The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park Support, honor, and perpetuate the memories of men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine.
Non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, IRS Tax ID: 33-0361154
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The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park was the former San Diego Naval Hospital Chapel at Inspiration Point in Balboa Park. It is part of a complex of architecturally significant buildings with rich historical connections to the San Diego region's naval heritage.

Mission: The Veterans Museum serves as a major hub for activities for many of the veterans' organizations of San Diego County. The former chapel and its grounds provide space and amenities in support of the veteran, education, business and active-duty military elements of the San Diego community. Additionally, the Veterans Memorial Garden with its B-24 Memorial and statue is located immediately in front of the Museum and honors veterans of all services and eras. The Veterans Museum's roles and missions include: Memorializes the service to our country by United States and allied veterans of all uniformed services in all wars and conflicts since the founding of the nation. Conducts and archives Oral Histories of Veterans from all eras. Offers support to the education community by enhancing students' knowledge of the outstanding historic role of the U.S. military in our country's national and world-wide achievements. Fifth-grade students attend history classes presented by veterans three afternoons each week during the school year. Junior and Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps student activities take place at the museum on an ongoing basis. Serves as an auxiliary information center for veterans in support of city, county, state and federal veterans' authorities. Supports the Active Duty Military in San Diego through outreach programs and activities. Supports recognition of veterans in San Diego County through the Veteran of the Year Program. Provides venues for conducting solemn patriotic ceremonies and memorial services honoring veterans. Provides facilities and support for "Eagles Wings," a monthly bereavement service for families and friends of deceased veterans. Provides a popular and historic location for various special events such as military retirement and promotion ceremonies, birthdays, anniversaries, and fund-raisers. Provides for both permanent and temporary display, care and maintenance of exhibits featuring memorabilia, artifacts and military equipment. Provides a research library of non-fiction and fiction pertaining to military affairs and historic events. Provides office space for the Vietnam Veterans of America organization and the "Eagles Wings" bereavement outreach program. Hosts monthly meetings of the United Veterans of San Diego County, the Veterans Advisory Council for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors; the VMC Board of Directors; the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; and many other veterans organizations and civic groups. Hosts periodic functions of organizations of allied veterans from Korea, Russia, Britain, France, Mexico and others. Supports the annual Veterans Day Parade with approximately 3,500 participants. Sponsors and coordinates presentations by veterans addressing the contributions of San Diego's veterans and on United States military historical events in schools and to local organizations and groups.

A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION!THE FAMILY OF CAPTAIN WILL HAYS, USN RETIRED, AND PAST MUSEUM CHAIRMAN, PLANNED AND HELD A SURPR...
01/14/2019

A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION!

THE FAMILY OF CAPTAIN WILL HAYS, USN RETIRED, AND PAST MUSEUM CHAIRMAN, PLANNED AND HELD A SURPRISE EVENT WE ALL ENJOYED!

His Honor Reception at The Veterans Museum took place on Saturday, January 12, 2019,

Museum photographer and Veteran, Barry Baron has posted all his pictures at his picture gallery on his website! You can download your favorites!

Quilts of Valor is a nationwide, grassroots community service all-volunteer group that makes quilts for our veterans and active duty service members. The Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 by a military Mom. Since then the group has grown to over 7,000 members and over 250 registered groups, and over 141,000 quilts have been awarded to our deserving warriors. We award the quilts to recipients in various ways, some are awarded one-on-one and others are awarded in groups.

http://waveourflag.com/gallery/willhays/

Today marks the 77th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Today we honor and remember those who rose to fight on ...
12/07/2018

Today marks the 77th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Today we honor and remember those who rose to fight on that fateful day and we mourn those lost. To the men and women survivors of Pearl Harbor still with us today, we thank you for your valiance and sacrifice.

#PearlHarborRemebrance2018 #SanDiegoVeterans

Although it’s been almost a month, we still wanted to share these awesome photos from the big day, our Veteran of the Ye...
12/06/2018

Although it’s been almost a month, we still wanted to share these awesome photos from the big day, our Veteran of the Year Luncheon. Everyone across the board confirmed this was the best Veteran of the Year Luncheon to date. You can tell by the smiles that we had a great time with our veteran community. Congrats to our new Veteran of the Year, Matt Foster! Big thanks to Holly Shaffner for heading the VOY committee this year. Thank you especially to all nominated and all who bought a ticket to the big reveal! We could not do what we do without this great event each year! We hope everyone has a Happy Holidays and New Year! We’ll see everyone in 2019! #SanDiegoVeteranoftheYear #sandiegoveterans #serviceafterservice #honor #pride #courage.

