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Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

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Address: 7825 Fay Ave, Courtyard Level, behind the elevators, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4252
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+1 858-653-6277
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Wed - Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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A private collection sampling 500 years of cartography. Over 200 items on...

A private collection sampling 500 years of cartography. Over 200 items on display, many one of a kind. Free admission, no donations expected and we do not sell anything except the enjoyment of some of the rarest maps in the work and that is at a price of Zero dollars.

In addition to our Wednesday and Thursday open days, we are also OPEN the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 11-4

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Amazing collection in an unexpected location

This collector has generously decided to share his extensive collection with the public, perfectly displayed and with explanatory text. Especially if you like history you will... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Enschede, The Netherlands
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Enschede, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This collector has generously decided to share his extensive collection with the public, perfectly displayed and with explanatory text. Especially if you like history you will really enjoy the development of the ideas about geography and place names. And if you like graphic arts this is a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

My husband found this as he is a map enthusiast, but I also really enjoyed it and learned a lot as the exhibits provided interesting background and context for the maps. FYI it's a private collection open limited days and it's tucked away inside a shopping plaza behind the glass elevators.

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Thank Reijen
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Richard gave us a great tour and enabled us to appreciate this wonderful collection much better than we could have done on our own. I think most people looking at old maps would benefit from a knowledgeable, passionate guide, and Richard is just that person. We feel lucky to have this amazing museum in our community, and we thank the... More 

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Somerville, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This museum is terrific. Not to be missed. And free! The museum takes us not just through the history of maps, but it also takes us through the history of (mostly European/Western) human thought - how we envisioned the world and our place in it. The placard notes were exceedingly well written. Calm, peaceful atmosphere. Travel hint: be prepared for... More 

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Thank Brigit-Saule
Blacksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

A map lover's paradise! Many old and rare maps from a private collection. I could spend all day here. Friendly host and nice music in the background

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Map and Atlas Museum is a small but true gem and well worth visiting if you have an hour (or two) to spare. It is free of charge, and good for adults and kids over the age of 10. Located in the non-descript Merrill Lynch building that houses a gym, Lean and Green Cafe, a travel agency and other... More 

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Thank ElleLaJolla
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This small museum in a treasure that few people know about and you MUST go. If you are an adult who likes any kind of history/geography.... GO! If you have kids from age 10-20, GO! This is a private collection of antique maps, including early maps of Europe, America and Asia. Just take time to peruse the various rooms and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

My family and I love hidden Gems and this is one of them. This museum opens only a few days a week and only some weekends. Please check their website for the schedule. Maps and more maps. Very interesting to see not old but ancient maps show what people/map makers thought about how the earth looked like. In same cases... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

If you love maps, you'll probably spend at least a couple hours here. There are many very rare maps to view in a well displayed, well lighted area. The staff is very friendly and helpful too. Excellent museum!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Take the elevator down to the courtyard level and it drops you off right in front of one of the most interesting personal collections that I have had the pleasure to see. Upon entering I was greeted quite kindly with a hello and a quick description of what the museum is and explanation of the layout. There are some truly... More 

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