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, present, and future. We also offer popular public programs and special events.
The San Diego History Center in Casa de Balboa
is located in the heart of Balboa Park
1649 El Prado, Suite #3 San Diego, CA 92101
Casa de Balboa is located at the east end of El Prado, near the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Bea Evenson Fountain. Casa de Balboa also houses the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.
Give Forward is our donation-based admission policy. We don’t charge a fixed admission fee but look to your generosity to help make history accessible to all in our community, including those who otherwise may not be able to experience it. Suggested minimum donation: $5.
Monday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm, 1:00 pm–8:00 pm (7/5-8/23 & 9/6–9/27) for History Happy Hours
Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
History Happy Hour Scheduling
Open 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm during select dates of Balboa Park’s Food Truck Fridays.
History Happy Hour from 4:00-7:00 pm on those days.
See below for more details.
Thursday, July 11th, we will close at 2:30pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
WHILE YOU ARE HERE
- No food or beverages.
- No pets. Service animals are welcome.
- Photography is permitted. Tag us! No flash, video, tripods, monopods, or photos in areas with the “no photo” symbol.
- You may be photographed or videotaped while inside the museum.
Speak with a Visitor Service Associate of you prefer to opt-out.
- No large bags, oversized items, or plants.
HISTORY HAPPY HOUR
Balboa Park’s Food Truck Fridays Fridays
May 31 – September 27, 2019
Food Truck Fridays gives thousands of park visitors and families a unique opportunity to sample a diverse, rotating selection of gourmet food trucks all in one convenient location. In addition to exceptional food options, Food Truck Fridays present a full slate of family-friendly fun: Different musical acts perform each night in the Plaza de Panama.
Learn more about Food Truck Fridays
|May 31||June 7||July 5||August 2||September 6|
|June 14||July 12||August 9||September 13|
|June 28||July 19||August 16||September 20|
|July 26||August 23||September 27|
As a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis to the taxpayers of San Diego County. The History Center’s Residents Free Tuesday is the second Tuesday of every month. All participants must show one of the following forms of ID: CA driver’s license, utility bill, San Diego Library Card, student ID, or active duty or dependent military ID.
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