The Wm. B. Kolender Sheriff’s Museum appreciates your donations, store purchases and memberships! We are a 501c3 charitable organization and receive no funding from public entities to run our Museum. We rely solely on the generosity of people like you to continue our Mission.
Educate : Create an informational atmosphere attractive to visitors of all ages.
Interact : Provide exhibits sharing the Department’s achievements in an interactive environment.
Inspire : Celebrate the day-to-day work and courageous acts of valor for over 150 years.
Remember : Pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in performing their duty.
Wm. B. Kolender Sheriff’s Museum
Old Town, San Diego
Owned and Operated by
Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association (HDSA)
The Federal tax ID # is 23-7386902
The State Tax ID is 1961742
The Sheriff's Museum consists of 6800 square feet of exhibit space, covering the entire history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department from its inception in 1850 through today.
The Museum contains cars, motorcycles, real life jail cells from various eras, and replica Sheriff's offices from the 1850's, 1940's and present.
Children will love the Museum - they can sit on a real life motorcycle and use the siren, pick up a bullet proof vest, play with handcuffs, and sit in a real Sheriff's Car!
Adults will appreciate the rich history of the department reflected throughout the Museum. Ask the docent to take a picture of your entire family - locked in a jail cell!