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Whaley House Museum Complex

The Whaley House Museum, a not-to-be-missed experience that will be enjoyed by persons of all ages.

The historic Verna House, which houses the SOHO Museum Shop. This 1870s French Mansard was moved to its current location, next to the Whaley House, to save it from demolition in 1965. The Museum Shop features Whaley House souvenirs and t-shirts, an eclectic assortment of gifts and art that will appeal to everyone, and a large selection of books on San Diego History, architecture, art, and the paranormal.

Two false front store buildings, of which there are only two others that still exist in the City of San Diego, that were moved from downtown San Diego to the Whaley House Complex in 1964 to save them from demolition. The two at the Whaley House Complex currently house the New Orleans Creole Café. The cafe offers indoor and outdoor patio dining.

Our replica nineteenth-century rustic gazebo seating area is the perfect place to relax after a hearty meal or a walk through Old Town State Park.

The historic Derby-Pendleton House. This c. 1850 wood-frame and adobe structure is named for its two best-known residents, humorist George Horatio Derby (better known by his pennames "Squibob" and "John Phoenix") and San Diego County Clerk and Recorder George Allen Pendleton. The building was moved out of the path of Interstate 5 to its current location in 1962. Although it is not open to the public, it provides a classic backdrop to the Whaley House grounds. Read more about the Derby-Pendleton House from the July 2005 issue of SOHO's Reflections newsletter.

We need volunteers for the Whaley House Museum!


2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego 92110
(619) 297-7511


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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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