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Address: 3525 7th Ave, Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
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+1 619-298-3142
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10:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
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An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample...

An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.

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One of SD's great philanthropists

Don't miss this beautiful home of George Marston and his family. Lovingly taken care of by San Diego's premier preservation organization, Save Our Heritage Organisation, this is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
nancy m
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss this beautiful home of George Marston and his family. Lovingly taken care of by San Diego's premier preservation organization, Save Our Heritage Organisation, this is a not to be missed visit while you're in Balboa Park. Don't miss the gift shop located in the old carriage house. Nice souvenirs and gifts. Not the usual tacky stuff.

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Thank nancy m
Southern NJ
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539 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Marston House is great place to learn about the local history of San Diego while seeing some fabulous period furniture and incredible wood, some of which could possibly be 1000 years old. The docent really made this tour, which was definitely worth the $15 per adult. He wove together the history of the house with the life of Mr. Marston... More 

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Madison, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Built in 1905 for the Marston family of the on the site of beautiful Balboa Park. Marston owned one of the largest department stores in Southern California and donated much of his land for Balboa Park. Constructed in the arts and crafts style, it is lovingly restored and furnished with period furniture. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave... More 

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Thank CassidyBayou
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon afternoon walking around Balboa Park. The docent there was kind enough to give us a tour. It was a step back in time!

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1 Thank Melanie H
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Having lived in San Diego many years, I am almost ashamed to say I had never been here..when friends visiting from Long Beach suggested it...Glad they did..what an incredible house and grounds...but, the history given by a very well informed docent (Lois) made it even more enjoyable..Mr. Marston was a self-made man, not inheriting his money, nor marrying it..He worked... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Having recently revisited Taliesin West in Phoenix, my husband and I jumped at the chance to see a less elaborate arts and crafts house. The Marston House, designed by Irving Gil who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, sits within the boundaries of beautiful Balboa Park and is surrounded by lush gardens and well-established shade trees. Since Gil was not university... More 

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England
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117 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Very interesting tour of a 1905 property from a very knowledgeable guide. If old properties interest you, you won't be disappointed.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

You start your visit by parking a block or two away because there is no on-site parking, but it's not hard. You can wander the 5 acre gardens and look at the outside or go to the Carriage House - now Gift Shop - and sign up for a tour. There is a charge for the tour, but we bought... More 

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California
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

about a 100-year old mansion formerly inhabited by department store Marston family; you can visit only with a 45 minute tour, but easy to get to, and full of history

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Woodstock, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

This beautiful house was the home of one of San Diego's premiere philanthropists whose generosity resulted in the preserving of the Presidio, portions of Balboa Park, and preserving the seashore for community access. Not only an incredibly beautiful tour, with furniture by Stickley and pots by Teco, but a great informational tour on the early days of San Diego.

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