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!
Currently, the Coastside Museum is open on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and to interpret the exhibits.
If you are planning to decorate your home for the holidays, inside or outside, come to our holiday rummage sale where we have a large assortment of lights, ornaments, garlands, gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons, and home décor. Preview sale on Thursday, November 9, from 5 to 9 pm. $5 entrance fee, which is applied to your purchases. Light refreshments served. Funds go to restore the last remaining car of the Ocean Shore Railroad.
Take the self-guided History Walk through Sharp Park, formerly known as Salada Beach. For more information, click on the button below.
Learn about Pacifica's places, people and history through the Historical Society's videos on YouTube! For more information, click on the button below.
We reveal the history of Pacifica before and after incorporation, from the first known natives to the present day - and more. Many of the materials here are recovered from our old Wiki site. For more information, click on the button below.
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.)