San Diego History Center

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, 92101, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6192326203
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, History Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites

San Diego History Center - Review

The centre is quite old, established in 1928, and does an excellent job of research, archiving, exhibitions, and events. It is the only museum in California dedicated to the Spanish Colonial Period. It receives over 150000 visitors every year. Their collections include 45 million documents, 2.5 million historic photographs, 1700 oral histories, 1500 films, 15000 artefacts and also 7000 clothing items. This massive collection gives them immense research and exhibition flexibility. Some of the center's collection is housed in the Serra Museum. Check the center's website for upcoming events.

San Diego History Center Hours

  • Research Library Hours Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 1pm.

How To reach San Diego History Center by Public Transport

  • By Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl.

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TripHobo Highlights for San Diego History Center

  • San Diego History Center Address: Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, 92101, United States
  • San Diego History Center Contact Number: +1-6192326203
  • San Diego History Center Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • San Diego History Center Price: Free
  • Best time to visit San Diego History Center(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit San Diego History Center: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting San Diego History Center

  • 0.25% of people who visit San Diego include San Diego History Center in their plan

  • 95% of people start their San Diego History Center visit around 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see San Diego History Center

Tuesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Diego History Center

People normally club together Presidio Park and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church while planning their visit to San Diego History Center.

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San Diego History Center, San Diego Reviews

  • What an interesting and varied free little history center! I really enjoyed the temporary LGBT exhibit and I thought it was both disheartening and inspirational. The tiny section on Japanese society in San Diego was really cool too (so funny to think of Japanese sushi and tacos being served together at family parties). There was some interesting facts on settlers in San Diego and some beautiful murals as well! Was disappointed in the gift shop - really boring generic stuff for sale in comparison to all the random interesting things to see in the museum itself. I think it would’ve been so cool to recreate and sell some of those vintage LGBT tshirts designs on display for example

  • Very interesting with an assortment of very old and new Chinese items. History of Chinese in San Diego. Terrific paintings by Chinese artist. Small but worthwhile museum.

  • This place was great. My kids spent about an hour and a half going through the hands on exhibits and exploring the museum. Very clean and pleasant place.

  • Great museum at a great price [free]. Well not technically free but you pay what you want upon exiting. We ended up spending an hour here with the various exhibits and short film on San Diego and Balboa park. I've walked by this place dozens of times and never explored but I am glad that I finally went inside. Upon leaving a left $10 and it was definitely worth it.

  • The new LGBT exhibit is worth a trip to the park. (But the part is always worth a trip!)

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