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Welcome to our museum. The Women’s Museum of California first began as an archive called The Women’s History Reclamation Project, in the home of Mary Maschal in 1983. It moved to Golden Hill’s Art Union Building in 1997 and Liberty Station in 2011. Today, you will find us at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

Preserving the past &
inspiring the future

Our museum is a place to learn and celebrate women’s crucial role in history, honor past achievements, and recognize the visionary women of the future.

The history of women’s achievements are everywhere

You cannot tell the story of the United States without telling the stories of women. Since 1997, the Women’s Museum of California has evolved into a full-fledged women’s history museum and valuable community educational resource. With the help of many volunteers and a dedicated staff, WMC features a variety of changing exhibits and displays on women’s history, sponsors events, lecture series, and develops and implements educational and cultural experiences and presentations. We also maintain a library, archive & collections, and provide speakers for the community through our Speakers’ Bureau. The WMC is a co-founder and sponsor of the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame and collaborates with dozens of women’s and girl’s organizations and agencies throughout San Diego.


The Women’s Museum of California is located in the heart of Balboa Park:
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Our location at Balboa Park is inside the San Diego History Center at the east end of El Prado, near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Bea Evenson Fountain. 

For a location map: Balboa Park Map
For detailed information about parking: Parking & Transportation


Contact Hours:
Monday through Friday 10AM – 6PM

Museum Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday 10AM – 5PM


Your donation is your admission to our museum. We don’t charge a fixed admission fee but look to your generosity to help make women’s history accessible to all in our community, removing barriers for those who would otherwise not be able to experience our region’s history. Suggested minimum donation: $10.

Clara Shortridge Foltz,
California’s first
woman lawyer



Through your investment in the Women’s Museum of California, we are able to preserve our history and invest in the future by expanding our programs. Our diverse and thought-provoking experiences can continue to enrich and educate our community for generations to come.

All contributions and bequests are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal and state law. The Women’s Museum of California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. Tax ID is 95-3893212.

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