San Diego is full of popular attractions, but its museums are some of its most notable. There’s very little you can’t learn here whether you want a more in-depth look at the city’s past or to experience its modern-day culture. Check out history, science, and art during your visit and spend a few hours at these excellent museums.
San Diego is very connected to its historic roots, which is reflected in its museums. Many of these are located in the Gaslamp Quarter, which features The Davis Horton House and plenty of examples of authentic mid-1800s architecture.
Other excellent history museums include the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, Whaley House in Old Town, and the military history on display at the USS Midway Museum.
San Diego’s museums cover many different fields of science. Whether your interests lie in geology, space, or transportation, you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.
You can explore anthropology at the Museum of Us, walk the exhibits at the San Diego Natural History Museum, or see a show at The Fleet Science Center, all within Balboa Park.
Art is a great way to explore an area’s culture, and visiting art museums makes for a great family-friendly activity.
Head to Balboa Park to check out the San Diego Art Institute and the Museum of Photographic Arts. If you’re more interested in modern art, try the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown San Diego.
Improving Your Trip
If you’re planning to visit multiple museums and other attractions in the San Diego area, you can’t go wrong with a Go San Diego pass, which lets you bundle together admission prices for different activities. If you purchase the Go San Diego pass via our website you will get an additional discount because of our exclusive partnership with Go San Diego!
Many museums get busy around mid-day, so staying overnight nearby is the best way to ensure you arrive early enough to skip the crowds! Book your accommodations at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, which offers a family-friendly experience with amenities like a fitness center and free WiFi, or stay at any of our other top picks for the Best Hotels in San Diego.