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San Diego History Center

1649 El Prado Ste 3, San Diego, CA 92101-1664
+1 619-232-6203
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San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.
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1649 El Prado Ste 3, San Diego, CA 92101-1664
Balboa Park
+1 619-232-6203
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

This small museum hosts several temporary exhibits that, for the most part, focus on very specific aspects of San Diego history. When we there, there was an extensive exhibit on the city's Jewish community, another much smaller one on the Japanese San Diego experience or...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 3 June 2017

I particularly enjoyed the 2017 exhibit on the History of San Diego's Jewish Community. It is a very engaging and innovative exhibit with interesting timeline, family photos and an interesting take on what helped establish the Jewish Community in San Diego.

Thank JSS88
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This free museum in Balboa Park has little on the city's history other than the park and zoo. It is set up poorly with information on walls that are so far away and poorly lighted that they cannot be read. A city with this kind...More

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 27 December 2016

As with any museum or such place, the exhibits rotate. I had been to this History Center about three years ago, and it was completely different than what saw on my trip today. Major point of the current exhibitions include a celebration of the 100...More

2  Thank ed_in_510
Reviewed 17 December 2016

This museum is well worth visiting, especially if architecture and history interest you.The history of San Diego and Gill's contributions, especially the Dodge House, were inthralling. Do not miss this exhibit. Also , if you have children, the zoo portion is geared to them and...More

Thank bonne306
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Let check the list online about free entrance for selected museums at Balboa park every tuesday. This history center tells how San Diego coming as a landmark on Map, it past important event taking place here at Panama expo on early 19 cenury domething. There...More

1  Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 4 October 2016

I learned all I need to know about the history of the zoo and a little about San Diego's leading architect. Beyond that -- not much. I was disappointed that I had missed the Japanese camps during WWII exhibit. I'm very familiar with Executive Order...More

Thank Toothsc
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The current exhibit -- "The Lore Behind the Roar" -- is outstanding. Most of the museum features the "Roar" with a focus on the history of San Diego zoo that is celebrating its 100th birthday. But don't miss the smaller show on the items made...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I was working on some research for a writing project and contacted this organization for access to their archives. Truly amazing resource. Personnel are so helpful and knowledgeable. The museum was interesting, but the archive was the main attraction. So nice to see a local...More

Thank Dawn H
Reviewed 22 June 2016

It cost $10 for adults to enter San Diego History Center. There were a couple of school groups touring inside while we were there. There were a few hands on activities for kids, like building with blocks, feeding the animals of the zoo and trying...More

Thank Alexandra T
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