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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-702-8138
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The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the Spreckels brothers to the city of San Diego on January 1, 1914. Come visit for a free concert every Sunday at 2pm and afterwards you are invited inside the building to view the pipe chambers and historic photo gallery.
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1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a Wednesday afternoon. The trip advisor hours say 10am-2pm, and while the actual pavilion was open and able for walk throughs, the organ itself was closed off. I assume this is to protect it from weather damage and/or vandalism, but it was...More

Thank npoirri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

John and Adolph Spreckels donated the Spreckels Organ to the City of San Diego in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition. The organ contains 5,000+ pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet and is the largest outdoor pipe organ in...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the Sunday afternoon Christmas concert with a parade of dachshunds. Slightly bizarre Christmas entertainment but fun, and a sing-a -long at the end. A lovely sunny December afternoon, and an interesting last outing before catching the plane back to the UK.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The new civic organist from Spain gave a dazzling debut on the first Sunday in Jan., 2018 at 2 p.m. He played a variety of music -- organ, concert, pop, show -- to show off the Spreckels organ. He ended with audience participation by five...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

A must visit on Sunday afternoons for locals and visitors alike. Whilst the organ is housed in the pavilion, the shutters lift to reveal the organ to the seated masses on benches in the park. This week introduced a new civic organist for the city...More

Thank Matt S
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

We recently spent a week in San Diego and tried to plan our time wisely. We decided early to spend a day in Balboa Park and when we learned that the outdoor theatre for the organ concerts is on Sundays we decided immediately that we...More

Thank unclelouie
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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Attending a performance at the 100+ year old Spreckels Organ Pavilion is really a must do activity for visitors (& it is much enjoyed by local residents too :). The enormous organ is played by an array of talented musicians (sometimes accompanied by vocalists too)....More

Thank G C
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We missed this attraction the last time we visited San Diego because our trip didn't include a Sunday. I wasn't going to miss it this time. Although there wasn't a huge crowd, plenty of people enjoyed an hour of lovely music. There were plenty of...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Everyone visiting San Diego should take in this experience. It's so unique. My only reason for giving a 4/5 review is because I was not a fan of the music selected. In addition to solo organ pieces, an opera quality tenor sang, Italian, of course....More

Thank Travelin41126
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

The Spreckels Organ is a beautiful outdoor organ as we saw it when we passed on the Trolley bus. When we visited the organ area the next day sadly we were not able to hear the organ but the area and area it is in...More

Thank DavidMay1945
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Terri P
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1:45 is plenty of time. Give yourself 20 minutes ahead of time if you're going to be parking.
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