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: Museums, History Museums, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites

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.

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

  • By Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • A little gem hiding in Balboa Park. The admission cost is pay-what-you-wish. They have a number of different exhibitions and they are well put together. Definitely going back.

  • Really fun, I love walking through the time events the Hands-On ones Superfund to guess the smells and the sounds they even have an LGBT area

  • 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

  • The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educates and enriches our community, preserves our history, and fosters civic pride. One of the oldest and largest historical organizations on the West Coast, the San Diego History Center is one of the only institutions dedicated to the heritage of a major American metropolitan region. The History Center was established in 1928 by noted philanthropist, businessman and civic leader George W. Marston, who built the Junípero Serra Museum to house the new institution on Presidio Hill, site of the founding of San Diego and California.  Marston gifted the Serra Museum and the adjacent land to the City of San Diego in 1929. For over sixty years, the Serra was the site of the Historical Society and Research Archives. In 1982, the Historical Society moved its collections and museum to Balboa Park, maintaining the Serra as an auxiliary museum and educational center. In 2010, San Diego History Center was formally adopted as the institution’s name. The History Center is the steward of our heritage and the principal resource for San Diego history – collecting, preserving and displaying unparalleled collections of regional history. No other institution is solely devoted to preserving San Diego’s collective history and enhancing community identity. A unique civic resource committed to public engagement and collaboration, the History Center partners with other museums, San Diego and regional school districts, other historical organizations, media, businesses and corporations to deliver programs to the broadest audience. The History Center presents dynamic, engaging exhibitions highlighting what makes San Diego unique and the region’s emerging role in the 21st century. We serve as a lifelong learning center for all members of our community, providing outstanding educational programs for school children and popular programs for families and adults. The Research Archives serves residents, scholars, students and researchers onsite and online. With its rich historical content, archived material and online photo gallery, our website is visited by more than 1,500 distinct visitors daily. Since 1955, in cooperation with the University of San Diego, the History Center has published the prestigious Journal of San Diego History, one of the only scholarly publications dedicated to a major American metropolitan region. Since 2013, the History Center has been a Smithsonian Affiliate.

  • 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.

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