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Junipero Serra Museum, San Diego

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Operated by the San Diego History Center, the Junípero Serra Museum is an iconic regional landmark.

Located just above Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Serra sits on one of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, the site of the first permanent European settlement in what is today the State of California. With its renowned architecture and historic setting, the Junípero Serra museum is one of San Diego’s preferred wedding and event sites.
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  • This museum is a bit of a surprise in several ways! First, I have seen the "chapel" many times while driving by, but did not realize it was a "museum." Although, to my ignorance, I was not really... 
    This museum is a bit of a surprise in several ways! First, I have seen the "chapel" many times while driving by, but did not realize it was a "museum." Although, to my ignorance, I was not really...  more »
  • In addition to the Old Town, we decided to climb the hill for this museum. The museum is dedicated to the the founder of the first mission in San Diego. Very nice building, with some great views of... 
    In addition to the Old Town, we decided to climb the hill for this museum. The museum is dedicated to the the founder of the first mission in San Diego. Very nice building, with some great views of...  more »
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  • The Junipero Serra Museum created the most beautiful backdrop for our romantic summer wedding under the stars. When looking for a venue, we had some pretty specific criteria: -Outdoor Reception (the San Diego weather deserves to be taken advantage of) -Beautiful view -Dancing until 11pm -Within the city of San Diego (less than 20 mins from USD) -The right size for 100 guests (not too big, not too small) You'd be surprised by how few venues fit this criteria. With our church wedding taking place at USD, we were firm on our criteria, but all it took was a few steps across the terrace at the Serra Museum to know it was the one. First of all, the museum itself is stunning. They recently re-stucco'd the exterior of the building giving it a pristine white color. The arches across the terrace perfectly framed components of our event like our bar, DJ and lounge set up. Then, turn the other way and you've got a beautiful sunset view that stretches for miles. The sun set perfectly as our guests were seated for dinner and during dancing, we were treated to a spectacular firework show from Sea World. Additional considerations when planning a wedding: If you wanted, you could hold your ceremony in the museum itself. The museum was available for use during our reception. They have plenty of parking. They have a preferred vendor list and you must use one of the approved caterers. The list was plentiful and we went with the Abbey Catering, who did a phenomenal job. The venue is a historic building and not ADA compliant. There are a lot of stairs, but the height on the hill makes for the perfect views. We have to give a shoutout to the venue's coordinator, Sue, who is fabulous! She was so responsive and made herself available on numerous occasions for us to tour the space and walk through with our various vendors. We loved working with her and were so grateful for all of her help throughout the entire planning process. You can walk the terrace at anytime so we love that for years to come, we'll be able to come back to revisit the special place that will forever hold a spot in our hearts.
  • It's a neat historic spot. Not a great tourist spot. Difficult to get there by foot. Safest way is to access it by car.

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