Explore the fun during San Diego Museum Month with 50% off admission to more than 60 San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more, brought to us by the San Diego Museum Council.
There’s so much to see at San Diego Museums, and during the month of February the San Diego Museum Council is making it easy to visit your favorites by offering half-price admission. Simply pick up a 50% off pass at any public library in San Diego County starting January 26 and bring it to a participating museum from February 1-28.
San Diego Museum Month 2023 Participating Museums
Balboa Park Museums
Balboa Park is known as the cultural heart of San Diego for a reason. Explore the FUN of art, history and science and save 50% off admission at one or more of the seventeen Cultural Institutions located throughout the Park.
Capturing the magic of Comic-Con all year round. Reopens Feb. 04. Discounted Museum Month admission, does not include special exhibits. Discount is limited to 4 tickets.
Fleet Science Center
The museum’s interactive exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and allow kids to learn scientific concepts through hands-on learning.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Central)
The Park’s home for progressive and experimental art. Spotlights work by artists living between Los Angeles and Tijuana through exhibitions, programming, and educational initiatives.
Japanese Friendship Garden
An immersive experience of Japanese gardens and culture. the garden includes meticulous stone designs, calming koi ponds, delightful water features, traditional architectural structures and breathtaking vistas.
Marston House Museum & Gardens
Celebrating quintessential California architecture. Explore one of California’s finest examples of Arts & Crafts architecture, designed by renowned local architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill at the dawn of the 20th century.
Mingei Intenational Museum
Find folk art, craft, and design from around the world.
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
Offering new perspectives on photography, film, and video.
Museum of Us
Exploring the human experience through unique, interactive exhibitions. Museum of Us Discounted Museum Month admission does not include our Membership On Us enrollment (which comes with a typical full price one day admission ticket). Discount is limited to 4.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Explore the fun of science, space, and aviation history.
San Diego Automotive Museum
Exploring the history and evolution of the automobile.
San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT)
Explore the natural wonders, both past and present of Southern California
San Diego History Center
Shining a light on the rich culture and heritage of San Diego.
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Climb aboard and appreciate the wonders of beautifully engineered imagination.
The San Diego Museum of Art
Cultivate your curiosity through great works of art.
Timken Museum of Art
Discover fine art in the “jewel box” of Balboa Park.
Centro Cultural de la Raza
Creates, preserves & promotes Chicano, Mexicano, Latino & Indigenous art & culture.
WorldBeat Cultural Center
Healing the world through music, art, dance, and culture.
Downtown San Diego Museums
Some of San Diego’s best museums are located in the downtown area! Take a look at this list of downtown (or near downtown) museums, and save all February long!
Improving knowledge of the brain and mental health awareness through science, education, and the arts.
USS Midway Museum
Explore the Navy’s longest serving carrier of the 20th century.
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton
Local history buffs will enjoy a trip back in time at this San Diego landmark house.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Explore one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships. Admission does not include boat tours or sailing adventures. Not valid for groups larger than 4 people.
New Children’s Museum
Inspiring children through art and creativity.
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Discover our world of contemporary art in Downtown San Diego.
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Celebrating Chinese-American culture & art in San Diego.
Coastal North County Museums
North County San Diego is brimming with culture and is home to some fascinating and fun museums participating in Museum Month 2023.
California Surf Museum
Explore the history and fun of surfing in this Oceanside Museum.
Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
The Museum’s collections, which focus on precision metal and wood working at the small end of the size scale, include over 450 working steam, Stirling, and various types of internal and external combustion engines.
Museum of Making Music
Discover, play, and learn the history of musical instruments.
San Diego Botanic Garden
37 acres, 29 gardens, and 5300+ plant species representing 15 regions of the world.
Mission San Luis Rey
Mission San Luis Rey is among the largest of California’s 21 Spanish missions, and it shows the significance of Spanish influence in the state’s history. Browse the museum at your own pace and see informative displays of Native American, Mexican, and Spanish artifacts. The mission is known for its sunken gardens, and archaeological and architectural features such as a wooden dome and cupola.
North County (Inland) Museums
North Inland San Diego delivers a cultural experience featuring a variety of great destinations offering half price admission during the month of February.
San Diego Archaeological Center
Learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 years.
California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido
Relevant, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging exhibitions that highlight contemporary artwork.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) North
Museum & working studio with modern works in various media by internationally recognized artists.
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House
Enjoy a road trip to San Diego’s backcountry to see this hidden gem.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Children learn through exploration, imagination & experimentation through hands-on science, art & world culture activities.
East County Museums
San Diego Museum Month is in February (1/2 price admission to 60 participating museums!) and there’s no better time to explore some museum jewels in the San Diego’s East County communities. They’re certainly a great way to discover East County.
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
San Diego’s only museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of local Native-American culture. Exhibits include handmade pottery, reed baskets, paintings, arrowheads and other artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 years!
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, the Museum is a cultural and educational center featuring the prehistoric and historic art and culture of the Americas and natural history of the world.
