The mission of the La Jolla Historical Society is to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life, encouraging exploration of the past in ways that inform the present and shape the future.


Current Exhibition

Woman leaning forward to look at paper theater artwork on shelf.

The Smallest Show on Earth: Paper Theaters Explored, celebrates the long history and recent creative innovations in this unique art form. Open through January 22. Join us on December 11 & 31 and January 14 for related programming!

Wisteria Cottage Gallery

Young man and woman on each side discussing a piece of artwork in-between them on a wall. The artwork is pink and grey with an abstract design.

The Wisteria Cottage Gallery  is now open with current exhibition The Smallest Show on Earth: Paper Theaters Explored.

Guided Walking Tours

Woman standing in front of historic structure on large lawn in white shirt and long skirt. Tree and ocean in background.

Join us for historic walking tours of La Jolla and experience its unique history, architecture, landscape and more with LJHS Historian, Carol Olten.

December Holiday Hours

Winter design with holiday days closed: December 24, 25, 31 and January 1

The La Jolla Historical Society will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 & 25 and January 1. Happy Holidays!