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USS Midway Museum
#1 of 82 Museums in San Diego
The USS Midway is one of the coolest museums I've come across and the fact that you can wander in the ship, explore every crevice and see air crafts up close is what makes it amazing.
In addition to all the small museums, there are interactive things for the kids, things to climb on that are a gas (even for adults), restaurants, fun tourist stuff, great views from the flight deck, all kinds of...
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Old Town Model Railroad Depot
#2 of 82 Museums in San Diego
In the past I have visited other model train museums (e. g., the large Lionel Museum that used to be on 23th street in Manhattan, NY.
I have been to several railroad museums and this is my favorite.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
#3 of 82 Museums in San Diego
They treated the natives horribly and contrary to the museums explanation the priests didn’t protect they natives, they read them a prayer in Latin and when the natives didn’t immediately convert to Catholicism th...
I have been to various maritime museums around the world, and San Diego, is on the top of the list.
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ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station
#4 of 82 Museums in San Diego
Or you can stroll through and enjoy watching artists at work in their studios or visit different galleries and museums, such as Visions (textiles), Watercolor Society, New Americans, SD Comic Art Gallery, or Envis...
There is a really nice public market, plus a brewery, bakery, various restaurants, many shops, several excellent museums and much more.
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San Diego Model Railroad Museum
#5 of 82 Museums in San Diego
Balboa Park is always amazing, lots of museums to choose from
This is one of the great model railroad museums in the country.
Spanish Village Art Center
#6 of 82 Museums in San Diego
While visiting the museums in Balboa Park we decided to go through the Art Village.
You can shop until you drop for photos, pottery, jewelry and other souvenirs at various small shops clustered on the walk between the zoo and the Natural History Museum.
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla
#7 of 82 Museums in San Diego
Great for kids, but as an old woman, I had fun and was engaged in so much more than most museums.
There are food & beverage options, one of the best gift shops I've ever seen at any type of museum or amusement park, free parking and ATM access.
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San Diego Air & Space Museum
#8 of 82 Museums in San Diego
There are many aviation museums - this one is really great with a local bent as San Diego was such an early "comer" to aviation - Remember this has always been an aviation town and still is - the museum reflects t...
The San Diego Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation and space exploration museums in the nation and it has a most impressive collection of aircraft.
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Timken Museum of Art
#9 of 82 Museums in San Diego
... shows, the Timken engages museum goers with a regular slate of programs that includes musical evenings, wine and art pariings, guest lectures, a collector's dinner, and trips to other museums (usually in LA).
We had returned from The Netherlands in September and had been to many of their art museums so we particularly enjoyed the Flemish painters, Peter Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Reubens and Frans Hals.
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San Diego Museum of Art
#10 of 82 Museums in San Diego
It is one of the less-busy museums in the area and makes for a quiet, contemplative sort of place, away from the hustle and bustle of the other museums.
Balboa Park in general is a treasure, and a free docent led tour of this beautiful museum is always a delight.
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
#11 of 82 Museums in San Diego
The inside element of the museum is (compared to some US military museums) quite small - 5 or 6 rooms - but there are some fascinating historical items as well as some nice artwork and trophies and awards from the...
Sometimes museums are just too big - this was perfect.
Sheriff's Museum
#12 of 82 Museums in San Diego
The museum is across the street from one of the best model railroad museums we have seen.
... historic sheriff cars; several sheriff motorcycles (which you can sit upon); a helicopter, etc. Retired Sheriff Wilder gave us an excellent tour of the museum which was highly educational and very interesting.
San Diego Natural History Museum
#13 of 82 Museums in San Diego
We bought the passes that let you go between any 5 of the museums in Balboa Park, which worked out great, but the Natural History Museum was the first stop!
We recently moved to the area and are big fans of natural history museums.
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San Diego Automotive Museum
#14 of 82 Museums in San Diego
... decision and I see some grumpy recent reviews, but on a recent weekend we had a pass that allowed us and two adult kids to go to 5-6 museums in Balboa Park and we agreed we liked the Automotive Museum the best.
