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

Photograph of a basket woven from guitar strings. The strings are silver and gold and the ends of the strings are visible as colorful plastic beads.

Voices from the Rez presents contemporary art created by Native Americans from the reservations of Southern California. June 4 through September 4, 2022.

The Venturi Pergola and Garden

The Venturi pergola consists of white columns with grey wood beams and sits outside in a garden surrounded by a cobblestone wall. Also visible in the background is Wisteria Cottage and the La Jolla Historical Society office.

Installed in 2018, this outdoor garden on the lower terrace of the Society's campus is open to the public.  Free admission.

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 for the current exhibition, Voices from the Rez. Open hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00.

Native Writer Gordon Johnson

Professional head shot of Gordon Johnson, Native American writer from San Diego.

Sunday, July 10, 2022; 6 – 8pm | Free

Bring your lawn chair and join us at Wisteria Cottage as we listen to writer Gordon Johnson, Cahuilla/Cupeño from the Pala Reservation, as he reads from his works.