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Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

Navigate Your Way Through Five Centuries of Cartography on Display in Downtown La Jolla.

Step back in time to an artistic, historic wonderland of Cartography, dating back to the 15th century. Fascinating depictions of a world that at once thought California was an island and which allows you to be just inches away from Ben Franklin’s DNA on his rare 18th-century map of the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.

These maps tell our planet’s story by blending colorful artistry and the “not always exact” science of man’s first navigation methods.

Dedicated to education and sharing this invaluable private collection with young and old alike, the Map & Atlas Museum has a variety of resources available to both teachers and the general public. Teachers have access to maps and cartographic reference materials for use in the classroom and with a little advance notice, the museum’s Director can join the fun as a guest speaker. There are always reference materials available on site for personal research during regular museum hours and guided tours can be arranged for both school classes and private groups, with a minimum of four people.

A favorite featured local map on display is Jo Mora’s 1928 “Whimsical Map of San Diego”. A pictographic map drawn for San Diego pioneer George Marston, the map was part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Marston’s Department Store. While many familiar sights are on the map, Mora’s touch with the cartoon element makes it a fascinating…and quite humorous… look at 1920’s San Diego. Only 2,000 copies of this map were printed, so it is among the rarest of Mora’s works

This tasteful venue is also available to reserve for private catered events or corporate meetings and becomes the perfect backdrop to stimulate and provide guests with a view of the world most will never experience. The space is equipped with a full kitchen and mobile displays for custom arrangement.

The museum is open to the public 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays and the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month. Admission is always free and no donations are accepted, thanks to the generosity of the owner, an avid collector and benefactor to the community.

7825 Fay Ave. , Courtyard Level, La Jolla •  (855) 653-6277


Located in La Jolla

7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL
La Jolla, CA 92037
(855) 653-6277
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