Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla, La Jolla

#23 of 32 in Museums in San Diego
Saturday Open Hours are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Admission is free at all times. This is the private collection of Mr Michael Stone and features 500 years of rare maps and atlases. Maps by Ortelius, Blaeu, and Ben Franklin. 20th century thematic maps by Jo Mora, including his rare cartoon map of San Diego. The 1493 "Columbus Letter". All this and much more is on display at the Museum. . Contact to arrange a group visit.
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  • I visited when you were staying in La Jolla, California. Enjoyed the spectacular Museum map and decorated with a lot of beautiful work atmosphere, such as old maps, map of area were painted, to works of art is not just map exhibits.
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  • If you or your children are interested in geography, history and interesting stories, you must take advantage of this small gem of a museum. Created by a private collector with a passion for maps, thi...  more »
  • We just kind of stumbled across this museum on the internet while at breakfast in La Jolla. It wasn’t something we had preplanned yet thankfully they were open the day we visited. It is not really eas...  more »
  • It a magnificent place to discover and enjoy and appreciate the intricacies of maps and map making over the centuries. It was amazing!
  • This place is amazing. First off, admission is free! They have maps on display going back to the late 1400s. The Museum is laid out in themes and geographic regions, including Colonization, California is an Island, Africa, Europe, Asia, world atlases, and The Holy Land. They also offer magnifying glasses so you can better see the detail on these maps. Each map is also complemented by captions that explain the significance of the map, how it was created, and why. The Museum also has a handful of objects, like a waywiser and and astroblabe. I chatted with the Museum Director and Assistant Director during my visit, and they are very knowledgeable. If you live in the area, this Museum is a must. We made a special trip from Phoenix, and it was totally worth it.
  • Awesome private collection of old maps. A great place to visit!
  • This is a hidden gem inside of this building. It's a free museum with so much history. I could say here for hours looking at these maps.
  • Beautiful venue.... wonderful collection

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