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San Diego Balboa Park, the center of cultural attractions in San Diego, CA.

Last updated August 19 2014

Free Tuesdays Balboa Park Museums

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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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 $39. San Diego Zoo is not included. Available for purchase at the Balboa Parks Visitors Center, or online.

Balboa Park Passport - offers one admission to each of the 14 museums or attractions, good for seven consecutive days. Pricing is $49 for adults, $27 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 $83 for adults and $47 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 2014
Free Tuesday in Balboa Park Museums

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.

First Free Tuesday 2014

2014 - January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2 2014

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 3D films)


Second Free Tuesday 2014

2014 - Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10, Jul 8, Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9 2014

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 2014

2014 - January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16 2014

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 Tuesdays 2014

2014 - Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23 2014

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum (not valide 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 2014

2014 - April 29, July 29, September 30, and December 30 2014

Normal museum prices in effect.

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


Balboa Park Museums

photo credit Chris Martin

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 is back again for 2014 for its 25th year in San Diego. What a great time to visit some San Diego museums. Approximately 44 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 2014, 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 2014, and get half off admission to the best museums in San Diego. Participating museums include:

Barona Cultural Center & Museum

Birch Aquarium at Scripps - one of our favorites!

Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

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!

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

The New Children’s Museum

The San Diego Museum of Art

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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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