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You Must See The Museum of Making Music

Museum of Making Music

The focus of this impressive museum is to present a nostalgic walk through the past 100 years of American music and music-making. Featured are more than 500 vintage instruments. Plus, there are lots of interactive exhibits and hundreds of audio and video clips. This is an educational adventure for everyone! General admission is ($10); seniors,… Read more »

Mission San Luis Rey : King of the Missions

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside

Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the “King of the Missions,” is a National Historic Landmark. It is the largest of all the 21 California missions that flourished here in the 1700’s and 1800’s, is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public… Read more »

Visit the World’s Finest Collection of Historic Ships at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Sailor's Days at Maritime Museum of San Diego

The fascinating floating museum at the Embarcadero consists of six historic ships and two submarines: the Star of India, which is the oldest active sailing ship in the world, the steam ferry Berkeley, the steam yacht Medea, the San Diego Harbor Pilot, also an actual Soviet-era diesel B-39 submarine and the deepest-diving submarine ever, a… Read more »

Heritage of the Americas Museum in Rancho San Diego Takes You on a Journey Through Time

Heritage of Americas Museum

The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. The Museum is a cultural and educational facility featuring the prehistoric and historic art, culture and natural history of the Americas. Early inhabitants of the Americas came from Asia, both across the land bridge in the north… Read more »

Mission Trails Regional Park is the Largest of San Diego’s Parks and is Great for Hiking

Mission Trails Regional Park is the largest of the City of San Diego’s parks and is the third gem of the city’s park system. Mission Trails is larger than Mission Bay and Balboa parks combined. At 5,800 acres, it is the largest open space urban park west of the Mississippi. It includes two lakes, a… Read more »

Free Admission to Historic Mormon Battalion

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located in Old Town, at the corner of Harney and Juan Streets. Walk in the steps of The 500 men Mormon Battalion, Army of the West, as they left Winter Quarters, Iowa, and began their infantry march from Fort Leavenworth to the California Pueblo of San Diego. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there are also guided tours and admission is free.

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 »

Lake Elsinore Historical Society Museum

The Society was founded to collect, protect, preserve, display, and further the preservation of items and documents of historical value and significance from the Lake Elsinore Valley. The Society was conceived and organized in 1996 and the museum is located at 106 South Main Street in Lake Elsinore, California, and is open on Saturdays and… Read more »

Tijuana Cultural and Visitor Center: A Major Attraction Worth Visiting in Tijuana

A landmark that you’ll be able to identify is the large round building of the Tijuana Cultural Center (9) . It’s located at 9350 Paseo de los Heroes in Rio Tijuana. It’s a major attraction and an excellent way to learn about life in all regions of Mexico. The Cultural Center features the Museum of… Read more »

Flying Leatherneck Museum Showcases The Impressive Aviation History of the Marine Corps

  This is the only Command Museum dedicated to the history of Marine Corps aviation. The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum (13) has more than two dozen vintage and historically important aircraft on display. They range from World War II “Warbirds” to present-day jet fighters and helicopters. Inside the Flying Leatherneck Museum are artifacts, photos and… Read more »

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum Features Fun and Fascinating Interactive Exhibits

Admission is free, plus if you mention their ad in the SAN DIEGAN and print this review, you’ll receive a free gift. Here you’ll find the The William B. Kolender San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum and Educational Center. The best part about this museum are the interactive exhibits. You can listen to live police calls, hop on a sheriff ’s motorcycle and turn on the sirens and lights.

MCRD Command Museum is More Than Just a Museum, It is the History of the U.S. Marine Corps

This awesome, historically significant museum is dedicated to preserving the glorious history and rich tradition of the United States Marine Corps. This historical museum is visited by more than 100,000 people annually. “A Walking Tour of the MCRD Command Museum” features fourteen galleries, which encompass dozens of exhibits featuring everything from weapons, uniforms, equipment, paintings… 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 »

Cabrillo National Monument Offers a Spectacular Panoramic View of the Picturesque San Diego Skyline

Cabrillo National Monument

On the windswept tip of Point Loma is Cabrillo National Monument, which is the third most visited national monument in the United States. From this vantage point, 422 ft high above the ocean, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of San Diego and beyond. On a clear day… Read more »

The USS Midway Museum at the Embarcadero

Visit the Historic USS Midway at the Embarcadero

Experience the magic aboard one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in U.S. Naval history, the USS Midway (13). It’s a must-see San Diego attraction. On board you’ll enjoy a self-guided audio tours for adults and families and more than 60 exhibits and displays throughout the ship. These include the galley, berthing spaces, sick bay, flight… Read more »

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

  Don’t leave San Diego without Visiting The San Diego Air and Space Museum. This “must-see” museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with the last admission at 4 p.m. Extended summer hours till 5:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission to the current special exhibition is only $5 extra for… 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

The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park is a large, 93,505-sq. ft. science center that showcases more than 100 interactive exhibits. Plus, they offer several films on Southern California’s only Giant Dome screen that surrounds visitors, creating a “you-are-there” experience. Admission is ($19.95) for adults; seniors over 65 ($17.95) and children 3–12 years are ($16.95). Explore… Read more »

Classic Cars at San Diego Automotive Museum

The San Diego Automotive Museum showcases an amazing permanent collection of classic & vintage cars, racers, motorcycles, and special one-of-a-kind cars like Louie Mattar’s Fabulous $75,000 Car (distance driving record set in the 1950’s) and a rare 1948 Tucker. Specialty exhibits rotate throughout the year and are included in the admission price. Their most popular… 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 »

Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House, the Oldest House in the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House, built in 1850, is the oldest house in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Because of the shortage of lumber in the area at the time, 8 to 10 pre-cut houses were purchased from a manufacturer in Portland, Maine and shipped to San Diego. After a long… Read more »

Whaley House Museum Shop Carries Unusual and Hard-to-find Museum Quality Gifts & Collectibles

The Whaley House Museum Shop is a great source for regional history and for those interested in learning more about San Diego’s exciting past. Located in the charming 1870s Verna House, the shop offers visitors a distinctive mix of books and unique period style gifts from early California through Mid-Century Modernism. Visitors will find signature… Read more »

Santa Ysabel Store & Backcountry Visitor Center offers Heirloom goods & foods with 19th Century General Store Ambiance

The historic Santa Ysabel General Store, an iconic landmark, is now open for business with an innovative dual purpose. Dating from 1884, the store is now being restored, bringing a unique emporium brimming with heirloom and artisanal foodstuffs, back-to-nature gifts, wares for home and garden, and books and guides for the naturalist or cultural tourist…. Read more »

Adobe Chapel is the Real Ramona’s Marriage Place

The Adobe Chapel was originally built in 1850 as a home, and was converted to a church by Don José Aguirre in 1858. After having been bulldozed for street realignment in the 1930s, the WPA reconstructed the adobe chapel in 1937. Much of the interior artifacts from the original chapel have been retained, including the… Read more »

Warner-Carrillo Adobe Ranch House Wasthe Butterfield Stage Stop from 1858 to the Civil War

Built in 1857 by Vincenta Carrillo, a prominent early Californio woman rancher, the adobe known as the Ranch House at Warner’s served as the Butterfield Stage Stop from 1858 until the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. As California’s first regular overland transcontinental stage connection with St. Louis, this pioneering stage route ran along… 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 »