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.

LOCATION

 

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.

For a location map: Balboa Park Map
For detailed information about parking: Parking & Transportation

ADMISSION

 

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.

HOURS

 

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

  • Special History Happy Hours throughout summer:
    Open Noon-7:00 pm during select dates of Balboa Park’s Food Truck Fridays
    See below for more details

Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sanday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm

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

 

The San Diego History Center will be open from Noon – 7:00 pm for History Happy Hour and offer free seating inside museum atrium with beer and wine available for purchase on the following Food Truck Fridays dates:

 

May
June
July
August
September
May 31June 7July 5August 2September 6
 June 14July 12August 9September 13
 June 28July 19August 16September 20
  July 26August 23September 27

FREE TUESDAYS

 

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.

GROUP TOURS

 

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

For more information: info@sandiegohistory.org or 619-232-6203