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San Diego Police Museum

4710 College Ave, San Diego, CA
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Small but worth a visit

When you enter you are welcomed by volunteers who are retired SDPD cops sat behind an old wooden... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Sarah E
via mobile

We are a household of proud police supporters and my five year old daughter is no exception. We... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Kansas City, Missouri
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This museum, reflecting the history of San Diego's police department, opened in February of this year. It has a wonderful collection of artifacts dating from the late 1800's to the present. Vintage photos, badges, uniforms, clothing, police equipment, journals, letters, books... literally anything & everything related to law enforcement in San Diego. The SDPD Museum contributes an educational and nostalgic representation of the history of law enforcement in our city. Helpful docents are available to answer questions, or you can take a self-guided tour. Photography is permitted, and there is a nice gift shop on premises, as well as onsite free parking. The museum was put into effect by the SanDiego Police Historical Association, and has been in our local news as our city's newest historical contribution.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible8%
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4710 College Ave, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

When you enter you are welcomed by volunteers who are retired SDPD cops sat behind an old wooden station desk. The museum is small but full of informative exhibits & artefacts with lots of real police items donated by ex-cops & their families. They have...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

We are a household of proud police supporters and my five year old daughter is no exception. We decided to check out the history of the SDPD. This is a great little museum that touches on every bit of its history. There is no fee...More

Thank jeh15343
Reviewed 14 February 2016

As a former SDPD Officer, and now a federal working in DC, I wanted to visit the museum when on a trip to visit family. I checked the website, took note of operational hours, even emailed them . . . twice. NO response; should have...More

1  Thank Mark R
Reviewed 12 January 2015

You can see the old jail and old photos. There is a lot of shopping and plenty of places to eat. There is a great little cheese shop around the corner. You can take your picture - like you would in a line-up or take...More

1  Thank seaduck777
Reviewed 20 November 2014

A bit out of the way but drive was well worth it.. Very interesting and staffed by volunteer retired SDPD officers (say hi to Big Stan...34 years of service with SDPD...class act) Tonnes of exhibits about history of SDPD includes features about Lady and African...More

Thank Doug L
Reviewed 25 July 2014

2 adults 1 teen 1 child. Our 8 year old is in the police/firefighter/ good guy stage of his imaginative life and we figured exploring this museum would captivate his imagination. We were not wrong and even our 17 year old found this museum to...More

2  Thank Danimal3474
Reviewed 18 March 2014

It is an intimate historical piece worth seeing and viewing esp the size of the jails with ltd space housing 2 per cell. The restoration made this visit a remembrance.

1  Thank lyfeworksjkl
Reviewed 3 July 2012

A small museum giving the history of policing in San Diego along with many artefacts. Clearly run by people who are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, but it needed to be a bit more organised, exhibit fewer artefacts but provide more individual information - suspect space...More

1  Thank jch_12
Reviewed 22 June 2012

The web address is actually www.sdpolicemuseum.com

2  Thank carirusso
Reviewed 23 September 2011

This is such a great little building. The exterior architecture was mid-century cool! My sister, my tween-age son and I went together. My son was bored, but my sister and I really enjoyed it. The staff was so friendly. Seemed to be retired cops manning...More

2  Thank jyunllc
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