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!
*Give Forward is the History Center's admission policy. We invite you into the museum free of charge, let you experience the museum and all the other things we have to offer, and all we ask is that you demonstrate your appreciation for the visit in the form of a voluntary donation.
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