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Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

7825 Fay Ave, Courtyard Level, behind the elevators, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4252
+1 858-653-6277
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A "must" for map lovers

This little-known, FREE museum is a hidden treasure - a huge collection of antique maps... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
San Diego, CA
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Surprising Museum in the Center of La Jolla

This is a “must-see” for anyone interested in history and geography. Very well organized and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Diego, California
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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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7825 Fay Ave, Courtyard Level, behind the elevators, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4252
+1 858-653-6277
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This little-known, FREE museum is a hidden treasure - a huge collection of antique maps, beautifully displayed in a lovely, modern museum! I have lived in the San Diego area for nearly 40 years and can't believe that I only discovered the museum today! Check...More

Thank Judikin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a “must-see” for anyone interested in history and geography. Very well organized and curated for a small museum with detailed descriptions posted for each and every item in the collection. Gives good explanations of how map-making evolved through the centuries i.e., maps were...More

Thank merlot1234
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This small museum is such a special collection of antique, priceless maps from across the centuries. Our teenagers even thought they were so very cool! Based on our teens' experiences, we organized an outing for our Boy Scout Troop and the boys (+ parents/siblings) loved...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This unique museum was enthralling, and would be for any historical map lover. It is very well organized and presented, with a wealth of maps from circa 1500 until the early 1900's. An hour and a half just zipped by, and this would always be...More

Thank Bill L
Reviewed 16 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
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank lindymiles
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank robertcsd
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank OverijsselTraveller
Reviewed 31 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...More

Thank Reijen
Reviewed 11 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....More

Thank rlglass760
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