The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Admission included

The Gaslamp Museum at the David-Horton House (formerly known as the William Heath Davis House) is the oldest surviving structure in downtown San Diego. Constructed by William Heath Davis in 1850, the house is a pre-framed lumber 'salt box' home from the east coast. The home was actually shipped to San Diego by boat around Cape Horn!

The Gaslamp Museum at the David-Horton House has been home to fascinating people, including Alonzo Horton, who many consider the founder of San Diego, as well as to many pre-Civil War West Point graduates. Each room is decorated to represent different eras in the life of the house and its former inhabitants. In 1873, the home became a county hospital for the care of the sick and dying. The spirit of an unknown Victorian is rumored to reside there to this day. Gaslamp Gifts, a unique curiosity shop inspired by William Heath Davis' 1850s merchandising business, is located in the basement of the museum. Stop by for some unusual souvenirs!


Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, 12:00am-4:00pm
Please note, Go San Diego Card holders may enter this attraction until half an hour before closing.


Mondays. May be closed major U.S. holidays.

Getting In

Present your pass at the admissions counter.


410 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Driving Directions

I-5 South: To Front Street/Civic Center exit. Proceed straight on Front Street. Turn left on Market Street, then right on 4th Street. Proceed to Island Avenue. I-5 North: Exit J Street and turn left at first stop sign (J Street). Follow to 5th Avenue and turn right on Island Avenue.