Join us Friday evening as our community partner, American History Theater debuts the last play of their season! Grab tix...
11/30/2018

Join us Friday evening as our community partner, American History Theater debuts the last play of their season! Grab tix in event or pay at the door! #sandiegoperformingarts #balboapark #sandiegoveterans

We had a GREAT dress rehearsal Thursday, November 29, at The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park. Our Emily triad is ready to debut “The Belle of Amherst” Friday, November 30 at 6:30 PM. The play runs until December 3. Don’t miss the last show of our AHT 2018 Season!
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Written by William Luce’
Directed by Missy Malone
Produced by Hal Berry
Starring: Alexis Parks, Alyssa Austin and Tara Larson as the famed poetess, Emily Dickinson.
Grab tix at the LINK IN BIO or pay at the door, cash only #emilydickinson #williamluce #HERstory #sandiegoveterans #sandiegoperformingarts

We, at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, are deeply saddened by the passing of a community hero and World War II veter...
11/22/2018
106-Year-Old Pearl Harbor Vet Dies in San Diego

We, at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, are deeply saddened by the passing of a community hero and World War II veteran, Ray Chavez. Ray was the oldest living survivor of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, at 106 years old. Our current Facebook profile picture is of Chavez and fellow Pearl Harbor survivor, Stu Hedley. These two men are veteran community celebrities, standing front and center.

We send our deepest condolences to the family of Ray Chavez. His legacy will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him.

Ray Chavez, the oldest veteran survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died in San Diego Wednesday, his loved ones confirmed.

San Diego Veterans Day ParadeNovember 10, 2018 San Diego, CaliforniaOfficial images from parade featuring Spirit of 45 p...
11/14/2018
San Diego Veterans Day Parade

San Diego Veterans Day Parade
November 10, 2018 San Diego, California
Official images from parade featuring Spirit of 45 participants and interviews.
Thanks to Barry Baron, again!

http://www.waveourflag.com/gallery/veteran2018/

Official images from parade featuring Spirit of 45 participants and interviews November 10, 2018 San Diego California

This year we were honored to work with Homeland Magazine editor, Mike Miller, to debut a new publication at the Veteran ...
11/13/2018
San Diego Veterans Magazine

This year we were honored to work with Homeland Magazine editor, Mike Miller, to debut a new publication at the Veteran of the Year Luncheon. "San Diego Veterans Magazine" will now be San Diego's premier Veterans' magazine, with Homeland Magazine expanding into a national venture. We hope everyone takes a moment to read a bit about our new San Diego County Veteran of the Year, and see what the new magazine has to offer. #sandiegoveteransmagazine #29thSDCVOY #veteranpride

A Veteran Magazine by Veterans for Veterans! www.San DiegoVeteransMagazine.com

To our Veteran community, we extend our deepest respect for your courage, honor and sacrifice in serving this great nati...
11/12/2018

To our Veteran community, we extend our deepest respect for your courage, honor and sacrifice in serving this great nation. We are encouraged each day by the legacy of service built by our nations' Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Wartime Merchant Marines. To all war eras and to all services, we thank you on Veterans Day and everyday, for what you have done for us.

We hope everyone is having a happy and safe Veterans' Day 2018!

