Become a Member


As a member of the San Diego History Center, you are one of many San Diegans who:

  • Values the continued preservation of our community’s rich history
  • Supports conservation and display of our invaluable historic collections
  • Supports education programs for City and County schoolchildren to learn about our history
  • Enhances our role as an important community institution and civic asset

Four easy ways to join!

  • Online: Choose from the membership options below
  • Call: 619-232-6203 X126 or e-mail
  • Mail: Print the attached form, and mail to Membership Department 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101 Membership Form (pdf)
  • On site: At the History Center in Balboa Park or the Serra Museum in Presidio Park

General Benefits of Membership

  • Gracious welcome upon arrival to the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park and Serra Museum in Presidio Park
  • Access to the Research Archives
  • Invites to members-only events and exhibition previews
  • Subscription to The Times newsletter
  • Subscription to San Diego History Center NOW! newsletter to keep you informed of current events at the History Center.

General Memberships

 1-YearTax deductible amount



  • All of the benefits of the Family/Household membership
  • Museum hospitality for up to two adult guests anytime you visit.
  • A total of four guest passes
  • Reciprocal admission to hundreds of museums
  • Free subscription to San Diego Magazine


$115 $94 per year

Family / Household


  • All of the benefits of the Individual membership
  • Two membership cards
  • Museum admission for immediate dependents or grandchildren under age 18
  • Free subscription the Journal of San Diego History
$75$60 per year



  • All of the general benefits and one membership card
$50$50 per year



  • All of the benefits of the Indiviudal membership
  • Content specifically tailored for educators delivered to your inbox.

Must be affiliated with a school or district

$25 $25 per year


Leadership Circle Memberships 

Leadership Circle members levels are a distinguished group of individuals who share a passion and deep commitment to our community and our mission. These members’ generous support makes a significant impact in reaching our goals. At the Leadership Circle levels, members receive exclusive privileges and opportunities in addition to the general benefits of membership and can experience more personally the rich offerings of the History Center.

As a Leadership Circle member, you will receive special experiences of the History Center through invitations to special tours, events and programs, and access to our curatorial and collections staff.

We are grateful and appreciative of our members at the Leadership Circle levels whose considerable support helps to sustain our organization for future generations.


 1-YearTax deductible amount

Scholar’s Circle


$275 $242 per year

Curator’s Circle


  • All of the benefits of the Scholar’s Circle membership
  • A total of eight guest passes
  • Invitations to behind-the-scenes tours conducted by San Diego History Center staff
$500$467 per year

Director’s Circle


  • All of the benefits of the Curator’s Circle membership
  • A total of ten guest passes
  • One 11x14 printed historic photo display for your home or business
  • Museum hospitality for up to ten adult guests any time you visit
$1,000 $892 per year

Chair’s Circle


  • All of the benefits of the Director’s Circle membership
  • Unlimited museum access and guest passes (within reason)
  • Private lunch with San Diego History Center’s Executive Director or Board President
  • Recognition onsite at the San Diego History Center and in publications (as appropriate)
$2,500$2,387 per year


Affiliated Libraries and Institutions 

 1-YearTax deductible amount

Affiliated Libraries and Institutions


  • The San Diego History Center offers memberships for libraries and institutions whose aim is to offer copies of our Journal of San Diego History and The Times newsletter for public use and access.
$100 $85 per year

Your membership contribution, in excess of fair market value, is deductible according to IRS regulations. You may elect to decline membership benefits, which makes your gift fully deductible. San Diego History Center is a non-profit cultural, educational, and charitable corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

To give a gift of membership, choose the desired membership option below and check the box to indicate the membership is a gift.

For more information on benefits: Membership Benefits

If you have any additional questions, contact membership services at or 619-232-6203 x126

Or visit our membership FAQs page: Membership FAQs