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Cabrillo National Monuement
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego California 92106
Phone: (619) 557-5450
The Cabrillo Monument commemorates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to explore California. Cabrillo National Monument sits high atop Point Loma looking out over the bay Cabrillo sailed into on September 28, 1542. A heroic statue at a dramatic overlook commemorates this event. Each day a film, In Search of Cabrillo, is shown at the visitor center, an exhibit hall explores the manõs past, and ranger led talks are frequently given on weekends. There are ranger led tours and during whale season, (dec- mar), there is ample opportunity for gray whale watching.

Children's Museum/Museo de los Ninos
200 West Island Avenue
San Diego, CA
P hone: (619) 233-8792
Fax: (619) 233-8796
Offering an assortment of dynamic, arts-based education programs and exhibits that cultivate creativity, originality and individuality, the Museum seeks to uncover hidden talents, raise new questions, and encourage creative thinking. Currently closed and expanding to construct a colorful, brand-new, world-class facility and neighboring park on its current site.

Computer Museum of America
7380 Parkway Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619-464-8220
The Computer Museum of America was established in 1983 by Jim and Marie Petroff, whose generous underwriting during those early years allowed the Museum to obtain and maintain storage facilities throughout San Diego County as it accumulated one of the world's largest collections of historic computing equipment. The museum also offers outreach programs in technology training to bridge the "digital divide".

The Firehouse Museum
1572 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-FIRE
Discover a shiny red-and-white world of San Diego's firefighting past. Founded in 1962, the Firehouse Museum occupies the San Diego's oldest Fire Station, No. 6. The museum features all manner of fire-fighting gear imaginable and pays tribute to fire marshals, chiefs, deputy chiefs, alarm dispatchers and battalions who have answered the call of duty.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and Foundation
I-15 Miramar exit. Miramar Rd and Anderson Ave
San Diego, CA 92145
Phone: (858) 693-1723
Fax: (858) 693-0037
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum proudly boasts an inventory of 40 historically significant aircraft and extensive U.S. Marine Aviation history. Walking aircraft tours and gift shop are available.
Free exhibit is open to public Mon.-Sat. 9am-3pm. I-15 Miramar exit.

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, Wm. Heath Davis House
410 Island Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 233-4692
Fax: (619) 233-4148
The mission of Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is to tell the stories of the visionaries - artists, if you will, who saw the beauty in a barren land and worked to shape the masterpiece that has become San Diego, California. Offers Gaslamp guided walking tour, historic home tour, and a unique museum gallery conference room. The adjacent patio park is great for exclusive parties.

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
2215 Pan American Way, East
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-2721
Fax: (619) 232-0917
The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego has roots in the 1915 World Exposition. After the Exposition, strong community interest kept the Japanese Tea Pavilion open for thirty years within Balboa Park, San Diego's Culture Center. With the development of San Diego's Sister City relationship with Yokohama in 1950, forty years of gift exchanges followed, kindling feelings of shared ideals represented by the Japanese Garden. In Balboa Park, features a kopi pond and Japanese art exhibits. Available for weddings.

Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 234-9153
Fax: (619) 234-8345
The Maritime Museum of San Diego's mission is to serve as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world. It encompasses one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world. Historic fleet: the oldest active sailing ship Star of India, steam yacht Medea, ferryboat Berkeley, schooner Californian.

Marston House
3525 Seventh Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 298-3142
Fax: (619) 232-6297
The home, built in 1905 for George Marston, San Diego merchant, philanthropist, civic leader, and founder of the San Diego Historical Society, is an example of the work of San Diego architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill. Furnished in the style of the American Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, the house is surrounded by five acres of landscaped grounds. The Marston House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

MCRD Museum Historical Society
P.O. Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0085
Phone: (619) 524-4426
Fax: (619) 524-0076
The MCRD Historical Society function is to support the Command Museum. Its primary mission is to raise funds for the maintenance and expansion of the Command Museum. It also has a vital function as part of the educational process of Marine Recruits in basic training.

Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado - Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-0003
Fax: (619) 239-0605
Mingei is a special word increasingly used throughout the world for "Arts Of The People." It was coined by the revered scholar, Dr. Soetsu Yanagi, through combining the Japanese words for all people (min) and art (gei). Dynamic, changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art craft and design have the purpose of fulfilling the museum's mission of "furthering understanding of art of people from all cultures of the world." Pottery, textiles, adornment and toys.

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Rd.
San Diego, CA 92108-2498
Phone: (619) 281-8449
First of the 21 missions and known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. The Mission today is an active Catholic Parish in the Diocese of San Diego. Museum and gardens open daily, 9am-4:45pm.

Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
Phone: (760) 757-3651
Fax: (760) 757-4613
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, located in Oceanside California, is the eighteenth in a line of twenty-one California Missions. Founded in 1798, the mission provides both guided and self-guided tours, a museum, gift shop, Franciscan Retreat Center, and Cemetery as well as various functions and events on its 56 acres. The gardens contain California's first pepper tree, Lavanderia stairwell, and picnic gardens.

Mormon Battalion Visitors Center
2510 Juan St
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 298-3317
Fax: (619) 298-5866
Relive the 2,000-mile saga of the Mormon Battalion March in 1846-47. Free tours and films. Wheelchair accessible.

Mt. Soledad Memorial Association
La Jolla Scenic Dr. S. & Via Capri
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 454-6500
Fax: (858) 454-1064
The Mt. Soledad War Memorial is a place of pride and source of inspiration with its 360 degree view of San Diego County.

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Two Locations:

  • 700 Prospect Street
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Phone: (858) 454-3541
    Fax: (858) 454-6985
  • 1001 Kettner Blvd. at Broadway
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Phone: (619) 234-1001
    Fax: (619) 234-1070

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego holds an international reputation for its permanent collection, which includes more than 3,000 works created after 1950, representing all media and genres: painting, sculpture, and works on paper, photography, video, film, and installation. It also boasts a highly acclaimed, varied schedule of thought-provoking exhibitions, lectures, and performances.

Museum of History and Art/Coronado Historical Assoc.
1100 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 435-7242
Fax: (619) 435-8504
The rich history of this unique community is what led a group of its residents to establish the Coronado's Historical Association. The museum's mission is to encourage and promote the appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of Coronado's unique art, architecture, history, and other historical resources.

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 438-5996
Toll free: (877) 551-9976
Fax: (760) 438-8964
Hear and see development of American popular music, more than 450 displays of instruments, historic photographs, interactive areas - ragtime, jazz, blues,  and rock 'n' roll.

Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-7559
Fax: (619) 238-8777
Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been devoted to collecting, conserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The museum's endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs. Quadrupled in size, the newly expanded museum features photography and film programs, ranging from classic to contemporary art.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-1233
Fax: (619) 685-5771
Offering interactive exhibits and films, the Fleet is an educational, entertaining experience for visitors of all ages. The museum features five galleries of exciting, hands-on science exhibits, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Our 76-foot IMAX Dome Theater presents the biggest films on the planet, plus planetarium shows and more. Its unique configuration wraps the audience in images and provides the illusion of being suspended in space. Ride DEEP SEA simulator ride and experience the bottom of the ocean. The Nierman Challenger Learning Center offers the experience of living and working in space.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 234-8291
Fax: (619) 233-4526
Learn about the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by the world's leading aviation pioneers. More than 80 air and space crafts are on display. Tours of the restoration area are available on request for an additional fee.

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 N. Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 702-7700
Recently opened in June 2004; the decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway will be an interactive museum honoring Naval aviation..

San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: (760) 291-0370
Fax: (760) 291-0371
The mission of the San Diego Archaeological Center is to preserve and curate prehistoric and historic archaeological artifacts and to promote the educational, cultural and scientific use of archaeological collections in partnership with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities they serve.

San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-AUTO
Fax: (619) 231-9869
The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park was the work of Briggs Cunningham, a renowned automobile collector. When Mr. Cunningham's interest waned, a group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the establishment of the Museum, which displays more than 80 exciting and unusual cars and motorcycles. Special exhibitions, museum store and more.

