Posts Categorized: Balboa Park Museums

I Know San Diego Couples 1/2 Day City Tour & Lunch

  San Diego Publisher Barry Berndes was recently awarded a “Barry Berndes Day” by the San Diego City Council for his important contribution to the city of San Diego of sharing his knowledge of the city with 20 million visitors annually. San Diego city tours with sightseeing and lunch with local celebrity, and internationally acclaimed… Read more »

Historical Museums Abound in San Diego and All are “Must See” Attractions Everyone Should Plan to See

  Museum Galore are what visitor to San Diego are blessed with seeing. This is because San Diego was the white first settlement on the West Coast of the United States. For starters,  Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first of 21 missions founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769. This historical site should… Read more »

San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum is a Must See Sports Museum

The San Diego Hall of Champions (29 on the map) is also a must-see Balboa Park attraction. It features San Diego’s sports history and memorabilia. This one-of-a-kind museum honors nationally known athletes with a San Diego connection, including athletes such as Ted Williams, Tony Gwynn, Bill Walton, Florence Chadwick and many more. It is is… Read more »

Mingei International Museum Has a Permanent Collection of 17,500 objects from 141 countries

Southern California’s largest collection of art of the people from all eras and cultures of the world. Dynamic, changing exhibitions of historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design, and a popular museum store featuring handmade items from around the world. TRUE BLUE: Indigo, Turquoise, Cobalt & Lapis Lazuli. The color blue evokes mystery, beauty… Read more »

San Diego Air & Space Museum Displays Famous Aviation Artifacts & Aerospace Memorabilia

  San Diego Air and Space Museum (619-234-8291) [sandiegoairandspace.org] is in the historic Ford Building in Balboa Park. This impressive museum displays famous aircrafts, engines, spacecraft and aviation artifacts from the dawn of aviation through the space age. The museum’s blockbuster exhibit is “Be The Astronaut”. You’ll have to pay an extra ($5) to see… Read more »

Japanese Friendship Garden is a Great Place to Explore its Gardens & Enjoy Peace & Tranquility

It is an idyllic retreat, radiating serenity, simplicity and beauty. View a Zen Rock Garden from a meditation room in the Exhibit House, which also features Japanese art and crafts. Relax on the moon viewing deck next to a restful koi pond and its soothing waterfall. The garden is truly a treasure you’ll want to… Read more »

San Diego’s Natural History Museum is Filled With Life-Sized Prehistoric Animals & Exhibits

This huge Balboa Park treasure, which is the oldest museum in Southern California, is where you’ll find life-sized dinosaur models and hands-on natural history exhibits. The museum’s permanent exhibition is Fossil Mysteries, which takes you on a journey through 75 million years of Southern California’s rich history. One of Balboa Park’s best-kept secrets is the… Read more »

House of Pacific Relations, International Lawn Programs: Free Sunday Programs for the Family

Enjoy free Sunday programs of ethnic song and dance from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on the outdoor stage of the International Cottages. While you are there, be sure to visit The International Cottages, open noon-4 p.m. Sundays, featuring international artifacts, history and international food samples. Call (619-239-0512) or (619-234-0739).

Fleet Science Center Offers Smart Fun in San Diego

Fleet Science Center, at 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park (619-238-1233) [rhfleet.org]. Admission is ($21.95) for adults; ($19.95) for seniors . (+ 65 years); and ($18.95) for juniors 3-12. They open daily at 10 a.m.­­ and close at these times on these days: Mon.–Thurs. 5 p.m., and Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 6 p.m. This “must… Read more »

Classic Cars at San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum, Balboa Park (619-231-2886). The museum is open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and features rotating themed shows that display significant, rare and exotic cars and motorcycles, and vehicles reflecting the history of the automobile. Enjoy the classics of bygone eras as you stroll through rows of cars that are all restored to glittering… Read more »

San Diego Model Railroad Museum is North America’s Largest Model Railroad Exhibit

Model Train

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum features interactive toy trains, Lionel-style electric trains and a 20-scale mile long rail crossing of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Plus, this museum is the only accredited railroad museum in the entire United States. It is the largest permanent operating model railroad exhibit in North America with 27,000 sq…. Read more »

San Diego Museum of Man is Where You Can Experience Unique Exhibits on Human Evolution

The Museum of Man features fascinating exhibits on human evolution, Egyptian artifacts, Kumeyaay culture and Mayan monuments. Little ones can also enjoy the Children’s Discovery Center, which allows them to experience living in ancient Egyptian times. With its striking architecture and historic setting, the Museum of Man is a favorite for banquets, corporate functions and… Read more »

San Diego History Center in Balboa Park

San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Marston stated that the objective of the Historical Society was “for the discovery, collection and preservation of books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, paintings, relics, manuscripts, letters, journals, surveys, field books and any and all… Read more »

Marston House Museum & Gardens: The Finest Example of the Arts & Crafts Movement

One of California’s finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Marston House was constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. George Marston is noted for many things but most prominently as a civic leader whose interest and work in historic preservation, conservation and history is well known…. Read more »

Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in Balboa Park Honors the Memories & Contributions of the Men & Women who Gallantly Served this Country

The Veterans Museum & Memorial Center (31) houses military artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War to the present. Impressive murals of Pearl Harbor and significant historical military events adorn the walls. The bold faced number in the text corresponds to it’s location on the Balboa Park Map. A tour of Balboa Park would not… Read more »