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San Diego History Center

1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 232-6203
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Region: Downtown Hours of Operation: Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
History, museum, balboa park,

Housing over 2.5 million historical photographs, 45 million documents, 7,000 pieces of costume and textiles, and 13,000 objects that depict everyday life, the San Diego History Center is the leading historical attraction in the city, and one of only a few institutions around the world that is dedicated to the sharing the history of a major city! San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.

Located in the historic Casa de Balboa, a reconstructed facility originally built for the 1915 Panama-California exhibition, the San Diego History Center is known for its dynamic permanent and temporary exhibitions that highlight the region's past, and the city's place in the larger development of Southern California and the American West. Gallery displays mark this history through a variety of mediums and subjects, including art, photographs, documents, historic clothing and objects. Our Place of Promise exhibit highlights the chronological story of the city from its indigenous beginnings to the initial development of today's Downtown! Our hands-on engaging exhibits and programs are ideal for children, families, academic scholars, and those just looking for a relaxing escape from the busy world outside!

What's at San Diego History Center?

  • Hands-on, interactive exhibitions showcasing San Diego's rich history
  • Over 2.5 million historic photographs to view in the Research Library
  • Walk On San Diego, our wall to wall floormap of the region
  • Don't miss the History Center Store to find unique, historical gifts

Check Out Junípero Serra Museum:

  • The only museum in California dedicated to the Spanish Colonial Period
  • This major San Diego landmark is where European settlement of San Diego began
  • Stunning 270 degree views of downtown, San Diego Bay, Mission Bay and La Jolla

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Ocean View
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Child
  • General Admission Senior


The Lore Behind the Roar
The Lore Behind the Roar

3/20/16 - on-going