San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center: Hours, Address, San Diego History Center Reviews: 3.5/5

San Diego History Center
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
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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3.5
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY1,791 contributions
Worth a Visit
Mar 2020
The San Diego History Center is worth a visit. We wish that we had visited the history center at the beginning of our visit as we learned a great deal about the area and Balboa Park from informational movie we saw there. This is a good first stop when visiting Balboa Park.
Written March 9, 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA131,140 contributions
Visit to San Diego History Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego
Jan 2020
We went to the San Diego History Museum. There was a large exhibit on the LGBTQ community. There was also one dedicated to the Japaese. There were a variety of other exibits at the museum. it is located at Balboa Park in San Diego.
Written February 3, 2020
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,687 contributions
History Writ Large
Jan 2020
Despite its small size this small museum that's part of the Balboa Park museum complex packs a mighty punch. Topics and exhibits range from national issues with a local slant, such as gay culture, and more local topics, such as Lomaland. There's a well-equipped gift/book shop that features both books on local history and San Diego type souvenirs. They also have free monthly talks, an ongoing film, and occasional author lunches (fee). Parking is free at Balboa Park and a free shuttle will bring you from the parking lots.
Written January 14, 2020
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permia
Ireland37,271 contributions
A window onto the wonderful city
Oct 2019
A combination of permanent and temporary exhibitions give an engaging window onto the marvellous city. Housed in an exquisite building that is historical and noteworthy in its own right.

It was interesting moving amongst the displays that chart key events in the history, from the earliest days of the Spanish onwards.
Written November 25, 2019
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,687 contributions
Dose of History
Sep 2019
This small museum within the Balboa Park cluster connects with local groups and interests. In addition to the current show on LGBT (Sept. 2019), I learned about the skateboarding and music culture of the 1970s/80s. Also, there's an exhibit on "Herstory" and a children's exhibit on Marston, one of the city father's as well as a 30 minute film called "Jewel of San Diego." In their gift shop you'll find a good selection of books and objects related to San Diego life and culture. For a fun and educational hour or two, go to the San Diego History Center where admission is now by donation.
Written September 17, 2019
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Lizzie6219
Boston, MA56 contributions
Watch the movie Jewel of San Diego
May 2019 • Couples
I dropped in to see the free movie "Jewel of San Diego". It is 30 minutes long and a decent overview of Balboa Park's history. I skipped the History Center because of time but I can recommend seeing the movie to better understand Balboa Park.
Written May 12, 2019
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Kenneth K
30 contributions
Worst history museum ever!
Feb 2019 • Couples
This a pathetic excuse for a museum. 2 rooms filled with LGBT stuff, 2 rooms for art, 5 rooms left for a little history. Not even a mention of the importance of the military in San Diego. I wish I can have my donation back!
Written February 25, 2019
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,687 contributions
Living History
Jan 2019 • Solo
This museum in Balboa Park is a fun and education experience for all ages. I was intrigued by 2 current small exhibits -- one about an artist who had taught at a local college and also tried to establish a separate nation called the State of Art and another about women in San Diego called "Herstory". There's also an interactive exhibit geared for children about Marston, and a city history video plays almost hourly. And their gift shop has a good array of books and objects related to San Diego.
Written January 25, 2019
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David S
15 contributions
LGBT+ Exhibit: ASK for Zach!
Jan 2019 • Friends
Very moving...Zach (the new Vito Russo!) did a great job with engaging the small tour group of Resident Assistants from UCSD! Pat, the group's leader, was a joy to talk to and learn the progress being made in San Diego! A must see for ALL.
Written January 6, 2019
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Nprus
Lancaster, PA550 contributions
Check Out the Film First to Appreciate Balboa Park
Apr 2018 • Couples
The History Center is located in Balboa Park, and offers free admission although you can make a suggested donation. We entered because we saw a sign offering a movie about the park. It is called "Balboa Park -- The Jewel of San Diego", and is about 30 minutes long. Showings are on the hour at 11,12,1,2,3, and 4 PM. Being from out of town, we didn't realize the rich history of the area, so the movie was the perfect start to our two day adventure in the park.

There are also some interesting items and exhibits to look at while here too. Unfortunately the artwork was in the midst of being changed, but we enjoyed the rest of the museum in about a half-hour. In addition, there is a great gift shop, where I purchased a beautiful print to take home. This is a definite stop -- start here if you can.
Written April 30, 2018
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