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“Interesting but needs organization”

Julian Pioneer Museum
Ranked #7 of 38 things to do in Julian
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San Marcos, California
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting but needs organization”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Interesting assortment of artifacts and of "junk". Loved the beautiful antique piano. As well as the collection of shoes. There's a $3 donation. As another reviewer said, they need to identify and organize everything. Some had been but the handwritten notes have deteriorated and hard to read. Many had no identification and so you don't know what you're looking at. Many things are just stacked around and under and on top of other things. Some look like they have no significance. But if identified, they might have. It appears school age children made a collection from friends and neighbors and just put them wherever there was an empty spot and nobody has kept them organized..

We enjoyed it anyway. It could be a really nice museum if organized and identified by someone who knows what they are doing - somewhat like Temecula museum - very nice little museum.

Visited September 2013
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San Diego, CA
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Needs a lot of work”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

I haven't been here in years, but noted that the exhibits are pretty much the same, although they really need a lot of work. Signage is faded and dated, and much is not labeled so you really don't know what it is you are seeing. All could use more organization to help tourists understand the history of this Gold Rush era town, and its founders.

Visited July 2013
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North Orange County CA
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great way to experience the past...history”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Great collection of frontier or pioneer artifacts from the local area. Includes mail delivery buggy, old vintage kitchen items, ranch artifacts etc. Great place to take the family and absorb the past.

Visited April 2012
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Julian
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“lots of stuff, and an attentive staff”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

If you want to know the history of Julian and see some real artifacts, don't miss the Museum. Adjacent to the museum are a couple of replica buildings and a nicely restored gas powered stage. There is a nice little park on the property for your sack lunch or just sitting.

Visited September 2012
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San Marcos, California
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Packed little town museum”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Lots of funky history here, mostly local stuff but also an eclectic range of other items. Great way to spend time in town, but it is frequently not open.

Visited April 2012
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