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Sheriff's Museum

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Address: 2384 San Diego Ave, Old Town, San Diego, CA 92110-2834
Phone Number: +1 619-260-1850
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Fun for a Quick Visit

I've walked by this museum a bunch of times when I have been visiting San Diego. However, we usually have our dog with us (in his stroller) because we are traveling, so we never... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Marina del Rey, California
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Marina del Rey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've walked by this museum a bunch of times when I have been visiting San Diego. However, we usually have our dog with us (in his stroller) because we are traveling, so we never went in. We finally ended up staying in San Diego for a couple of nights, so we thought it might be worth it to pop into... More 

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Seattle WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time at this free museum in the Old Town area of San Diego. There were lots of interactive displays that I think people of all ages would enjoy. There were also a couple of interesting exhibits about specific crimes in San Diego Co, including the people who got sucked into the Heaven's Gate community and eventually... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you like law enforcement "stuff", this is a good place to visit. There are many separate rooms and displays to visit over the two floors of the museum. Vehicles, badges, uniforms, jail cells, weapons and so on. Interactive things for children to do. This venue is also free but donations are accepted. A gift shop with various items is... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Really interesting insight into the law enforcement departments. A couple of touching displays around staff who had lost their lives in service. Very helpful staff and lots of fun photo opportunities. No entrance fee but donations. Well worth at least the $5 suggested. 4 ladies from UK spent a very fun afternoon here, with lots of photos to show!

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fabulous museum in old town built into the original foundation of the first San Diego jail. The docent was great and full of impressive knowledge. They've got video tapes throughout for most display areas. You could easily spend 1-2 hours here if you look at every exhibit and video.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of historical and contemporary exhibits. Interesting to learn about Heavens Gateway cult but also about women in the police.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The museum was a joy to vist, very indepth exhibits of not only local San Diego but also exhibits of law enforcement in thw wider california area and staff were extremely plesent!!

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We spotted this museum across the street from the Model Railroad. We headed inside to a very friendly welcome from the owners (one of whom comes from my neck of the woods in the UK - small world). They told us we could sit on or in anything, take photos anywhere and to enjoy ourselves - so we did. Was... More 

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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Having been to several Police Museums in the US, this is by far the best, a lot of fun, lots of photo opps, vehicles, including a helicopter, so much better than the rip offs at Balboa Park.

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Ramona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

From Hardesty to Gore, it's 166 years of history, equipment, photos. You can have your picture taken locked up in jail, sitting on a motorcycle or patrol car, or in a helicopter. All docents have prior law enforcement experience and they enjoy telling you what they know. This is a great place for kids and parents to learn about police... More 

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