The San Diego History Center
The History Center presents engaging, family-friendly exhibitions with participatory activities that tell the remarkable stories of our region – past,
The San Diego History Center is located in the Casa de Balboa, at the east end of El Prado, near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History
The History Center is located in the heart of historic Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, with 17 museums, multiple performing arts venues, stunning architecture and gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is the cultural center of San Diego, a city renowned for its ocean beaches, scenic natural sites, entertainment attractions and world-class amenities. Information on Balboa Park: www.balboapark.org Information on San Diego: www.sandiego.org
MUSEUM & STORE HOURS
Daily 10 am – 5 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day Please note the following special closures and film schedule: Saturday, December 24: Museum and Store will close at 3:00 pm. Sunday, December 25: Museum and Store will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Please note the following special hours:
- Wednesday, June 28th – store open from 1-5 pm (closed in the morning)
Please note the following changes to the screening of Balboa Park: Jewel of San Diego film:
- Wednesday, May 31st – no 3 pm, 4 pm film screenings
- Friday, June 2nd – no 4 pm film screening
- Thursday, June 22nd – no 11 am film screening
- Wednesday, June 28th – no 3 pm, 4 pm film screenings
We invite the public of all ages to come into our museum without paying a traditional admission price. Your admission has been paid by an anonymous supporter of the San Diego History Center and we ask you to determine the value of your visit and demonstrate that with a tax-deductible donation should you choose. We offer the opportunity for visitors to Give Forward to future visitors but it is not mandatory. Give Forward FAQs Museum Store: Free and open to the public. Visitors Guide: Visitors Guide (pdf)
Children under 6 Active Duty Military (I.D. required) History Center Members Explorer
Guided and self-guided group tours are available of History Center galleries as well as walking tours of historic Balboa Park. For information: Tours & Guided Walks
RESIDENTS FREE TUESDAY: Second Tuesday/monthly
As a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis to the
ADDITIONAL FREE DAYS
The History Center participates in Macy’s Museum Month in February, Blue Star Museums from Memorial Day – Labor Day, Smithsonian Museum Day Live in September, Kids Free in October and December Nights, the first weekend in December. Check this website and local publicity for timely information.
PARKING & TRANSPORTATION
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