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Browse through these highlights of the Treasure Island Museum collections held in our archives.



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Chinese Dragons: Our pair of three-foot tall dragons adorned the Chinese Village at the Golden Gate International Exposition. When the fair was demolished in 1940, the late Tom Do Hing rescued the dragons and occasionally displayed them inside and outside his shop, Chong Imports, on Grant Avenue in Chinatown.

When the store closed in 2015, the
family donated the dragons to the
nonprofit East Bay Depot for Creative
Reuse, where TIM Vice President
Mimi Manning found and adopted

When our new museum is funded and opens,

we hope to be able to restore our dragons and put them on display.


Navy Newspaper: The Masthead was the official weekly newspaper of the Treasure Island naval base from 1941 until the base was closed in the 1990s.

From our collection, the museum has digitized and placed online The Masthead from August 1944 to December 1945, covering the last year of World War II and the start of demobilization. The Mastheads were donated to the museum in 2017 by the daughter of Yeoman Carolyn Brown (Offe), who served on the Masthead staff during those years.

Click here to learn more and read The Masthead.

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Siamese Bowl :  What does a 450-year-old ceramic box have to do with an island that is just 75 years old?

This small lidded box, made in northern Thailand in the 16th century, was imported for exhibit at the Golden Gate International Exposition. It was a gift of Henry Gardiner, who was Director of the San Diego Museum of Art from 1969 to 1979.

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G.G.I.E Baby Contest Trophy: This Art Deco style plaque depicts the Tower of the Sun with sleek geometric shapes carved in the wood on the sides of the tower.  Inscribed on the plaque are the words: "G.G.I.E Baby Contest May 1939, Dolores Joy Hayes." 



From Our Photo Collection

Golden Gate International Exposition
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The Navy on Treasure Island
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