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Explore the Olaf Wieghorst Museum in San Diego

September 01, 2017
Category: Things To Do in San Diego

Olaf Weighorst Museum is located in El Cajon, fondly called the Big Box, a suburb of San Diego around seventeen miles east of downtown. There are scores of things to do in San Diego and your holiday would be one eventful celebration. While Balboa Park and SeaWorld among others are obvious priorities, you should explore one of the more unique San Diego attractions. Olaf Wieghorst Museum along with Wieghorst Western Heritage Center offers this different kind of exploration.

About the Olaf Wieghorst Museum

Olaf Wieghorst Museum is located at 131 Rea Avenue. The museum is named after celebrated painter Olaf Wieghorst. The museum preserves his life’s works and also promotes various forms of art but primarily painting. Olaf Wieghorst was born on the 30th of April, 1899 and raised in Viborg, Denmark. He moved to America when he was nineteen and worked various jobs before moving to the west and eventually falling in love with the region, its culture and more specifically the works of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. Olaf Wieghorst was a late bloomer in painting, which is not odd or uncommon, especially during his time.

Olaf Wieghorst was forty-six years old when he came to El Cajon and decided to settle here. He started exploring various artworks of the American West. He took special interest in equestrian movements. He has stated on record that a horse has been the greatest mentor and muse for him. He was fascinated by the various postures and movements of horses and wanted to inculcate such brilliance in his artworks. Like many painters of his time, after him and before him, Olaf Wieghorst did not become famous in his lifetime. He did not garner any riches and he was certainly not celebrated like he is acknowledged today.

Beyond painting and his love for the American West, Olaf Wieghorst was a champion of various rights and joined many liberal campaigns during the latter half of his life. If you are fascinating by cowboys or Indians, horses and the western genre in general, then you would have an amazing time exploring the paintings and exhibits or attending the concerts or seminars at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum.

Stay at Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites

There are three routes you can take to the Olaf Wieghorst Museum from Downtown San Diego. The shortest route is via CA-94 E. It is the same route you should take from Pacific Inn and Suites, which is on Pacific Highway in the downtown area. Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites is less than two miles from the airport and you can find the best deal when you reserve your accommodation directly with the hotel on our hotel’s website.