Valley Center History Museum

If you like learning about small town history and want an inside glance at celebrity home photos and a re-creation of Indian settlements, visit this free museum.


  • Free

Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-4pm





29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center CA 92082

Detailed Description:

Valley Center History Museum is a great museum detailing the history of the town of Valley Center. The town got its start in 1852 when its boundary lines were first established and got its first permanent settler ten years later in 1862. Going by different names and nicknames throughout the years since 1862 (such as Bear Valley and Valley), the town is represented in a great way by the Museum.

See such artifacts as a taxidermy of a California Grizzly Bear, Indian baskets and the world’s smallest Post Office (that actually served the community at one time). See exhibits telling the history of the gold rush, aviation, famous horses (Seabiscuit and Secretariat were once here) and the movies that were filmed at least partially in Valley Center (like “Mad, Mad World” and “Invaders from Mars“). Pretend you’re in a 500-year-old Indian village with the Museum’s re-creation of an Indian settlement and step inside an 1862 model home. Visitors also get to indulge in photos of different celebrities and their homes…Fred Astaire, John Wayne and the first Betty Crocker are among the best known.

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