San Diego, California: Presidents Museum in a High School

The Museum Of The American Presidency is in Clairemont High School. Thousands of items, including an extensive Richard Nixon collection and a miniature "JFK 464" license plate -- which for obvious reasons was never issued.

Clairemont High School

Address:
4150 Ute Dr., San Diego, CA
Directions:
In Clairemont High School. I-5 exit 22. Drive north on Clairemont Drive around three miles, then turn left onto Ute Drive.
Hours:
M-F 8 am - 3:30 pm. By appt. - ask for Library. (Call to verify)
Phone:
858-273-0201
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Nixon Memorabilia In A High School

Fun, quirky and educational collection of presidential memorabilia from Washington to Obama. The last 12 presidents are featured most prominently. See Bill Clinton's golf shoes up close!

The main collection is housed all throughout the school library, which is open Mon-Fri, 8am-3:30pm. There is more in a locked meeting room that you can see by appointment if the room is not in use. The collection is the decades-long project of one of the history teachers.

There is visitor parking just as you enter the school lot. Go to front office, sign in and get a visitor pass. Tell them you want to visit the library's collection. Not many people visit it, so they may look confused at first! Call ahead.

[JoeSlev, 10/25/2010]
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