San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center

In beautiful Balboa Park, the San Diego History Center is the city’s premier destination for the true stories of southern California exploration, settlement, and civilization from the 16th century to modern-day. A beautiful museum in a spectacularly gorgeous setting, the San Diego History Center is also nearby the San Diego Zoo, the Natural History Museum, as well as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Open Monday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, the San Diego History Center holds unique exhibitions on everything San Diego as well as its stunning permanent collection on display and wondrous educational programs scheduled year-round. Visitors young and old alike will find something of interest from the Ingenious World of Dr. Seuss temporary exhibition to the newest permanent exhibit, Place of Promise, which showcases the history of southern California from as early as 10,000 BCE.

Also affiliated with the San Diego History Center is the Junipero Serra Museum, dedicated to the newly canonized saint of California, located in Presidio Park. The Junipero Serra Museum is a local landmark built on a historic site, containing many interesting and lovely artifacts relevant to the Franciscan missionary’s work in California.

The History Center is a proud mission working for education and appreciation of history, regardless of age. Educational programs range from school programs in the two museums to youth and other group programs, adult lectures and tours, and more.


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