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Celebrate the Arts

Known as the Smithsonian of the West, Balboa Park hosts an incredible concentration of arts and culture offerings including 17 museums and performing arts venues. San Diego is also home to two Tony® Award-winning theaters, historic sites, public art, music venues, dance performances, film festivals, galleries, missions and much more to explore.

February is Museum Month

Half-Off Admission to 60+ Museums

Explore the fun during San Diego Museum Month with 50% off admission to 60+ San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more. Just pick up your pass at one of 80 libraries throughout San Diego County or online.

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San Diego is – and always has been – about more than our dazzling beaches and bays. It is a city driven by diversity, culture and innovation in everything from art to theater to food to craft beer and beyond.


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San Diego's Rich and Diverse Culture

From Balboa Park to Chicano Park to Oceanside, San Diego is home to three state-designated cultural districts that embody the very best of the region.

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Balboa Park, The Cultural Heart of San Diego

Just minutes from downtown, explore the history, legacy, and future of this ever changing, always amazing cultural park.

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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2023

February remains the perfect month to discover (or re-discover) the story of San Diego during Museum Month with 50% off admission to more than 60 San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more.

Join us every day in February as we explore a rich world of cultural experiences, including virtual activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and other special museum moments you can only find in San Diego. #SDMuseumMonth

 

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Guided Tours Led by Docent Historians

Jan 9 - ongoing

Guided Tours at the Maritime Museum of San Diego is your opportunity to learn of the ships' in-depth stories from our trained knowledgeable historians, and enjoy the waterfront sights of San Diego Bay while meeting other people with like interests in maritime heritage and history.

The docent and volunteer community share a wealth of knowledge, and a passion and pride with visitors for this guided tour. Plan ahead and make your advance reservation today.

Choose from two 2 hour guided tours on select Wednesday's. 20 per time slot. 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

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Fun Animal Friday: Zovargo

Feb 24, 2023

Join us onsite for Fun Animal Friday with Zovargo, Friday February 24 from 10am to 12pm.

Zovargo will be introducing our guests to a guinea pig, rabbit, and duck!

The event will include a live presentation, meet & greet, storytime, special craft, and more!
Included with Museum admission. No registration required.

**Petting is entirely contingent upon the animals' well-being. We recommend arriving at the Museum early to maximize your chances of meeting the animals.

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Secrets and Highlights of Balboa Park

Jun 7, 2022 - ongoing

Explore one of the country’s best urban cultural parks. Balboa Park has a bit of everything, including grand architecture, diverse museums, cultural institutions, and captivating gardens. You will visit spots that even locals don’t know about.

Tour Highlights

Discover the inspiring, quirky, and fascinating history of one of the nation’s largest urban cultural parks
Uncover historical and architectural treasures hiding in plain sight
Explore a botanical garden’s vibrant collection of more than 2,100 plants
Learn about the early 20th century expositions that shaped Balboa Park
Find the best spots to photograph Balboa Park’s beautiful Spanish colonial revival architecture

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Valid: Jan 11 - ongoing

Come and explore our connection with the sea at the Maritime Museum of San Diego! Spanning 500 years of seafaring history, your visit to the Museum will give you a chance to step aboard an historic...

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Valid: Jun 24, 2022 - ongoing

Use discount code: MRDRINSD for 10% off tickets for all Tours & Experiences with Murder n' Mayhem. Redeem online at murdernmayhem.com or via phone 619-781-8013 with Discount...

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Save 10% off any San Diego Walks Tour

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Valid: Jan 26 - ongoing

We offer tours of Balboa Park, Old Town, Liberty Station and Coronado. Use code BEST10 at time of booking to save 10%    

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