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Located in Campo, California, is about an hour east from San Diego. This museum is a must-see destination for railroad enthusiasts and for families seeking a memorable day trip. Take a scenic ride in a historic refurbished train car through the mountains and desert.
La Mesa Depot Museum
The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa, California’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence.
Lemon Grove Parsonage Museum
The Museum transports visitors back in time to when lemon orchards and packing houses were the lifeblood of the city.
The Water Conservation Garden
Nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits.
Arts District Liberty Station & Point Loma Museums
This burgeoning hub for culture and history filled with museums galleries, artist studios, restaurants and shopping is a fun place to explore Museum Month.
Nautical History Gallery & Museum
This gallery is a panoramic history of the U.S. Navy, its ships and how they have evolved over time from the Revolutionary War period, through the Civil War, into the Spanish-American War, then World War I and World War II, including the beginning of naval aviation.
New Americans Museum
The preservation and presentation of the immigrant experience in the United States is a central commitment of the New Americans Museum’s mission.
Visions Museum of Textile Art
Community of quilt and textile artists, collectors and the public through exhibitions, education, and engaging programs that increase the appreciation of quilts, textiles and fiber as fine art.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum
The Museum’s focus is the history of the Marine Corps in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the history of the Marines in Southern California. The public may visit the MCRD Museum subject to base access procedures. Find out more here.
La Jolla Museums
La Jolla, which is a critical player in San Diego’s art scene, has been described as a “hub of arts and culture.”
Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla
Discover The Newly Renovated Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
(Note: Advanced reservations for a specific date and time are required for all guests, even Aquarium members. For discounted Museum Month admissions, use code MuseumMonth23 at checkout. Discount is limited to 4 tickets). Birch Aquarium’s hands-on exhibits explore the latest in oceanographic discovery, while introducing guests to a variety of amazing creatures.
La Jolla Historical Society
The Society preserves and shares La Jolla’s distinctive sense of place and serves as a community resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas, and culture.
South Bay Museums
San Diego’s South Bay region is a great place for outdoor adventures, art and culture.
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
Dedicated to documenting the art, history and culture of the Sweetwater Valley with over 2,000 objects connected to the region and a rotating selection of fine art sculpture, painting, photography, architecture, design and media arts.
Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center
The Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center is open for everyone to enjoy. Through our exhibitions, we educate individuals about Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous culture and history.
Living Coast Discovery Center
This zoo/aquarium focuses on animals native to Southern California, including endangered sea turtles, sharks, rays, reptiles, and an impressive range of birds, including owls, hawks, falcons, shorebirds and even an American Bald Eagle.
Nature lovers will want to make a visit to this special spot, located at the southern corner of the County in Imperial Beach. Stop by the Visitor Center, where you’ll find a variety of hands-on, interactive activities for all ages.
Who doesn’t love a drive over the iconic Coronado Bridge, with some of the best views in San Diego? Explore the history and culture of Coronado during Museum Month.
Coronado Historical Association
Features a Coronado History Research Center and changing exhibition galleries about the unique history of the community of Coronado.
Old Town San Diego
Junípero Serra Museum
The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. You can learn about the history of the Missions in California and see artifacts, like Spanish furniture dating back to the Renaissance.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past. You can see the very first houses that formed the settlement of San Diego and learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Plus it’s home to numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities.
Whaley House Museum
Step back in time and enjoy a self-guided tour through the iconic Whaley House. Learn all about the integral role the famed house played in Old Town San Diego’s rich history. Museum Month passes are only good for the Daytime Self-Guided Tour, operating every day 10AM-4PM and cannot be used for the Evening Guided Tours or the Paranormal Tour. Passes must be presented only at the museum door or at the Whaley House Museum Shop; they are not redeemable at any Old Town Trolley ticket booth or used for online sales.
University Heights and College Area Museums
You can explore the FUN of Museum Month in the wonderful diverse neighborhoods of San Diego.
JA Cooley Museum
1 mile North of Balboa Park / Voted #1 San Diego’s Hidden Gem. / Fun for everyone and interactive displays. Go back in time at the JA Cooley Museum and experience over 109 years of auto manufacturing and 36 other rare collections.
San Diego Police Museum
Presents the history of San Diego’s police department. It has a wonderful collection of artifacts dating from the late 1800s to the present. Vintage photos, badges, uniforms, clothing, police equipment, journals, letters, books… everything related to law enforcement in San Diego.
Museums without Walls
“Museum Without Walls” features online virtual exhibits that are easily accessible to all people. Additionally, the museums reach out into the community with important physical exhibitions and events throughout the year.
San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art
The Museum’s mission is to present and preserve the art of African Americans globally and to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the visual arts in Southern California generally and San Diego specifically by collecting, preserving and displaying works of art by and about African Americans.
Women’s Museum of California
Inspiring present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of diverse women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting their stories with programming, exhibits and an Education Center.
Dedicated to advancing San Diego’s Creative Industries. We provide award-winning arts journalism, cutting edge events, and professional development that create arts jobs, bring diverse communities together and inspire collaboration among the visual, performing, and culinary arts.
See you there
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See you there, San Diego!