#VeteransDay2018 #gratitude #listentoavet #legacyofhonor

This Veterans Day we are proud to announce our 2018-2019 San Diego County Veteran of the Year, Marine Master Sgt. (RET) ...
11/12/2018

This Veterans Day we are proud to announce our 2018-2019 San Diego County Veteran of the Year, Marine Master Sgt. (RET) Matt Foster!! Matt is the Project Manager on the Global Hawk program at Northrop Grumman in Rancho Bernardo. Prior to his selfless service to the community he served a full career as a valiant Marine, including three tours of combat to Iraq. Foster’s determination to serve his fellow veterans within the community stood out in nominations, and we were proud to hand this “jarhead” this year’s Veteran of the Year Award! Congratulations, Matt! We look forward to this next year of your time representing and serving your veteran community as this year’s VOY!
Big thanks to all who made this great event possible, all our nominees and to all the veterans who attended this year’s luncheon. #SanDiegoCountyVOY #veteranoftheyearSD #veteranstrong #selflessservice #communitypride #vetshelpingvets

Ladies and gents, join us this Saturday, November 10 for our 3rd year hosting Bodhi Tree Concerts for their FREE holiday...
11/09/2018

Ladies and gents, join us this Saturday, November 10 for our 3rd year hosting Bodhi Tree Concerts for their FREE holiday season's production of "All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914". Learn the story of World War I soldiers who laid down weapons to celebrate Christmas Day outside of the trenches. You can learn more about this event at https://www.sdopera.org/engage/taste-of-opera
Find out more about Bodhi Tree Concerts and their upcoming season at https://www.bodhitreeconcerts.org
And find out more about the Christmas Truce of 1914 here: https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/christmas-truce-of-1914 #ChristmasTruceof1914 #AllisCalm #SanDiegoperformingarts

We are in heavy ramp-up to Veterans Day at the museum, as are many other organizations throughout San Diego! This is our...
11/06/2018

We are in heavy ramp-up to Veterans Day at the museum, as are many other organizations throughout San Diego! This is our favorite time of the year, because the community has their eyes turned to our many veterans. Join the City Parks and Recreation Department and the Senior Citizens Services as they present their annual Veteran's Appreciation Dance! Call to register and go cut a rug from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom! Come out to Balboa Park on Nov. 11 as well, to celebrate our veterans with music and art! #SanDiegoveterans #VeteransDay2018 #SanDiegoVeteransDay

A big thanks to the #RedCross for coming to the museum for our #VeteransDay Festivities! If you would like to come by an...
11/06/2018

A big thanks to the #RedCross for coming to the museum for our #VeteransDay Festivities! If you would like to come by and see City Guard Band and provide a much needed blood donation, Red Cross will be there to oblige! Stay until 4 PM to view our newly renovated downstairs art gallery and its inaugural art exhibit!

Join us at the museum in Balboa Park at 4 PM on #VeteransDay, Nov. 11, as our Poet Laureate, Alyce Smith Cooper, present...
11/05/2018

Join us at the museum in Balboa Park at 4 PM on #VeteransDay, Nov. 11, as our Poet Laureate, Alyce Smith Cooper, presents our inaugural art exhibit in our newly renovated downstairs art gallery! Come meet and enjoy the work of Artist and Navy Veteran, W.B., through Cynthia's Artistic Expressions. Soft opening for viewing is at 4, with program and reception at 6 PM, to include live music by The Bobby Simmons Trio! Dress is business formal, with military members or veterans encouraged to wear a dress uniform. #sandiegoart #sandiegoartists #veteranartists #thehealingarts #balboapark #sandiegoartgallery

PGK EVENT CANCELLED: We are sorry to report that we will not be featuring PGK Dance Project as part of our many Veterans...
11/03/2018

PGK EVENT CANCELLED: We are sorry to report that we will not be featuring PGK Dance Project as part of our many Veterans Day activities, this year. We will still have a great day of LIVE music with The City Guard Band, our day culminating with our Poet Laureate, Alyce Smith Cooper, as she presents the inaugural art exhibit in our brand new art gallery. Come see the work of local artist and Navy veteran, W.B., featured through Cynthia's Artistic Expressions. Doors to the newly renovated space will open at 4 PM, November 11, Veterans Day, for show viewing, with a program at 6 PM. Formal business attire is the dress with military and veterans encouraged to wear Class A's. #veteransday2018 #SanDiegoVeteransDay #thankaveteran

Folks, TODAY is the LAST DAY that you can register to go to this year's Women Veterans Success Program Workshop! Last ye...
10/31/2018
Women Veterans Success Program Workshop

Folks, TODAY is the LAST DAY that you can register to go to this year's Women Veterans Success Program Workshop! Last year's event was a huge success, inspiring women veterans across San Diego to not be afraid of their potential and strength! #womenveterans #womenvetsunite #strongertogether

