Thank you for supporting the William B Kolender Sheriff’s Museum. We are a 5013c charitable organization that receives no funding from public entities. We rely solely on the generosity of people like you to continue our Mission. Your $5 entrance fee, gift shop purchases and memberships support our daily operation.
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!
Open Wednesday - Sunday
April 1 - September 30
Open 11am, Last Entry 5:30pm
October 1 - March 31
Open 11am, Last Entry 4:30 pm
*Check Website for Special Events, Holiday & Extended Seasonal Hours