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Wieghorst Western Heritage Center

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Address: 131 Rea Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020-3918
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Westerns are worth the effort!

This house turned museum is well worth the hour or two to learn more about the Western history in San Diego County. Yes, there are still cowboys in East County. The museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2016
WatermelonLady
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La Mesa
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

You'll enjoy art from several artists all displayed with care. The small gallery is not to be missed when visiting East San Diego County.

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La Mesa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This house turned museum is well worth the hour or two to learn more about the Western history in San Diego County. Yes, there are still cowboys in East County. The museum collection is not only one of Wieghorst paintings and memorabilia, but also other Western stuff as well. Visitors and residents alike should take the time to visit!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Why more people don't know about the Weighorst is a mystery. It's great local history in the heart of downtown El Cajon surrounded by galleries, fashion shops, and really good restaurants! The museum is filled with fine southwestern art, and the stories of the local family is extremely interesting. The plants! I have succulent-envy every time I go by! Fabulous... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Olaf Wieghorst was a fabulous artist who grew up in El Cajon. The WWHC is housed in the very place that Olaf lived in. This is the integral part of El Cajon for so long before it added the mall. I remember shopping around there growing up. I love the museum that houses the art as I am a history... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

There is enough art here to spend ten minutes....but only if you are into old west paintings. Not much of anything beyond that. I wouldn't drive out of your way to see it.

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

Olaf Wieghorst was a talented artist of the Western genre. The museum is housed the the old adobe home that he lived in on Renette Ave. In El Cajon, a few blocks from where it sits now.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

I love love love the cactus garden. Lots of unusual varieties with spiny spines and without. Olaf Wieghorse settled in El Cajon and has captured the old west in his wonderful paintings. This place celebrates his work. If you find yourself in El Cajon, this is worth a visit. I recommend "When the time comes for me to put away... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

If you Blink you will miss this museum. If you like American Art or Western Displays, then you have to make this a must stop while in San Diego. They have his house and a small Strip mall Art Gallery. The docens are top noch and show they care about Wieghorst and his Art.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

This is a very well done tribute to local artist Olaf Wieghorst and his beautiful, western art. Many his works are attractively displayed in a historical setting. Well worth several visits.

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013

You have never heard of this artist but you have definitely seen his artwork. Olaf Wieghorst captured the spirit of the west in paintings that breathe with movement and light. Many of them have graced the covers of magazines over and over again. The museum comprises both an art gallery and the artist's house with a number of period artifacts.... More 

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