Comic-Con Museum

Pin Icon
2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
|
San Diego’s new Comic-Con Museum located in Balboa Park allows you to enjoy the magic of the annual international Comic Con convention all year round.
Comic-Con Museum
Year-Round Magic
What to Expect
See More & Save
Exhibits and Attractions
Parking
Helpful Tips
Stay Nearby

Highlights

Exhibits / Attractions
Tickets
Parking
Tips
Exhibits / Attractions
Tickets
Parking
Tips

Year-Round Magic at the Comic-Con Museum

The Comic-Con Museum is a brand new San Diego museum that opened in Balboa Park, late in 2021.

Even before its opening, the museum was already generating plenty of hype among Comic-Con fans. The annual Comic-Con International typically brings hundreds of thousands of people to San Diego each year for the Comic Con San Diego convention held at the San Diego Convention Center. This museum will capture the magic of the annual event with art, science, pop culture, technology, and more.

Featuring both rotating and permanent Comic-Con exhibits, the museum will has interactive classes, movie screenings, and fun group activities for people of all ages. They are even planning on hosting online events, which will allow people from all over the world to enjoy the magic of Comic-Con from the comfort of their home.

The city of San Diego has been working to make the Comic-Con Museum a reality for several years now. The museum is housed in the converted Federal Building, which was initially constructed in 1935. This building has hosted a wide range of exhibitions and events over the years, and is being converted to make way for this new museum.

Balboa Park is home to many of San Diego’s most exciting museums and attractions. It brings in thousands of people from around the world each year, and this museum is sure to do the same!

Popular Hotels Nearby
Popular Hotels
Price
Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown
$162
Check Price
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp
$147
Check Price
Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown
$152
Check Price
Good Nite Inn San Diego Airport/SeaWorld
$64
Check Price

What to Expect When You Visit

Slated to open in late 2021, we don’t yet have all the answers of what to expect during a visit, however there is plenty that we do already know about the museum, and anticipation is rapidly building for its opening.

You can expect a wide range of exhibits that span many different aspects of pop culture. The museum plans on appealing to people of all ages. This will likely be an excellent attraction for families or large groups, because the organizers are planning to offer something for everyone.

The museum also plans on hosting a wide range of community programming and events. Before visiting, be sure to check to see what’s on the schedule for the specific day of your visit. You’ll find plenty of educational programming, but the museum will also be a place to socialize and enjoy high-quality entertainment.

BIG Savings with Go Pass!
Air and Space Museum
Visit the Air and Space Museum
Launch into flight at the Air and Space Museum with your All-Inclusive Go Pass! You'll learn about the history of flight to the present day. The museum is full of interactive exhibits and aircraft to explore, plus a 4D cinema experience!
Buy Now
Local Tips
What attractions are included with a Go City pass?

Attractions that you can visit with a Go City San Diego pass include:

The San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium, SeaWorld, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Harbor Cruise, USS Midway Museum, the NAT Museum, Whaley House, PETCO Park Tour, iFLY San Diego and many, many more!

Want to save more? Use our exclusive discount code GVSD5OFF to save an extra 5%!

Exhibits and Attractions at Comic-Con Museum

The Comic-Con Museum has yet to release the exact exhibits they will be featuring when they open. However, they have detailed some of the types of exhibits they plan on featuring. Here are some of the exciting things you can expect to see at this museum.

Pop Culture Exhibits

Pop culture will serve as the centerpiece of this incredible museum. Since Comic-Con has been held annually since 1970, the organization has plenty of exciting pop culture history to pull from.

The organization initially focused on comics as well as other forms of science fiction and fantasy, so these will be ongoing themes throughout the museum, even as exhibits rotate in and out. You’ll also likely see exhibits about other popular forms of entertainment, including movies, TV shows, books, video games, and more.

Local Tips
Building Amenities
San Diego Convention Center offers a wide range of amenities to make your experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. As part of health protocols, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields, Café Express and retail bars are 100% cashless; all transactions must be completed using credit/debit cards.

Classic exhibits will likely be included as well as exhibits about popular new titles. For younger visitors, this will be a great way to explore some of the world’s most iconic characters and stories from eras past while still enjoying the latest comic and action heroes of today.

Technology Exhibits

There are many different kinds of technology working behind the scenes to bring our favorite movies and TV shows to life. At the Comic-Con Museum, you’ll find exhibits that celebrate these amazing forms of technology and take an inside look at how they work.

Local Art

This museum has indicated that they intend to be an important part of the San Diego community. One of the ways they will stay connected to this community is by featuring local artists.

They will be featuring art related to comics and entertainment. Exhibits will rotate regularly, so visitors will be able to come back multiple times and have different experiences with each trip to the museum.

Education

Another important component of this museum will be educational opportunities.

