February 17, 2012 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon has two great museums to visit during February - museum month. The Knox House has a wealth of information about the 100-year history of the City of El Cajon, displaying photos and artifacts. The Knox House was the first commercial building in El Cajon, built in 1876 as a hotel for travelers on their way to the Julian gold mines. The Knox House Museum will be open each Saturday in February, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 280 N. Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon. Admission is free. You can also schedule private tours for your class or organization. For more information, please call (619) 444-3800, or visit www.elcajonhistory.org.
The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center is another must see in downtown El Cajon. This museum honors accomplished artist Olaf Wieghorst, who lived in our community for more than 40 years. Olaf was well known for his magnificent portrayals of the nineteenth century American West. You will also find his restored childhood home next to the center. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are available. The Museum is located at 131 Rea Avenue in El Cajon. Visit the website at www.wieghorstmuseum.org for their special events calendar. Tours are welcomed. To schedule a tour, please call (619) 590-3431.