The museum stands prominently atop Presidio Hill, where early structures built in 1769 including the first mission and other European settlements have stood. Visitors can view part of the settlement`s ruins located down the hill from the museum. The Serra Museum was built between 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing and showcasing the collection of the San Diego History Center, founded in 1928. The museum contains thousands of artifacts unearthed by archaeologists, together with many other items used by local Native Americans, missionaries, soldiers and settlers who occupied San Diego in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Inside the museum you will find clothing, artifacts, furniture, tools and army artillery. The museum building itself is a fine example of Mission Revival-style architecture.