San Diego Hall of Champions
2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 234-4542
Fax: (619) 234-4543
The new San Diego Hall of Champions, opened in the renovated Federal Building in Balboa Park, will be as exciting, entertaining and enthralling as the athletic accomplishments and hometown heroes it celebrates. More than a museum and archives of San Diego sports, this 70,000-square-foot facility on three levels will be a dynamic activity center that encourages visitors to be participants as well as observers.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 696-0199
Fax: (619) 696-0239
Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the museum (SDMRM) is the world's largest operating model railroad museum. This unique museum has four enormous scale model layouts, built by separate clubs, which depict railroads of the southwest. In addition, the museum features a Toy Train Gallery with an interactive Lionel layout for children.

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-7931
Fax: (619) 232-9367
The San Diego Museum of Art is the region's primary resource for exhibitions and collections of fine art for more than 75 years. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the galleries offer opportunities for learning, introspection, and connection with cultures from around the world. Collections include Renaissance and Baroque paintings, American art, 19th-century European paintings, Asian art treasures and 20th-century paintings/sculptures.

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-2001
Fax: (619) 239-2749
The mission of the museum is to gain and disseminate knowledge of human biocultural development for a broad and diverse audience. San Diego's only anthropological museum holds one of the nation's great collections of artifacts, folk art, and archaeological finds is located in Balboa Park's historic California Tower.

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-3821
Fax: (619) 232-0248
The museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874. A flagship museum in Balboa Park that focuses on the natural wonders of Baja and Southern California. Excellent venue for private special events.

San Diego Sheriff's Museum and Educational Center
2384 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 260-1850
Fax: (619) 260-1862
The Sheriff's Museum and Educational Center preserves and promotes the history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for the enlightenment and education of visitors of all ages. Located in Old Town; California's birthplace. Featuring live police communications, a real jail, a courtroom and motorcycles. Free admission.

San Diego Visual Art Network
San Diego Visual Art Network is a calendar of events service covering all San Diego regions including Baja Norte with an opportunity section for artists and the SmART Collector feature to help take the mystery out of buying art.

Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Dr.
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 297-3258
Fax: (619) 297-3281
Located in Presidio Park above Old Town State Historic Park, this striking mission-style building was constructed in 1929 to commemorate the site where Father Junipero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portola established the first mission and fortified settlement in present-day California. The museum showcases artifacts such as house wares, period clothing, furniture, tools and a cannon and cannonballs from the Native American, Spanish and Mexican periods through 1848.

Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-5548
Fax: (619) 531-9640
This museum features artworks in the collection range from 13th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits to 19th-century still lifes. Represented are the works of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian painters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Petrus Christus, Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, and Veronese, as well as American artists such as John Singleton Copley. Free admission.

Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
2115 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-2300
Fax: (619) 239-7445
The Veterans Memorial Center, Inc. was formed in March 1989 to create, maintain and operate an institution to honor and perpetuate the memories of all men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. There is a collection of memorabilia, artifacts and artwork.

Villa Montezuma/Jesse Shepard House
1925 K St. (20th and K sets)
San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: (619) 239-2211
Fax: (619) 232-6297
The splendor and glory of San Diego's early boom years await you at the Villa Montezuma. Built in 1887 for internationally-celebrated author and musician Jesse Shepard, this Victorian house offers an exotic exterior, ornate interior and art glass windows. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Villa Montezuma hosts a variety of cultural and community activities including Victorian Christmas celebrations, Victorian teas, musicals, poetry readings and educational programs. The victorian house museum is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

Whaley House Museum / SOHO
2476 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 297-9327
Fax: (619) 291-3576
The home, designed by Thomas Whaley in 1857 is acclaimed as the "finest new brick block in Southern California" by the San Diego Herald, contained mahogany and rosewood furniture, damask drapes, and Brussels carpets. Whaley made his general store in the house, where it later became the first theatre in San Diego, and has also been known as the most haunted house in America.


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