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Historical Society of South San Francisco, Inc.


Historical Society of South San Francisco, Inc.

A society to preserve local history.


Preserves local history by conducting audio-visual and oral interviews and collecting photos, newspapers and publications. The society has prepared printed walking tours and several taped tours of the area. A new history book has also been printed. The historical society museum is located at 80 Chestnut Avenue, South San Francisco, and is open 2-4 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, Saturdays, 1-3 or by appointment. Admission is free. The public is welcome to attend free programs on the third Monday in the months of March, June, September and December at 7 pm. Dues are $15 annually. The Plymire-Schwarz Museum and Study Center is located at 519 Grand Avenue in a structure that was once the only hospital between San Francisco and San Mateo. Local newspapers dating back to the early 1900s are available for research in the study center. The Fire Museum on the lower floor contains many photos and artifacts. Open 2-4 pm on Wednesdays. Admission free. Special appointments can be made. For additional information call 650-875-6988.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 2 blocks.
80 Chestnut Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080-3227 37.6558919 -122.4327575 Museums



Historical Society dues $15 annually. Checks accepted.



How to Apply:

Apply by phone or walk in.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County