We’ve got to say a big, BIG thanks to Motorola and the Galvin Masters’ volunteers,  who traveled to San Diego JUST to do...
10/26/2018

We’ve got to say a big, BIG thanks to Motorola and the Galvin Masters’ volunteers, who traveled to San Diego JUST to do some renovations on our gorgeous old building! For the last week, volunteers from across the United States, hosted by Motorola Solutions and The Red Cross, have provided some much-needed updates such as new carpet and new paint. The project was completed on Oct 24, followed by a Team Party with yummy street tacos! We hope everyone enjoyed their #SoCal #SanDiego experience! We were honored to be one of Motorola Solutions’ charity projects 👍🏼 #motorolasolutions #galvinmasters #volunteerism #balboapark #gratitude

This past Saturday, Oct 20, women veterans across San Diego gathered to share a meal, meet and greet and learn more abou...
10/23/2018

This past Saturday, Oct 20, women veterans across San Diego gathered to share a meal, meet and greet and learn more about their military legacy during the 29th Annual Women’s Luncheon, hosted by Courage to Call. We salute our veteran and active duty sisterhood for their sacrifices, courage and strength. Thanks to all event planners, sponsors and participants for putting on such a great event again this year. #sandiegoveterans #sandiegowomenveterans #strongertogether #sandiegomilitary

Folks, we are having another great event with Absolutely American, Inc happening! Dont' miss this FREE opportunity to le...
10/17/2018

Folks, we are having another great event with Absolutely American, Inc happening! Dont' miss this FREE opportunity to learn the ins and outs of career planning as you transition from the service to the civilian sector. For us veterans that can be tougher than we anticipate! Join us at 7 PM Oct 18 to learn more! Bring your spouse, payment documents and get ready to get better organized for your civilian future! #veterantocivilian #transitioningmilitary #AbsolutelyAmericanINC #learninghowtocivilian

Join The Military Order of the World Wars at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on Saturday, October 13, for th...
10/13/2018

Join The Military Order of the World Wars at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on Saturday, October 13, for the 62nd Massing of the Colors. This ceremony pays homage to those who fought for their nation; present and past, and for those lost upon the battlefield. Our own Executive Director, Sheldon Margolis, will be the keynote speaker for this event. #militarypride #MOWW

Community Partner, American History Theater is looking for a strong female actress to play poetess and literary pioneer,...
10/10/2018

Community Partner, American History Theater is looking for a strong female actress to play poetess and literary pioneer, Emily Dickinson. This show will debut at the museum on November 30 and run until Dec. 3. If you think you've got the chops, take a look at audition location and time.

Good luck to all who audition and we look forward to seeing you at the museum!

The American History Theater is proud to cast their winter show, "The Belle of Amherst". We are looking for a very strong actress, able to carry 2 acts. As a a one woman show, strong memorization skills are a must.

Auditions will be held at
2120 4th Ave on Banker's Hill
Monday, October 15th at 7 PM
Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm

Rehearsals run from thru November. The show runs November 29th- December 3rd. A small stipend will be given. Please come prepared with a short dramatic monologue. Please email [email protected] to schedule an audition. Include a headshot and resume if possible.

Take a moment to read about this very important art exhibit, "Depicting the Invisible" by artist Susan Barron. Barron se...
10/03/2018
Veterans Day 2018: NYC Gallery Art Show to Honor Military Veterans and Trauma Survivors

Take a moment to read about this very important art exhibit, "Depicting the Invisible" by artist Susan Barron. Barron selected 12 veterans and told their story through photography and other mixed media, which will soon be on tour through our great nation. She depicts veterans, not as invincible deity, but as vulnerable people who have learned the hardest of ways what "sacrifice" to your country means. Her traveling exhibit will debut in New York City. In January this exhibit will come to your Veterans Museum. Keep an eye on our Facebook to learn exhibit dates! #depictingtheinvisible #SanDiegoveterans #thehealingarts #PTSD #MilitarySexualTrauma
https://www.veteransnewsreport.com/2018/09/29/veterans-day-2018-gallery-nyc/

