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Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
Ranked #205 of 442 things to do in San Diego
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center is a must see for Veterans and for young children and adults. The building itself is beautiful and the artifacts are very interesting. One wall is dedicated to the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7, 1941 and many of the survivors have signed the buoys painted on the wall. Richard DeRosset has painted many Factions of the war on the walls. At present, they have a Korean war display that is very interesting and they have a Women's room dedicated to women in military service. If you are intersted in the military, this is a must see. It's very good for young people who don't know about our history.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This totally unique building is in Balboa Park near Inspiration Point. Easily recognizable as a former church complete with military-related stained glass windows, the building now houses a collection of war memorabilia. From 1941 to the early 1990s it was the chapel for the nearby vererans' hospital. A veterans' group saved it from demolitions and now manges it. Nothing for kids here, but anyone interested in military history or architecture should take a quick look. There is a small admission charge.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I was looking for a museum to schedule a field trip for the college course I was teaching and found the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center. On my initial visit, I was impressed by the set-up and information provided. I went ahead and scheduled the field trip and found out that a POW survivor would be present at that time. My students really enjoyed it. Pascale Schreiner was a great help with the scheduling process and provided good information. An added bonus was that the Tuesday we scheduled for was free for San Diego residents (view their website for details). I also recommend accessing their calendar on their website to see upcoming events.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This is a fairly small museum, but definitely worth a look for military history buffs. It's across the street from the main park, adjacent to one of the park's tram parking lots. You are greeted by an enthusiastic and informed docent. They explain a bit about the building, a former chapel, and what the windows represent. You are then free to explore on your own. Since the museum is relatively small, you can take the time to study the personal correspondence and mementos that are a part of the collection. I found the family correspondence relating to an MIA soldier in Vietnam to be particularly touching. Visitors might consider parking in the lot, using the tram to access the park and then visit the museum either before of after.

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