The regular museum book store in the lobby has a wide selection of car and motorcycle models, new books and postcards and calendars for sale.
Fleet Science Center
#15 of 82 Museums in San Diego
I'd highly recommend getting the costco city pass, and this museum is one that will get you free admission, which also includes an Imax ticket!
We arrived about 3:30 PM and after parking near the Fleet Museum, walked leisurely to the Prado restaurant for a "Happy Hour" (4-6 pm) meal prior to our 5 pm Imax movie.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
#16 of 82 Museums in San Diego
A beautifully curated museum with exceptional exhibits throughout the year.
Great museum
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Mingei International Museum
#17 of 82 Museums in San Diego
This star in the Balboa Park complex of museums is closing on Sept. 1, 2018 for renovations that hopefully will only last 1 year.
The museum shop sells many treasures including jewelry done by local artist Arlene Fisch whose work is also exhibited.
Whaley House Museum
#18 of 82 Museums in San Diego
Before you walk into the Whaley house you must first head over to the Whaley House Museum to purchase your ticket into the Whaley House.
The family lived there, then didn't, then did, then left, then came back, all lived in it together, preserved it as a museum and stayed a family home until 1953 when the last remaining family member, Corrinne Lill...
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Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla La Jolla
#19 of 82 Museums in San Diego
This is one of the best curated museums I've ever visited.
This little-known, FREE museum is a hidden treasure - a huge collection of antique maps, beautifully displayed in a lovely, modern museum!
San Diego Museum of Man
#20 of 82 Museums in San Diego
It's a very nice museum, best thing is to climb the Tower, beautiful views of San Diego , of course you can spend weeks to explore Balboa Park and all the museums but Museum of man is one that you visit for sure.
... great balance of all the best parts of a museum visit It's also worth noting that this museum is in the same complex as other museums, including the San Diego Automobile Museum, which was also well worth a visit.
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The New Children's Museum
#21 of 82 Museums in San Diego
I brought my 3 year old here during our visit to San Diego and we easily spent a good four hours exploring the fun, creative workshops and installations at the museum.
Excellent museum with lots of space for children on the move and strollers.
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
#22 of 82 Museums in San Diego
On Dec. 10 during the afternoon, you could tour the museum, enjoy hot cider and cookies in the garden, and/or participate in or watch the pet parade -- all for free.
Delightfully set up museum featuring history of San Diego.
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Marine Corps Command Museum
#23 of 82 Museums in San Diego
The museum is mostly upstairs and there are so many rooms with replicas, medals, photos and maps detailing various World War I, Word War II, Vietnam War, Korean War and the more recent.
This military museum is highly educational and very interesting!
Wells Fargo Museum
#24 of 82 Museums in San Diego
This museum offers a unique insight to the history of banking specifically with Wells Fargo.
We almost passed this quaint museum and are so glad we went in.
Africa and Beyond La Jolla
#25 of 82 Museums in San Diego
This place has museum-quality items from Africa, all for sale.
Museum quality art gallery
The Firehouse Museum
#26 of 82 Museums in San Diego
Excellent museum of fire fighting equipment including uniforms, helmets, badges, patches, historical fire memorabilia, wrenches, fire hydrants, antique fire engines and so on.
This is a nice museum and it is inexpensive.
Seeley Stables
#27 of 82 Museums in San Diego
This is one of the better museums in Old Town.
The upper floor of the museum is given over to native American artefacts including a spectacular headdress.
Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)
#28 of 82 Museums in San Diego
Close to other excellent museums.
It is easy to overlook this modest-sized museum in glorious Balboa Park, but take an hour or so to stop by and view some outstanding photography.
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
#29 of 82 Museums in San Diego
This museum has 3 separate buildings in the heart of downtown San Diego where it hosts a variety of events.
Three separate buildings on 3 different streets make up the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum -- or 3 places for the price of 1 admission.
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Stuart Collection La Jolla
#30 of 82 Museums in San Diego