Military Veterans and Trauma Survivors Honored by Artist Susan J. Barron at NYC Gallery Show on Veterans Day

Today we were proud to host some of our community’s most revered veteran and political leaders, as they kicked off this ...
10/02/2018

Today we were proud to host some of our community’s most revered veteran and political leaders, as they kicked off this year’s Operation Dress Code in partnership with Courage to Call. This program seeks to help transitioning active duty and veteran women preparing for those first out-of-service job interviews. Now civilians, veteran women often realize they’re not sure what to wear professionally, out of uniform! ODC is here to help! Giant pink donation boxes have been dropped off throughout San Diego to collect new and gently used professional/business attire. We are a donation location. On Nov 3, The Dress Code Boutique will open for a day of helping veteran women dress for success. To learn more about Operation Dress Code or get registered for Boutique Day go to www.OperationDressCode.com #operationdresscode #sandiegoveterans #womenveterans #dressforsuccess #transitioningveterans

POETRY AND DANCE IN CELEBRATION OF THE RENT PARTY--CANCELLED Ladies and gentlemen, we are sorry to announce that our upc...
10/01/2018

POETRY AND DANCE IN CELEBRATION OF THE RENT PARTY--CANCELLED
Ladies and gentlemen, we are sorry to announce that our upcoming event "Poetry and Dance in Celebraton of the Rent Party" at the museum on Oct. 6, has been cancelled. BUT, do not get upset, we plan to execute the event at a later date. Keep up with our Facebook "EVENTS" section to see when the event is added again! Until then, brush up on our American black history and learn more about the Rent Era mainly on the streets of famous Harlem! Thank you to our patrons, members and especially our comnunity's veterans for supporting our mission of education through the arts. #RentPartyEra #HarlemRennaissance #AfricanAmericanHistory #Cultureandawareness

09/28/2018
Honor Flight San Diego

And they’re off! We hope these amazing heroes and their very dedicated “posse” have a wonderful time in our capitol visiting their war memorials. These incredible veterans will get the VIP treatment for a day and then fly back home to San Diego for a HUGE HOMECOMING! Stay up to date on the trip at Honor Flight San Diego! #WWIIVeterans #HonorFlightSanDiego #trueheroes

Here we are on our Tour of Honor flight to Baltimore with 80 local WWII and Korea veterans. We will be going live on Facebook all weekend and look for us on FOX 5 San Diego too!

Big thank you to American Airlines for going above and beyond to welcome our heroes!

Take a moment to read this write-up about how Vietnam Vets are now able to thank the medics and doctors who saved their ...
09/28/2018
Vietnam Vets are able to thank those who saved their lives

Take a moment to read this write-up about how Vietnam Vets are now able to thank the medics and doctors who saved their lives on the battlefield. Through Connecting Vets, these important moments of healing are possible. #VietnamVeterans #veteranshelpingveterans #combatmedics

Vets wounded in Vietnam can now find the names of docs who saved their lives and limbs.

We were proud to host KUSI News ‘ Ali Wagner early Monday morning in support of the GI Film Festival San Diego, put on b...
09/27/2018

We were proud to host KUSI News ‘ Ali Wagner early Monday morning in support of the GI Film Festival San Diego, put on by KPBS for the last four years. The festival features short movie films and documentaries created by a veteran, or about veterans. KPBS collects films from all over SD and picks the best to showcase at the festival. This year there is no shortage of inspiration. Ali interviewed several of the filmmakers and film subjects, to learn more about the creation process, and how it was inspired. We were especially proud to host many heroic veterans, from one of the first African American Marines to serve, to the a war pilot being shot out of the sky over enemy lines. Curious to know more? To find out more about GI Film Fest debut locations, times and content go to www.gifilmfestsd.org. The festival kicked off last night and will feature/debut films in different locations across the city until Sept. 30. #gifilmfestsd #sandiegoveterans #inspiringveterans #militaryheroes

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2115 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA
92101

General information

Museum Admission Prices: $5 for General Adult $4 for Veterans and Seniors ($65+) $2 for Students with Valid Student I.D. Free Admission for: - Museum Members, - Active Duty Military and their Dependents with Mil I.D, - Children 12 and under. - San Diego residents on each second Tuesday of the month. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(619) 239-2300

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