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San Diego History Center

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Address: 1649 El Prado, Suite #3, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: (619) 232- 6203
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.

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Dr. Seuss

I am a kindergarten teacher and a life long lover of Dr. Seuss. My husband and I spent July 4th in San Diego and I heard that there was a Dr. Seuss exhibit at the History Center... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Menifee, California

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Menifee, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a kindergarten teacher and a life long lover of Dr. Seuss. My husband and I spent July 4th in San Diego and I heard that there was a Dr. Seuss exhibit at the History Center. I really wanted to see the artwork, so off we went. First off, this museum doesn't take long to visit, even for museum... More 

Thank 29kindergartencuties
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

If you ever had a lingering question on the origins and history of San Diego or Balboa Park, this is the place to be. They really dig deep to get a lot of detail, bringing it alive with hotel registers, pictures, and descriptions of life 100 years ago. It's really well done and doesn't take long to pass through.

Thank Hatzlacha
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited here about an hour before closing and the entire family enjoyed it. The Dr Seuss exhibit was great and the kids loved looking for the stuffed dog that is hidden somewhere in the History Center. The 'surprise' the kids get for findign the dog was not that exciting, just a sticker. But they seemed to enjoy it.

Thank andrewwanderson
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A small museum with some basic exhibits. Probably most interesting to someone who is really into San Diego history. Currently they have exhibits on the Balboa Park Exposition, San Diego history around the first European settlement, the military's history in San Diego, and a special Dr. Seuss exhibit. Nice enough but nothing over the top special.

Thank TheSpeis
Costa Mesa, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I would recommend a visit to the San Diego History Center to anyone interested about the story of San Diego through the years. Exhibitions include things such as archival documents and photos related to early city districts, memorabilia from cultural/historical events (e.g., 100-year anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition … all this year), American Indian artifacts and all types of art... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Be sure to get here to see the Dr. Seuss exhibit. It is great for adults and kids alike. This is the singular attraction for this museum. Aside from a very limited collection of local themed art there is not much here.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Current exhibit on Dr. Seuss is wonderful. He lived much of his working life in La Jolla, and his art is such fun!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I suppose it's not their fault. We paid our money went in and started to admire the Seuss exhibition. Two seconds in and the fire alarm went off. We were ushered out and the doors were closed and barred. When nothing happened we went over to the art museum and came back about an hour later. In the meantime a... More 

Thank AJ&ERtravel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Has some stuff about San Diego's history, but it's mostly banners full of texts, what makes the visit boring. Tip: if you are a San Diego resident, you may enter this museum freely on the second Tuesday of each month (MOPA is worthier to visit). You can have the list of the "free tuesday" at the Visitor Center.

Thank Matheus C
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The movie on the USS Constitution, an aircraft carrier, was very interesting to watch. I also liked the military exhibits. They also had a very good museum on what San Diego was like in the 1950s and 1960s. Its a small museum so takes about an hour to see the exhibits and movies, but well worth seeing. We saw it... More 

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