Spending time in Balboa Park is a fully enriching experience, with sights and scenes where you can explore, learn and come across unique cultural attractions. Explore multicultural traditions at Centro Cultural de la Raza, a museum dedicated to Chicano, Mexican, Indigenous, and Latino art and culture. With rotating exhibits and performing arts celebrating dance, music and film, visitors are sure to stumble upon some interesting facts. Tour the Arts and Crafts-style museum home of Marston House, a landmark that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1905. Continue to cultivate your worldview inside the architecturally stunning Mingei International Museum. Here you can explore the ever-changing exhibits of contemporary and ancient folk art across all eras and cultures.
It’s best to wear comfortable shoes, as this only scratches the surface of the museums in Balboa Park – before you even reach the San Diego Zoo. See some artsy snapshots in the Museum of Photographic Arts; take the kids to an IMAX® movie and explore all-age science exhibits at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center; discover science, space and aviation history at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. From the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum housing rare sports memorabilia to the Automotive Museum, there seems to be a spot showcasing special gems for every interest and hobby.
Art lovers won’t want to miss the Art Institute, a sprawling 10,000-square-foot art gallery, and the San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest and largest fine art museum. You’ll dig up fascinating anthropology facts at the San Diego Museum of Man and learn more about the city itself at the San Diego History Museum.