing museum in our community, and we thank the... More 

Thank rlglass760
Somerville, MA
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This museum is terrific. Not to be missed. And free! The museum takes us not just through the history of maps, but it also takes us through the history of (mostly European/Western) human thought - how we envisioned the world and our place in it. The placard notes were exceedingly well written. Calm, peaceful atmosphere. Travel hint: be prepared for... More 

Thank Brigit-Saule
Blacksburg, Virginia
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

A map lover's paradise! Many old and rare maps from a private collection. I could spend all day here. Friendly host and nice music in the background

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La Jolla, California
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158 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Map and Atlas Museum is a small but true gem and well worth visiting if you have an hour (or two) to spare. It is free of charge, and good for adults and kids over the age of 10. Located in the non-descript Merrill Lynch building that houses a gym, Lean and Green Cafe, a travel agency and other... More 

Thank ElleLaJolla
San Diego, California
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232 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This small museum in a treasure that few people know about and you MUST go. If you are an adult who likes any kind of history/geography.... GO! If you have kids from age 10-20, GO! This is a private collection of antique maps, including early maps of Europe, America and Asia. Just take time to peruse the various rooms and... More 

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