Pacifica Coastside Museum
location & hours: 
at Salada Avenue
Tuesday 1–4PM
Thursday 1–4PM
Saturday 1–4PM 


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Welcome to the Pacifica Historical Society


The Society preserves, enjoys and educates about Pacifica's past.  In additon to historical research, we host regular events about local history, and run the Pacifica Coastside Museum. We hope you will visit us!

Pacifica has a fascinating history.  It was the site of an Ohlone village over a thousand years ago.  It was the site where Europeans first saw the San Francisco Bay.  It has been part of Spain, Mexico and the United States.  During Prohibition, Pacifica was the home of rolicking speakeasies. Pacifica's incredible view of the Pacific Ocean brought military lookouts missle silos during the Cold War.  Today Pacifica attracts visitors from around the world, drawn to our natural beauty, amazing hiking trails, legendary surfing, a castle, and the world's most beautiful Taco Bell (seriously!).

In many ways, the history of Pacifica is the history of California, and of America.  




Upcoming events...


PHS History Book Club 

Fourth Saturday of every month (no meeting in December)

Next meeting: January 26, 2019, 10:30 am 

Book: There There  by Tommy Orange

Pacifica Coastside Museum  ~ 1850 Francisco Boulevard 






Our rummage sales are very popular, full of surprises, and support a great cause -- the PHS's restoration of Car 1409 from the famed Ocean Shore Railroad (OSRR).

Next rummage sale: January 2019, date to be announced. 9am-4pm (we could use volunteers for setup before and cleanup afterward)

Pacifica Coastside Museum ~ 1850 Francisco Boulevard 

Learn more about the effort to restore OSRR #1409 at or the official OSRR Facebook page.