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Marston House Museum

Group Tours

Five Tours to Choose From


Are you looking for unique local tour opportunities for your group? SOHO offers a choice of docent-led tours designed for groups of children, adults, senior citizens, and people with disabilities; and programs can be designed to meet your group's needs. Our docents can also travel to your facility or meeting place to offer programs for your organization or club.


Marston House Guided Tour

The 8,500-square-foot Marston House, with its extensive grounds and outbuildings, provides a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of one of San Diego's most prominent and progressive families. Learn about the family, and the master architects and landscape designers who worked with them to create one of the region's most important estates. Tours are led by a knowledgeable docent. For bus tours, the driver is complimentary. We can accommodate up to 60 visitors within two hours, 15 per 45-minute tour.

  • All tours require a minimum of 8 people
  • Groups of more than 15 will be broken into smaller numbers
  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Allow 60 to 90 minutes for your home tour at the Marston House, to include the use of restroom facilities, and allow extra time if you wish to view the public gardens as well
  • Tour starts at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

Children (6-12)

  • $5 per person including chaperones (18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 6 children

Senior Citizens

  • $10 per person

People with Disabilities

  • $10 per person
  • Only the first floor is wheelchair/walker accessible

Adults

  • $13 per person

Reserve your date and purchase tickets HERE


Urban Poetry: Irving Gill & Bankers Hill Walking Tour

The sloped terrain of Bankers Hill, near downtown San Diego, is blessed with pedestrian bridges over canyons and views of San Diego Bay that few affluent professionals and first families and their architects could resist. This 90-minute guided walking tour contains new content inspired by SOHO's celebration Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. These city blocks are rich in the early 20th-century Modern architecture that Gill pioneered and include the largest concentration of Gill homes built anywhere, on hidden Albatross Street. To learn more about this tour before making your group tour reservations click HERE.

  • All tours require a minimum of 8 people
  • Groups of more than 20 will be broken into smaller numbers
  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Tour starts on the northwest corner of Albatross Street and West Walnut Avenue, San Diego 92103

Children (6-12)

  • $5 per person including chaperones (18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Senior Citizens

  • $10 per person

People with Disabilities

  • $10 per person

Adults

  • $13 per person

Reserve your date and purchase tickets HERE


A Progressive Vision: San Diego's Seventh Avenue Walking Tour

What began as a ten-acre, barren enclave owned by George W. Marston is now the shady and secluded 3500 block of Seventh Avenue, a cul-de-sac that is perfect for a one-hour guided walking tour. This tour contains new content inspired by SOHO's celebration called Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. The Marston House Museum & Gardens is one of about ten homes on the street, built between 1905 and 1913. Many were designed by Gill, when he was a partner in Hebbard & Gill, and they illustrate his design progression from English Arts & Crafts to Prairie Style to his ultimate triumph, cubistic Early Modernism-all in the space of two years, 1905 and 1906. To learn more about this tour before making your group tour reservations click HERE.

  • All tours require a minimum of 8 people
  • Groups of more than 20 will be broken into smaller numbers
  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Tour starts at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

Children (6-12)

  • $5 per person including chaperones (18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Senior Citizens

  • $10 per person

People with Disabilities

  • $10 per person

Adults

  • $13 per person

Reserve your date and purchase tickets HERE


Marston Gardens Guided Tour

With its uniquely California interpretation of the English Romantic and Arts & Crafts period landscape designs, this tour is a must for garden lovers. The garden tour takes you on an easy walk through two and a half acres of the estate beginning with the first plantings and landscape plan by nationally recognized landscape architect Samuel Parsons, Jr., and George Cooke in 1905 to the 1928 introduction of a formal garden.

  • All tours require a minimum of 8 people
  • Groups of more than 20 will be broken into smaller numbers
  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Tour starts at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

Children (6-12)

  • $5 per person including chaperones (18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Senior Citizens

  • $10 per person

People with Disabilities

  • $10 per person

Adults

  • $13 per person

Reserve your date and purchase tickets HERE


The Marston House: Architectural Details of Master Architects Hebbard & Gill Tour

Take a walk on the architectural side with a 90-minute guided tour of the 1905 Marston House Museum inside and out. The San Diego firm of Hebbard & Gill designed the inviting English Arts & Crafts mansion with fluid indoor-outdoor connections. Irving Gill, who soon became San Diego's pioneering Modernist, created many of its design features and innovative conveniences. The story begins at the carriage house for the estate (now SOHO's Marston House Museum Shop), then circles around the house in its Balboa Park and formal garden setting. Inside and out, architectural and construction details and period materials are highlighted, and include the Marston family's public and private rooms. To learn more about this tour before making your group tour reservations click HERE.

  • All tours require a minimum of 8 people
  • Groups of more than 15 will be broken into smaller numbers
  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Allow 60 to 90 minutes for your home tour at the Marston House, and allow for extra time if you wish to view the public gardens as well
  • Tour starts at the Marston House Museum Shop in the carriage house

Children (6-12)

  • $5 per person including chaperones (18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Senior Citizens

  • $10 per person

People with Disabilities

  • $10 per person
  • Only the first floor is wheelchair/walker accessible

Adults

  • $13 per person

Reserve your date and purchase tickets HERE

MARSTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS

3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego 92103
(619) 297-9327

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