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Visit the Wm. B. Kolender Sheriff's Museum  

Old Town, San Diego... presented by the

Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association



Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5 pm

2384 San Diego Avenue

San Diego, CA 92110 

619 260-1850



Owned and Operated by

Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association (HDSA)

501C3 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!



6 October 2014

To:  the Museum Committee and Volunteers,

From:  Marilee, HDSA Museum Committee Chair


Last night, through the joint efforts of the Museum Committee, Volunteers, our Volunteer Docents, the HDSA Board of Directors, HDSA membership, and the Museum Supporters, we achieved our goals to complete the building fund and provide for our operating expenses for the next calendar year!  We will not have a final number in for a few days while we sort through the numbers and call in the expenses, however to know that we have achieved our goals is deeply satisfying and has made all the hard work that everyone has put forth, and the generous donations that have been made by those on the committee and many others, all worth the efforts. 


The moving speech by Cesar, who was in the Juvenile Diversion program and worked his community service hours at the museum, really put into perspective one of the big reasons we do this - with effective at education and outreach, you do make a difference in individual lives, and the Museum gives us a wonderful venue to accomplish that goal.


One of the huge reasons that our fundraiser was so successful was its low cost.  We were able to do that because of a donated venue (thanks to Pacifica Enterprises), donated auction items (many on the committee and others donated valuable items that brought significant dollars at the auction), discounted and underwritten expenses, and a huge number of dedicated volunteers.  From the Explorers who helped set up, the Senior Volunteers who provided security and parking control, to the Volunteers and Docents who help run the whole party, the contribution of these individuals cannot be understated.  Every task that was performed by a volunteer was an expense we did not need to incur.  Those 'non-expenses' add up to a very low overhead event, ensuring that our commitment to donors is met - that most of their money donated will go to the Museum, and not to the expenses of the party!


Please, forward this email to your teams of volunteers and let them know how grateful we are for the generous contribution of time, effort and commitment to the Museum.


The Museum has an exciting future ahead of us as we move into planning mode for building, program, exhibit, and facility improvements and continue welcoming the public each day, providing them with the uplifting story, told in exhibits and by those who lived it, of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  Thank you!

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MUSEUM Hours: 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday thru Sunday.

Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association (HDSA) 501C3

The Federal tax ID # is 23-7386902

The State Tax ID is 1961742


Memorabilia: Call Chuck Curtis 619-890-5844


Museum WALL:

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GOLF Tournament
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WANTED: Museum Volunteers: Contact 858 212 2416, Don Crist

EXHIBITS: 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday thru Sunday

Honor Room

Entry Court Yard: Cars, Helicopter

1850's Office

Jails and Briefing Rooms

Timeline Room

Special Units


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