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San Diego History Center

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1649 El Prado, Suite #3, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: (619) 232- 6203
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San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn...

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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Tidbitsof local history and amazing Dr. Seuss paintings

We saw the 35 minute introductory film which gave part of the local history. There were interesting exhibits on the border, the 1915/1916 exhibition, some of the area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Jeanne J
Bellevue, Washington, USA

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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135 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We saw the 35 minute introductory film which gave part of the local history. There were interesting exhibits on the border, the 1915/1916 exhibition, some of the area development, and we found these all a bit random and hard to piece together although there was good information in each. The absolute dekight of oyr visit was an exhubit of paintings... More 

Thank Jeanne J
Irvine, California
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84 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

It's hard to find a comprehensive collection of San Diego memorabilia, so this is the place. Not being very old, San Diego doesn't have a huge amount of vintage buildings to see and visit, so this will need to suffice.

Thank Rexflash
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

In all my years of coming to beautiful Balboa Park I had missed the San Diego History Museum until this past week. What an enjoyable museum! Not too large, so many exhibits rotate or are special ones there for a limited time.I was especially impressed with the collection of fine paintings by early San Diego artists of the landscape in... More 

Thank Maryloualso
Menifee, California
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 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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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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382 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
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 4, 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 

1 Thank Jim L
Woodbury, Minnesota
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank mnbob2012
New York City, New York
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429 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank cararro

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