When looking to explore a new city, one of the many things you may want to do is to find the local monuments. There are various reasons for this. Maybe you want to take photos of the most iconic part of the city, or perhaps you want to get a sense of how the city sees itself. After all, if a city invests money into constructing and maintaining something, it has to have meaning to the people living there. Visiting California Tower in San Diego satisfies both of these impulses. Constructed in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition, California Tower was created to showcase a wide variety of architectural styles and is decorated with the images of historical figures from Spain, Mexico, and the United States. The purpose is to show the many people and nations that made California the unique place it is.
The California Tower was built to contain the exposition's star attraction, “The Story of Man Through the Ages," an exhibit that highlighted the incredible progress humanity has made in its short time on Earth compared to the age of the planet itself. When it was reopened to the public, the exhibit continued this tradition by opening the San Diego Museum of Man within its walls. After the Expo ended, the city of San Diego expanded the exhibit and it eventually becoming today's San Diego Museum of Man. In addition to what is waiting for you inside the building, the tower itself provides a perfect location for photo opportunities and plays the Westminster Chimes on its bells every 15 minutes.
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