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Sheriff’s Museum • Old Town

Explore the Sheriff's Museum in Old Town Diego

The Sheriff’s Museum in Old Town San Diego preserves and promotes the history of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for the enlightenment and education of visitors of all ages.

This two-story, 6800 square foot building exhibits the history of the San Diego Sheriff’s department starting from 1850. Since that time, many artifacts of police enforcement have been collected and are now on display in this Museum. The best part about this museum are the interactive exhibits.  You can hop on a sheriff ’s motorcycle and turn on the sirens and lights and sit in a helicopter. You can see and touch a real jail cell. The exhibits include artifacts from the many of the Sheriff’s departments including the Police Academy, SWAT, Search & Rescue, Bomb Disposal Unit. At the museum you’ll also get to see first-hand equipment used in police cars, helicopters, a crime scene mock-up, and a model courtroom.

It’s a two-story building with a knowledgeable volunteer to answer questions. The building also includes a gift shop.  It’s a wonderful museum for locals and visitors, school field trips and special occasions,

General admission is $5. Kids get in free when accompanied by an adult.

The Sheriff’s Museum also appreciates your donations, store purchases and memberships! They are a 501c3 charitable organization and receive no funding from public entities to run their Museum. They rely solely on the generosity of people like you to continue the museum’s mission.

The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday
Spring & Summer: 11am – 6pm
Fall & Winter: 11am – 5pm


Located in Old Town

2384 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-1850
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Hours of Operation:

Open Weds. - Sun.
Spring & Summer: 11am - 6pm
Fall & Winter: 11am - 5pm

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