The San Diego History Center hosts dozens of public programs and special events every year. Our popular adult programs include walking tours, lectures, exhibition receptions, curators’ talks, happy hours, fashion events, multi-media presentations, films, musical presentations, symposia and collaborative events with other cultural and educational institutions. We also offer family-themed programs such as readings and workshops, and we participate in Balboa Park-wide events such as Family Days and holiday celebrations.
For information about specific events, view the Calendar below.
Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. Join us for a special lecture by noted preservation architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, who presently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).
The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen's 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.Find out more »
Third Annual Genealogy Day in collaboration with the San Diego Genealogical Society.Find out more »
The Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park is hosting one hour, docent-led tours highlighting the many inhabitants of its location over time and the importance of their relationship to San Diego’s namesake river.Find out more »
Join us for this year’s Annual Member Meeting and Open House! See the recently opened exhibitions, Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country and Animal Aesthetics: Decades of Design at the San Diego Zoo. Explore hands-on activities from our curiosity carts and learn about the unique items in our collections as staff answer questions about our Inside Out exhibit. Hear from Board President Tom Fetter and Executive Director Bill Lawrence as they share San Diego History Center highlights from the past year and future projections. Light refreshments will be served.Find out more »
Shabbat Dinner A most unique setting awaits October 27, 2017 from 6:30pm - 10:00pm On October 27, join San Diego’s Jewish community of individuals, couples, and families for this special Shabbat dinner! Join San Diego’s Jewish community of individuals, couples, and families for this special Shabbat dinner! In conjunction with Shabbat San Diego, the San Diego History Center is honored to host a communal Shabbat dinner against the Jewish exhibition in our museum. With an optional service at Ohr Shalom and an…Find out more »