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Our Museum
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The second largest history museum in San Diego County, the Escondido History Center was founded as the Escondido Historical Society on February 3, 1956 and incorporated on June 28. In 1975, Heritage Walk was established, incorporating the barn, a windmill, wagon, and blacksmith shop. In 1978, a Victorian house from Ivy St. was moved here, but it was lost to arson in 1979 and in 1980, the Hoffman House was donated to replace it.  In 2006, our name was changed to the Escondido History Center.

Collections include thousands of photographs, ephemera, artifacts, directories, and books related to Escondido and the surrounding area.  Exhibits in our five buildings and Pullman train car provide a view of history dating back hundreds of years in the Hidden Valley.

Our Team 


Board of Directors

Cynthia Castañeda - Executive Director

Hannah Ramirez - Administrative Assistant

June Rady, President
Kent Baker, Vice President
Stephanie Glanz, Secretary
Robert Johnson, Treasurer
Edith Hillebrecht
Tom Humphrey
Ruth Kingcade
Sheila Stone




321 N. Broadway

(In Grape Day Park)

Escondido, CA 92025


P.O. Box 263

Escondido, CA 92033


Research Center

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

Museum Complex

Depot: Saturday 1-4pm

Victorian:1st and 2nd Saturday


*Call ahead for confirmation


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