San Diego History Center Membership FAQs

How do I contact the membership office?
The membership office is open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. Contact us at: 619-232-6203 x 143 or [email protected]

How do I join?
Visit our museums, contact the membership office or join online: Become a Member

How do I renew my membership?
You can renew your membership on site or contact the membership office or renew online: Renew. Select the Membership level of your choice and click on the associated $ value.

What are the benefits of being a History Center member?
Check out our extensive benefits: Membership Benefits

Why buy a membership if the traditional museum admission fee has been removed with Give Forward?
People who buy memberships believe in our mission: to tell the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educate and enrich our community, preserve our history, and foster civic pride. By purchasing a membership you are helping our organization fulfill its commitment to the community.

Part of your annual dues will support the Give Forward program, and all of the other programs of the SDHC including: collections, education, exhibitions, and more.

There are additional benefits to your membership, like The Journal of San Diego History, The TIMES, member exclusive events, reciprocal admission opportunities, and third-party discounts throughout San Diego.

What is the Journal of San Diego History and why would I want a subscription?
Published continuously since 1955, the Journal is one of the only scholarly publications dedicated to the history of a major American metropolitan region. Published in collaboration with the University of San Diego, the Journal offers fascinating articles you will enjoy reading: Journal

How do I update my address, e-mail and phone number?
Contact the membership office to update your contact information.

How long does my membership last?
Memberships expire at the end of the month one year from the month that your membership was purchased.

When should I receive my membership cards?
Cards and letters will be mailed to you within three weeks of your purchase. If you need a card before then, visit the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park to obtain a temporary card.

I lost my card. How do I get a new one?
Contact the membership office and we’ll send you a replacement card(s).

I received my membership card, but my spouse did not receive his/hers. What should I do?
Contact the membership office and we’ll send you a replacement card.

My membership cards and thank-you letter never arrived. What should I do?
Contact the membership office and we’ll send you replacement cards and a new letter to be used for tax purposes.

Why don’t you give membership cards to children?
Children under 18 are included on Family/Household memberships and above. They do not need a separate card.

Who is included in my family membership?
Two adults and any immediate dependents or grandchildren under age 18.