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San Diego Police Museum

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Address: 4710 College Ave, San Diego, CA

This museum, reflecting the history of San Diego's police department,...

This museum, reflecting the history of San Diego's police department, opened in February of this year. It has a wonderful collection of artifacts dating from the late 1800's to the present. Vintage photos, badges, uniforms, clothing, police equipment, journals, letters, books... literally anything & everything related to law enforcement in San Diego. The SDPD Museum contributes an educational and nostalgic representation of the history of law enforcement in our city. Helpful docents are available to answer questions, or you can take a self-guided tour. Photography is permitted, and there is a nice gift shop on premises, as well as onsite free parking. The museum was put into effect by the SanDiego Police Historical Association, and has been in our local news as our city's newest historical contribution.

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Small but worth a visit

When you enter you are welcomed by volunteers who are retired SDPD cops sat behind an old wooden station desk. The museum is small but full of informative exhibits & artefacts... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Sarah E
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

When you enter you are welcomed by volunteers who are retired SDPD cops sat behind an old wooden station desk. The museum is small but full of informative exhibits & artefacts with lots of real police items donated by ex-cops & their families. They have a wall of remembrance & a wall of officers receiving bravery medals, each telling that... More 

Thank Sarah E
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

We are a household of proud police supporters and my five year old daughter is no exception. We decided to check out the history of the SDPD. This is a great little museum that touches on every bit of its history. There is no fee to get in, but they do take donations. They have a small gift shop as... More 

Thank jeh15343
Fairfax County, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2016

As a former SDPD Officer, and now a federal working in DC, I wanted to visit the museum when on a trip to visit family. I checked the website, took note of operational hours, even emailed them . . . twice. NO response; should have been my first clue. I took my wife with me, eager to see what was... More 

1 Thank Mark R
Loma Linda, California
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

You can see the old jail and old photos. There is a lot of shopping and plenty of places to eat. There is a great little cheese shop around the corner. You can take your picture - like you would in a line-up or take a pic behind the bars. fun stuff!

1 Thank seaduck777
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 19 November 2014 via mobile

A bit out of the way but drive was well worth it.. Very interesting and staffed by volunteer retired SDPD officers (say hi to Big Stan...34 years of service with SDPD...class act) Tonnes of exhibits about history of SDPD includes features about Lady and African Americans Officers. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. All in all a great visit:)... More 

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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

2 adults 1 teen 1 child. Our 8 year old is in the police/firefighter/ good guy stage of his imaginative life and we figured exploring this museum would captivate his imagination. We were not wrong and even our 17 year old found this museum to be captivating as well. It is an intimate museum in that it is small enough... More 

2 Thank Danimal3474
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

It is an intimate historical piece worth seeing and viewing esp the size of the jails with ltd space housing 2 per cell. The restoration made this visit a remembrance.

1 Thank lyfeworksjkl
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

A small museum giving the history of policing in San Diego along with many artefacts. Clearly run by people who are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, but it needed to be a bit more organised, exhibit fewer artefacts but provide more individual information - suspect space is an issue. Having said that what shone through was the bravery and commitment of... More 

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Reviewed 21 June 2012

The web address is actually www.sdpolicemuseum.com

2 Thank carirusso
Washington, DC
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

This is such a great little building. The exterior architecture was mid-century cool! My sister, my tween-age son and I went together. My son was bored, but my sister and I really enjoyed it. The staff was so friendly. Seemed to be retired cops manning the place, and the one guy told us a bunch of historical stuff of which... More 

2 Thank jyunllc

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