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San Diego History Center

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
History museums, Museums
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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Okay for local interest; very good presentation

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Jim L
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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 

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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.

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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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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent exhibit the does a great job explaining the evolution of the region. Pass of some of the art museums at Balboa Park and spend your time here. You won't be disappointed.

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Chula Vista, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I visited the San Diego History Center which is located in Balboa Park. Fortunately I was able to enter for free due to a membership exchange between local museums. The museum is overpriced at $8/adult. The staff was friendly and helpful. The museum is small, but well organized and lots of information is provided. I found that the museum was... More 

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FORT COLLINS
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Not a lot to see here. the Depression era New Deal WPA paintings were interesting, but not much more to see. For a city as large as San Diego I truly expected much more. Senior cost only $6. each but we should have used the time more productively in the large art museum or in another of the museums. .

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I find that this museum does a fine job in a small space. We were especially impressed by the Depression-era naturalistic wall paintings of San Diego Harbor and the surrounding countryside as well as the more stylized scenes of Spanish exploration and construction practices. I found the "Walk on San Diego" giant floor map unusual and it certainly attracted the... More 

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