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San Diego History Center

1649 El Prado, Suite #3, San Diego, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)
(619) 232- 6203
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Ranked #114 of 237 Attractions in San Diego
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Fremont, California
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1,520 reviews 1,520 reviews
970 attraction reviews
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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44 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
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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48 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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106 reviews 106 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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Jerusalem, Israel
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

It wasa big surprise to find the old synagoge well kept and surounded with green grass, just in the middle of the old city. A very interesting place.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This museum should have been sponsored by the city; it should have been free. I have enjoyed the San Diego History Center's "Timeline of San Diego History" on their website; but the Center itself is a disorganized collection of nothing without proper captioning. It was very scattered and confusing. Save yourself the $8 cost of admission and search "San Diego... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Many people don't realize it but San Diego is a huge beer mecca. There are over 30 microbreweries in the county and almost that many set to open in the next year. Therefore it makes perfect sense that The History Center in Balboa Park is running a special exhibition on San Diego Craft Breweries in San Diego County. It's extremely... More

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Rancho San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I visit this museum about once a year and this year was no disapointment. The special exhibit on San Diego Craft Breweries was a treat even tho I'm not a beer drinker! Stop by for a lesson on this fast-growing industry that's putting San Diego on the international map. Ask for Matt if he's not hanging around. His passion on... More

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San Diego, California
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is a modest museum with some okay exhibits about specific aspects of San Diego, but the website makes it sound better than it is. Several months ago they had a temporary exhibit about the now-defunct tuna fishing industry in San Diego, and they should have made it part of their permanent collection because it was far more interesting than... More

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