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Explore Balboa Park The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass gets you special access to San Diego's crown jewel with exclusive perks, events, and news! The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass gets you into amazing museums and more for 365 days!
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Enjoy exclusive perks, discounts, and invites to special events in addition to personalized staff recommendations and monthly tailored newsletters bringing you the latest in Park news, events, and programs! With your Annual Pass you have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural and artistic offerings of Balboa Park in an easy and affordable way. Rather than pay different admission rates at each museum, you can choose from our convenient Annual Pass options, saving you time and money. Choose what you want to explore, when you want to explore it! Interested in purchasing an Explorer? Buy it on our website, through any Explorer kiosk in the lobby of all participating museums, or at the Balboa Park Visitors Center.

Operating as usual

09/03/2020
Explorer Experience with the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Check out this behind the scenes look at the San Diego Air & Space Museum with Curator and Restoration Director, Terry Brennan and Director of Marketing and Communications, David Neville!

#ExplorerExperiences are exclusive live tours/talks and content for #BalboaPark Explorer Annual Pass holders.

If you would like to participate in future live experiences, become a pass holder today at explorer.balboapark.org

https://youtu.be/I7xxeeguMZA

++UPDATE: The Air and Space Museum has reopened since this video was created.++ Check out this behind the scenes look at the San Diego Air and Space Museum w...

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be welcoming guests back to the museum beginning Friday, September 4 at 11 am!๐Ÿš‚...
08/31/2020

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be welcoming guests back to the museum beginning Friday, September 4 at 11 am!๐Ÿš‚

For more details see the post below:

Get ready ๐Ÿ˜ฒ we're reopening! The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will open its doors to the public at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 4 ๐ŸšžOur team cannot wait to welcome guests and run the trains!โ€‹

For more information and details, visit our website - https://www.sdmrm.org/yourvisitโ€‹

San Diego Air & Space Museum
08/31/2020

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Weโ€™re excited to reopen our doors to the public starting this Monday August 31, from 10:00am- 4:30pm!

For the safety of our guests and staff, we have implemented safety measures that include:
Required face masks for guests and employees
Continuous cleaning and sanitizing within the museum
Social distancing
Capacity limits
Hand sanitizer stations
All staff have temperature checked before entering the museum
Guests/staff are required to stay home if they do not feel well
Due to ongoing construction in front of the Museum, weโ€™re asking guests to park in the lot behind our building and follow the signs to the entrance, where our admissions team will be waiting to welcome you back. Hope to see you soon

#DidYouKnow: The 19th Amendment and women's right to vote turn 100 years old today!To honor the centennial of the #19thA...
08/26/2020

#DidYouKnow: The 19th Amendment and women's right to vote turn 100 years old today!

To honor the centennial of the #19thAmendment the #CaliforniaTower at #BalboaPark will be shining in the suffrage colors of #PurpleAndGold at night!โœจ

Look up after dark this week to see #BalboaPark's iconic #CaliforniaTower bathed in purple and gold light to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the #19thAmendment and the women's suffrage movement. #WomensVote100 #ThankYou #SanDiego

๐Ÿ“ธ credit Chris Rynne

08/22/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: The San Diego Natural History Museum

Are you a fan of #naturalhistory? Do you love #SanDiego's flora and fauna? the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) has some great content for all ages you can access from anywhere. Check it out!

Visit the Nat's website here: https://www.sdnhm.org/

https://youtu.be/bbvYcViEV1E

Are you a fan of natural history? Do you love San Diego's flora and fauna? The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) has some great content for all ages...

08/19/2020
Virtual Explorer Experience: Balboa Park Conservancy (Visitors Center)

Explorers & Park lovers! Walk with us, virtually, through Balboa Park and learn some fun facts along the way with tour guide Pam Crooks from the Balboa Park Conservancy Visitors Center and learn about #BalboaPark's past and its vibrant present as the nationโ€™s largest urban cultural park!๐ŸŒณ

Learn more here: https://balboaparkconservancy.org/โ€ฆ/virtual-visitors-center/

Explorers! Walk with us, virtually, through Balboa Park and learn some fun facts along the way with tour guide Pam Crooks and learn about Balboa Park's past ...

08/19/2020
Museum of Photographic Arts

๐Ÿ“ธCelebrate #WorldPhotographyDay with the launch of the Museum of Photographic Arts Photo Club!

Learn more about Photo Club at ๐Ÿ‘‰MOPA.org/PhotoClub ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Celebrate World Photography Day with MOPA. Today, weโ€™re launching (๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ) Photo Club! ๐ŸŽŠโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐‚๐ฅ๐ฎ๐›? โฃโฃ
Itโ€™s a series of photo challenges where you guide your own experience. Each challenge mixes two photo techniques. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ? At the end of each challenge, you can submit your artwork for feedback. Our team of visual learning experts will take a look and get back to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰โฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐—ช๐ก๐จโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ? โฃโฃ
Photo Club is designed for middle and high school students. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. ๐Ÿคซโฃ
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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐—ช๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ? โฃโฃ
Find Photo Club at ๐Ÿ‘‰MOPA.org/PhotoClub ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

And, you can start todayโ€” happy World Photo Day!

Financial support for Photo Club is provided by The County of San Diego.

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are taking over San Diego Model Railroad Museum for a virtual 75th birthday party...
08/12/2020

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are taking over San Diego Model Railroad Museum for a virtual 75th birthday party! ๐Ÿš‚๐ŸŽ‰

From August 17-23, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum will highlight something special about Thomas and his friends through videos, crafts, and more!

Many people have had to celebrate their birthdays a little differently this year...and Thomas the Tank Engine and his pals are no exception! Starting August 17, SDMRM will host Thomas Takeover Week, a virtual 75th birthday party for the trains of Wilbert Awdry's Railway Series ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‹

Thomas needs your help to make his way to Donation Station! We'd love to celebrate the Railway Series' legacy by raising $3,000 before 8/23 so the museum may continue all the programming you know and love through these uncertain times.โ€‹

Visit sdmrm.org/thomasweek to donate and learn more!โ€‹

08/05/2020
San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art

โฃWhy has Sandra Maas paired this lithograph with Shakespeare's greatest heroine? โ €
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Watch this Virtual SDMA + SDSS Performance to find out! Be sure to check back every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. PST for more virtual performances in collaboration with local arts institutions.โ €
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#VirtualSDMA+ The San Diego Shakespeare Society ๐ŸŽญ is a series of video performances featuring monologues from great works of Shakespeare ๐Ÿ“œ in response to selections ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ from the #SDMAcollection, premiering every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.โ €โ €
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The #SanDiegoMuseumofArt traditionally works with The San Diego Shakespeare Society throughout the year featuring seasonal #SDMA ArtStops. The San Diego Shakespeare Society performs year round with the goal of demonstrating the relevance, immediacy, and accessibility of Shakespeareโ€™s works for the general public.โ €โ €
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Featured: Albert Belleroche (AKA Albert de Belleroche). "Woman's Head in Profile," 1906?. Lithograph. Gift of George C. Kenney II and Olga-Kitsakos Kenney. 2000.217. โ €
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William Shakespeare. Rosalind in "As You Like It," Act V, Scene 4, 1599.

Museum of Us
08/05/2020

Museum of Us

In solidarity with the worldwide #LightItBlue movement, the California Tower has been flooded in blue light since April 10th in support of healthcare and essential workers on the frontlines of the fight against Coronavirus. Last night, a projection was added to signify the beginning of a new chapter for the Museum of Us.

08/04/2020
Virtual Explorer Experience: San Diego Natural History Museum

Watch this fun behind-the-scenes Explorer Experience at San Diego Natural History Museum's Living Lab exhibit with animal caretaker Stacey Vielma and learn some interesting facts about the animal in this exhibit!

Learn more about The Nat at www.sdnhm.org and while you're there take a peek at their calendar for some fun upcoming events! ๐Ÿธโœจ

Check out this awesome behind the scenes look at The Nat's Living Lab exhibit with animal caretaker Stacey Vielma and learn some interesting facts about the ...

Explorers! Check out this awesome news!
08/02/2020

Explorers! Check out this awesome news!

After operating as the San Diego Museum of Man for over 40 years, it is time we step into a new identity that better reflects our values of equity, inclusion, and decolonization.

Today, we are proud to announce our new name: Museum of Us

07/30/2020
Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Hello #BalboaPark lovers! Check out some of the cool face masks being offered by your favorite Park organizations! Stay safe, and support the organizations you love most.โค๏ธ

Links to purchase masks currently available:

WorldBeat Cultural Center - http://www.worldbeatcenter.org/support-our-cultural-mask-fundraiser

San Diego Zoo - https://shopzoo.com/collections/face-masks?fbclid=IwAR3z08fkFFmtrOTOIZjmhdfyoFH6yWuhz3Wx6L3rU3tzG1yltu5Xe9bQ_hA

San Diego Museum of Art - https://www.sdmart.org/product/cotan-still-life-mask/

San Diego Art Institute - https://sandiegoartinstitute.company.site/Jolonzo-Goldtooth-c53498876?mc_cid=aa604d0b3b&mc_eid=a4aab57c7c

Masks that are coming soon:

Museum of Photographic Arts - https://shop.mopa.org/

Timken Museum of Art - https://timkenshop.square.site/

San Diego Model Railroad Museum - https://www.sdmrm.org/

And a reminder - if you visit the Park and forget your mask, the Visitors Center has masks available, too!๐Ÿ’•

Mingei International Museum
07/28/2020

Mingei International Museum

#OTD in 1895 artist William L. Hawkins (1895โ€“1990) was born.

Hawkins was a Black self-taught artist that used collage and creative painting techniques to produce bold work. His collage work provides valuable insight into his overall practice of gathering and transforming the images that defined his world, and was often tied to pop culture and complicated themes such as patriotism or fall of humankind.

Learn more at mingei.org/exhibitions/william-l-hawkins.

07/24/2020
Balboa Park

Balboa Park

๐Ÿš‚โœจTrains are fascinating machines! As a mode of human transportation and as a critical part of the transport of goods in our supply chain.

Learn about railroad history and modeling at home with the San Diego Model Railroad Museum! Check out their website for online exhibitions, as well as camp, at: https://www.sdmrm.org/

And watch more videos from across Balboa Park on YouTube at Balboa Park TV!

07/24/2020
San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum

A special Facebook Live Event with NASAโ€™s Dr. Jenny Gruber. She will be explaining the Artemis Program which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. It promises to be something like youโ€™ve never seen before!

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
07/23/2020

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

The globally-beloved Thomas the Tank Engine turns 75 this year! ๐ŸŽ‚ You can view this friendly blue engine making his way around the tracks in our Toy Train Gallery.โ€‹

Learn more about Thomas and his friends in our online exhibit at https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-and-friends. Listen to stories from the isle of Sodor and dream up an island of your own!โ€‹

See some adorable animals and learn more about what's happening at the San Diego Zoo along with Rick Schwartz on this aw...
07/21/2020
Virtual Explorer Experience: San Diego Zoo

See some adorable animals and learn more about what's happening at the San Diego Zoo along with Rick Schwartz on this awesome Virtual Explorer Experience! ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ’โœจ

For more about the San DiegoZoo, check out their website at sandiegozoo.org/

#ExplorerExperiences are exclusive tours and content for #BalboaPark Explorer Annual Pass holders. Since we are not able to provide in-person, we're holding live Virtual Explorer Experiences you can join from home!

If you would like to participate in future live experiences, become a pass holder today at explorer.balboapark.org

See some adorable animals and learn more about what's happening at the San Diego Zoo along with Rick Schwartz! Rick Schwartz is a wildlife expert and former ...

07/16/2020
Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Did you know NASA is working towards a moon landing in 2024? Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum for a special Facebook Live Event with NASAโ€™s Dr. Jenny Gruber who is at the heart of the plan to return to the moon! When? Tomorrow Friday, July 17 beginning at 11 am!

Make sure to check out the 'Balboa Park to You' Spotlight video below and learn more about this awesome upcoming event. Most importantly, save the date and don't miss out!

Attend the event at: https://www.facebook.com/SDASM/

07/15/2020
San Diego Zoo

Check out this cute pair of black-footed (cat) kittens! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ป

Dear Satka,
You've got MALES! ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป

07/14/2020
Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Are you needing some science in your life? How about ice cream? The Fleet Science Center continues to provide both!! ๐Ÿงช๐Ÿฆ

Check out this awesome 'Balboa Park to You' video below!โœจ

07/10/2020
Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Did you know The San Diego Museum of Art continues to provide awesome activities you can participate in from the safety of your own home?

Nicole from SDMA describes their Family Drop-in Days events in this 'Balboa Park to You' video!

Learn more about the program at https://www.sdmart.org/families/

In response to State and County COVID-19 requirements, indoor museums in Balboa Park are closed and Balboa Park Explorer...
07/07/2020

In response to State and County COVID-19 requirements, indoor museums in Balboa Park are closed and Balboa Park Explorer sales are suspended at this time. The Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Zoo, select restaurants, public gardens, parking lots and trails remain open.

Please contact us if you have any questions, representatives are available via LIVE CHAT on https://explorer.balboapark.org/ or e-mail us at [email protected].

For more information visit: https://www.culturalpartnership.org/

07/03/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: PAWmicon 2020

Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: PAWmicon 2020

We reached out to our friends at the in-progress ComicCon Museum to find out what they are up to. And we are excited to share news of PAWmicon 2020 - a colla...

We are excited to share more reopening news with you! As reopening continues, we encourage park lovers and visitors to f...
07/03/2020

We are excited to share more reopening news with you!

As reopening continues, we encourage park lovers and visitors to follow state and local safety guidelines regarding physical distancing and mask-wearing for a safe and enjoyable visit to (y)our beloved Balboa Park, its gardens, and cultural venues!

While visiting, please follow all posted instructions included here: culturalpartnership.org/beforeyouvisit โœจ โฃโฃ

Now, here is what's reopening:

โ†’The Fleet Science Center will be reopening July 3, Friday - Wednesday, closed on Thursdays, from 10 am to 5 pm.

โฃโฃโ†’The San Diego Natural History Museum will be reopening July 3, Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Please note: Theater will be closed in July, reopening will be announced at a later date.

โ†’The United Nations Gift Shop will be reopening on July 3, Tuesday - Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

โ†’The The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park will be reopening July 3, Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

โ†’The Museum of Photographic Arts will be reopening July 4, Friday - Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

โ†’The San Diego History Center will be reopening July 4, Friday - Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

โ†’The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be reopening July 4, Friday - Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Balboa Park Explorer Pass is one of San Diego's best-kept secrets! Managed by the nonprofit Balboa Park Cultural Par...
07/02/2020

The Balboa Park Explorer Pass is one of San Diego's best-kept secrets! Managed by the nonprofit Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the pass program is a great value and supports the museums you love in the Park.โ˜€๏ธ

See the Fun Facts video here! https://youtu.be/QZWj8jRdhWI

And, learn more about the program and pick up your pass at: https://explorer.balboapark.org/

Balboa Park
06/27/2020

Balboa Park

As a part of their One Million Masks Initiative, Mad Engine LLC is donating 15,000 face coverings to the museums in Balboa Park. You can also pick up your free face covering at Mad Engine's San Diego location this Saturday at their drive up distribution event. Thank you Mad Engine for supporting @BalboaPark and keeping San Diego safe.

Several Balboa Park organizations have reopened to the public with social distancing measures in place.โœจ โฃโฃThese measure...
06/23/2020

Several Balboa Park organizations have reopened to the public with social distancing measures in place.โœจ โฃโฃ

These measures are based on guidance from health authorities, including the CDC, along with requirements of the state of California and San Diego County.

While visiting, please follow all posted instructions included here: culturalpartnership.org/beforeyouvisit โœจ โฃโฃ

Here is whatโ€™s open:

โ†’The San Diego Automotive Museum is now open Tuesday - Sunday and closed on Mondays from 11 am to 4 pm.

โ†’The San Diego Zoo is now open, from 9 am - 8 pm, please check sandiegozoo.org for any future updates on their hours of operations.

โ†’The Japanese Friendship Garden is now open, Monday - Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Tea Pavilion will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

โ†’The Visitors Center will be open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

โ†’The San Diego Air & Space Museum will be open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

โ†’The Prado Restaurant will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 12 pm to late afternoons; reservations are encouraged.

โ†’The Prado Perk Coffee Cart will also be open Wednesday - Sunday from 10 am to late afternoons.

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1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 09:00 - 16:30

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The Balboa Park Explorer Pass gets you into amazing museums and more for 365 days.

With your Explorer Pass, you have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural and artistic offerings of Balboa Park in an easy and affordable way.

With the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass, enjoy exclusive perks, discounts, and invites to special events in addition to personalized recommendations and monthly tailored newsletters bringing you the latest in Park news, events, and programs!

And best of all, the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass enables you to give back to the arts and sciences all year long, since every Pass admission helps to fund the institutions you visit in the Park!

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Tonight! Located next to the San Diego Museum of Art
Is there a cost to see the gardens? So pretty.
Balboa Park Lotus Pond I took this picture early in the morning. Although i got a brilliant colors I decided to convert it to BW. I try to see the difference between the pictures converted in bw and taken in bw. T. Single picture. TD. EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70, tripod at f/3.5, 1/250, ISO 100, Fl/40 Photoshop CS6
Visiting San Diego. Went to Balboa Park. Husband may have lost his wallet while we were there tonight. ๐Ÿ˜ขIs there security office or lost and found? Any help appreciated.
Very sorry to learn of the closing of the Village Grill. Low prices and tasty food. Where will we get our breakfast burritos? What will be the replacement?
One night only - Panama 66 Presents Gilbert Castellanos at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park! WED October 18 || 6-945PM || All Ages || Free || Panama 66 closed that night INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/2007221892889847??ti=ia
June 9 ... LONG GONE????
For those of you looking for a fun thing to do on Saturday night- Come to the Mingei Museum for the WJA 3rd Annual Maker's Project! Where 17 pieces of Jewelry will be auctioned off for Scholarships and Granst within the Jewelry industry. 6pm- 9pm, $20 for WJA Members and $25 for non-members, includes 1 raffle ticket and food and beverages! It will be a great night! For tickets click on
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