The Society preserves, enjoys and educates about Pacifica's past. In addition 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!).
Current exhibits include a working model of the Ocean Shore Railroad, the Portola Expedition, Pacifica in WWII, the Ohlone People, and more!
The Pacifica Historical Society is a 501c non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Please note that beginning in July, the Coastside Museum will only be open on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and to interpret the exhibits.
NOTE: (See details on the Events page)
Sunday, August 14 Ohlone Luncheon at the Museum
Exhibits: Shelter Cove and Pedro Point: "To Build or Not to Build" - the history of residential development in Pacifica and "History Through Headlines" - local events covered over time by the Pacifica Tribune
When you visit our museum, don't forget to stop by our gift shop!
We have informational and fun souvenirs of your visit to Pacifica available for purchase.
ALSO! Our shop is THE place to buy Pacifica Jack cheese, made from the original recipe first created on Mori Point in the late 19th century. Visit our Pacifica Jack Cheese page for more info: Pacifica Jack Cheese
( All proceeds go to the Pacifica Historical Society.)