• 619.435.7242
  • 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118



CHA advances learning and stewardship in all by serving as Coronado's primary center for community history.


Coronado is increasingly vibrant, engaged, and resilient because of CHA's stewardship of our storied past, present, and future. 

Core Values

  • We value local history and use it to enrich lives by creating connections to Coronado's past. 

  • We value using history to create innovative and interactive learning experiences for all. 

  • We value the preservation of our community’s heritage and the excellent stewardship of resources, including collections, staff, facilities, and investments.

  • We value the trust of our community and continually seek to earn it.

The Coronado Historical Association, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, was founded in 1969 to help people understand and appreciate Coronado’s unique history, art, architecture, and historical resources. CHA is an essential resource and sole steward of Coronado’s rich history. Our focus is to embody the historic small-town character of Coronado—documenting, preserving, and promoting its colorful past while engaging residents in their city’s unique history, including its vibrant culture and deep military roots. As Coronado’s trusted historian, we safeguard our community’s heritage and history—the foundation of a dynamic, inclusive, and vibrant society.

We continually work toward these goals to bring the history of Coronado to the community. In our state-of-the-art collections vault, we are carefully preserving everything from 1880s newspapers to vintage garments and over 20,000 photographs. In our Museum, we bring Coronado’s history to life through fascinating exhibitions. 

In support of its mission, the Coronado Historical Association has a special focus on educational programs and outreach. Besides a year-round schedule of public lectures and other thought-provoking programs for adults, such as a Preservation Symposium every spring (co-presented with other leading Coronado organizations), the Coronado Unified School District designated the Coronado Historical Association to present local Coronado history, with our museum staff and trained volunteers teaching students in the schools, as part of their 3rd grade history curriculum. We also present the hugely successful Historic Home Tour on Mother’s Day.

Click here to view Form 990s. 

Become a member

Join us and help preserve and share Coronado's unique and wonderful history with intriguing exhibits and innovative programs for all ages.


  • Two complimentary tickets to our Historic Walking Tour of Coronado
  • Invites to members-only events
  • ...and much more!
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