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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 #131 of 220 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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Chula Vista, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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235 reviews 235 reviews
46 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
38 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This museum isn't very big and can be seen in an hour or less. Not worth the fee unless you love learning about the history of SD and SoCal. Other museums at Balboa more worthwhile.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The so-called San Diego Historic Center is a disappointment, which is the least I can say. After driving by car into San Diego, the centre was everywhere on the board, except in reality to be found. A small strip (150-150 meters) is the so-called historic centre, full of made up Western sheds, restaurants and museums. However, all seems already to... More

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