In 1984, Maschal received a grant from the San Diego Foundation to conduct oral interviews and expand the available body of knowledge on San Diego and California women. Finally, in 1995, the WHRP opened its doors--those of Mary Maschal's home--permanently to the public, just in time to celebrate the 21st Amendment's 75th anniversary. Among the organization's collections were the papers and correspondence of prominent suffragists like Alice Park, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
The passing of Mary Maschal in 1997 did not slow the growth of the Museum. Just before Maschal's death, the collection had been moved to the Art Union Building (still in the Golden Hill neighborhood), where it had more space to thrive and was more accessible to the visitors. In 2003, the organization changed its name to the Women's History Museum and Educational Center. Just a year prior to its most recent move to Point Loma and the decommissioned Naval Training Center at Liberty Station in 2012, the Museum altered its name once more--and is now known as the Women's Museum of California.
The current Museum hosts a dizzying array of programs, events, and outreach, in addition to its ongoing mission to preserve and celebrate women's history in California through exhibits and the Helen Hawkins Memorial Library and Research Archive. The Museum has also collaborated since 2001 with San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, and myriad other organizations to sustain and promote the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame.