Balboa Park Museums

Explore the 15+ Balboa Park museums in beautiful
San Diego Balboa Park, the center of cultural attractions in San Diego, CA.

Imagine going to a museum and seeing just what you like. Science... art ... model railroads? That's the beauty of the museums in Balboa Park. So many to choose from. You get to choose what interests you. And you may even get to go for free.

Updated October 1 2016 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

Free Tuesdays Balboa Park Museums

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San Diego Balboa Park Botanical Gardens
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If you are locals or active military, check out the calendar below for free museums for Balboa Park Museums Free Tuesdays. For other free or fun San Diego California activities, check out Upcoming San Diego Events.

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Fleet Science Center
Reuben Fleet Science Center Museum in Balboa Park

Which is the best San Diego museum in Balboa Park? It depends on what you enjoy. My favorite is the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, with its interesting interactive exhibits and IMAX movies.

Can't decide which one? Visit more than one. The park offers several special deals on tickets prices, and there are many coupons and discounts available.

Stay for the Day pass – visit your choice of 5 of 14 museums in one day for $45 ($26 for child ticket age 3 - 12). San Diego Zoo is not included. Available for purchase at the Balboa Parks Visitors Center, or online.

Balboa Park Multi-Day Explorer Passport - offers one admission to each of the 17 museums or attractions, good for seven consecutive days. Pricing is $55 for adults, $29 for children. Or if you would also like to visit the San Diego Zoo, which is located in Balboa Park, and the museums, a Zoo-Passport combo ticket costs $94 for adults and $61 for child ticket ages 3 – 12.

Other Discount Tickets and Coupons - There are many Discount Tickets and Coupons for individual museums or attractions for San Diego museums in Balboa Park.

For more information about Balboa Park, including address and directions, see San Diego Balboa Park


Balboa Park Free Tuesdays 2016
Free Tuesday in Balboa Park Museums

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Here is the free Tuesdays museum schedule for Balboa Park museums. Be sure to bring your ID to get in free. Some museums do not allow strollers inside on resident free Tuesday for safety reasons, so call to check before you go if you plan to bring a stroller. Note: if the Tuesday is a holiday, check first to see if the free Tuesday rules apply.

First Free Tuesday Balboa Park Museums 2016

January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6 2016

Free to San Diego City & County residents, Active Military & their families.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Centro Cultural de la Raza

Model Railroad Museum

Natural History Museum (does not include special exhibits)


Second Free Tuesday Balboa Park Museums 2016

Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 09, Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13 2016

Free to San Diego City & County residents, Active Military & their families

Museum of Photographic Arts

Museum of San Diego History

Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center


Third Free Tuesdays Balboa Park 2016

January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20 2016

Free to San Diego City & County residents, Active Military & their families

San Diego Art Institute

Mingei International Museum

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Man

Japanese Friendship Garden


Fourth Free Balboa Park Tuesdays 2016

Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24, Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 23, Sep 27, Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 27 2016

Free to San Diego City & County residents, Active Military & their families

San Diego Air & Space Museum (not valid for special exhibits)

San Diego Automotive Museum (last admission 3:45pm)

San Diego Hall of Champions

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages (Select cottages only)


Fifth Tuesday 2016

March 29, May 31, August 30, and November 29 2016

Normal museum prices in effect.

The Timken Museum of Art is always free, making it one of the popular Balboa Park museums.


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Balboa Park
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Balboa Park Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-2300 www.veteranmuseum.org

Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, 2125 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 235-6135 http://www.centroculturaldelaraza.org/

Japanese Friendship Gardens, Balboa Park, 2215 Pan American Road. E, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-2721 http://niwa.org/

Marston House, 3525 Seventh Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 297-9327 http://sohosandiego.org/marston/index.htm

Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 239-0003 www.mingei.org

Museum Of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 238-7559 www.mopa.org

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 238-1233 www.rhfleet.org

San Diego Air And Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park (619) 234-8291 www.sandiegoairandspace.org

San Diego Automotive Museum , 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park (619) 231-AUTO (2886) www.sdautomuseum.org

San Diego Hall Of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park (619) 234-2544 www.sdhoc.com

Museum of San Diego History, Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, Suite #3 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-6203 www.sandiegohistory.org

San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 696-0199 www.sdmrm.org

San Diego Museum Of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 232-7931 www.sdmrm.org

San Diego Museum Of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 239-2001 www.museumofman.org

San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 232-3821 www.sdnhm.org

Timken Museum Of Art - A free Balboa Park museum! 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park (619) 239-5548 www.timkenmuseum.org


February is San Diego Museum Month

February is San Diego Museum Month, and it should be back again for 2017 in San Diego. What a great time to visit some San Diego museums. Approximately 45 local museums, monuments, historical sites and gardens offer half-price admission. Pick up a FREE Museum Month Pass at a local Macy's store starting February 1 2017, good for half-price admissions for up to four people to participating local museums, including some of my favorites: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, USS Midway, and San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens).

Just pick up your free museum pass at any San Diego Macy's store from February 1 - Feb 28 2017, and get half off admission to the best museums in San Diego. Participating museums typically include:

Adobe Chapel

Barona Cultural Center & Museum

Birch Aquarium at Scripps - one of our favorites!

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum

California Surf Museum - a must-see for surfing bums (Oceanside)

Coronado Museum of History & Art

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Gaslamp Museum and William H. Davis House

Heritage of the Americas Museum

Japanese Friendship Garden

Junipero Serra Museum

La Jolla Historical Society

Living Coast Discovery Museum

LUX Art Institute

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Marston House and Gardens

Mingei International Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - Downtown

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - La Jolla

Museum of Making Music - Carlsbad

Museum of Photographic Arts

Oceanside Museum of Art

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - We love it! It's the best!

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Botanic Gardens - Beautiful garden in Encinitas.

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego History Center

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum

Santa Ysabel Store

The New Children’s Museum

The San Diego Museum of Art

Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center

Timken Museum of Art

USS Midway Museum - a San Diego tradition.

Veteran’s Museum & Memorial Center

Visions Art Museum

Warner-Carillo Ranch House & Museum

Water Conservation Garden

Whaley House Museum

Women’s Museum of California

For more information on the San Diego Museum Month see www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org

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