The museum plans on hosting a number of interactive and hands-on educational programs to teach about comics, entertainment, art, and more.

Some of the topics that they plan to focus on include virtual reality, robotics, performing arts and visual art. They also plan to focus on literacy by using comics and graphic novels as a teaching tool.

While many of these programs will be geared towards children, there will also be programs designed for adults. This includes programs to help up-and-coming artists connect with more experienced professionals in the entertainment industry.

Live Screenings

Live entertainment and events will be a regular part of the experience at the Comic-Con Museum!

One popular type of event that they plan on hosting is live screenings. This could include television, movies, music, and other forms of entertainment. These screenings will likely be popular titles as well as rare titles that you might not see elsewhere!

Comic-Con events are also known for their live panels and Q&A sessions with notable people in the entertainment industry. It’s likely that these will happen on a smaller scale in the museum as well.

Visitors will want to make sure they check the museum’s schedule to see what’s happening and what celebrity might be present during their trip.

Social Events

The Comic-Con organization is well known for hosting huge social events every year. This social aspect will be an important part of the new museum.

Each event will create community and bring people together, a hallmark of Comic Con. Whether you live in San Diego or are just enjoying a vacation, this is an excellent way to meet people with similar interests.

These events will include live music, games, classes, and much more. They plan to offer food and drinks as well.

Online Events

The Comic-Con conventions attract fans from all over the world. Many of these fans are highly engaged and use the internet to stay connected. The Comic-Con Museum plans to offer online events and activities to make the most of this engagement.

The museum plans on posting digital live streams of museum programming as well as offering exclusive online-only events. They have already hosted exciting online events this year that celebrate some of the world’s most beloved pop culture characters with more to come in the near future!

Educational Programs for Kids

Education is an important component of the Comic-Con Museum. The museum will be very appealing to families and offer lots of activities for kids.

While the full lineup of the educational programs and activities for kids has yet to be revealed, we know that there will be a focus on technology, art, and literacy, all through the lens of pop culture.

Educational programs will be interactive and hands-on, and will really immerse kids in some of the most fascinating parts of pop culture and entertainment.

The Comic-Con Museum is already offering free educational programming online, much of which is geared toward kids and teens. It’s likely that this will continue even after the museum opens for in person visitors.

The education center is slated to be one of the first things to open to the public in late 2021.

Featured Hotel
The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
Exterior view, The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
Historic
Historic
Luxury
Luxury
Near Bay
Near Bay
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
History & luxury mix at US Grant. Located in the Core-Columbia district on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, this distinctive hotel pampers every guest.
Prices Starting at $265
Check Availability

Parking

EV Charging
EV Charging
Lot Parking
Lot Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Neighborhood Parking

Know Before You Go and Tips

Here’s what to keep in mind before visiting the Comic-Con Museum in San Diego. This brand-new museum promises to be one of the most exciting new attractions in the San Diego area!

Getting to the Comic-Con Museum

Since the Comic-Con Museum is located in Balboa Park, it is very easy to get there from Downtown San Diego or other San Diego neighborhoods.

If you’re driving, there are parking lots in the park, although some of them do charge a fee. If you’d prefer not to drive, it’s easy to order a San Diego rideshare like Lyft or Uber, or even take one of San Diego’s public buses which will drop a short walk from the museum's entrance.

Visit Multiple Museums or Attractions in a Day

This museum is located very close to some of San Diego’s other top museums and attractions, like the Air and Space Museum and Museum of Us. Balboa Park alone is home to more than a dozen museums plus the world famous San Diego Zoo.

Consider getting an early start and visiting multiple museums or attractions in one day.

Save on Admission

Consider picking up a Go San Diego Pass before your trip!

The pass allows you to bundle many of San Diego’s top attractions, museums, tours, and equipment rentals to save money, including many located within walking distance from the Comic-Con Museum!

You can save even more when you use our exclusive discount code!

Dress in Costume

Dressing up as your favorite characters is always encouraged at the Comic-Con events, so feel free to dress up at the museum as well! This is a great way to celebrate and enjoy all of your favorite characters.

Phased Opening

Only parts of the museum will open in 2021, and the museum will continue to open in sections over the next few years. Keep in mind that some areas may be under construction if you visit shortly after the museum has opened.

Hours of Operation & Ticket Prices

The museum has not yet published information about hours of operation or ticket prices. Be sure to check back directly with them after they have opened for the latest information.

Looking to Save on Tickets?
Save on Tickets
Explore all that San Diego has to offer & save up to 55% on attractions
This Month's Forecast
66°F / 81°F
Sunny in July
Aug
68°F / 83°F
Sunny in August
Sep
66°F / 82°F
Sunny in September
Oct
61°F / 81°F
Sunny in October

Stay Nearby

Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown
Family Friendly
4 Star Rating4 Star Rating4 Star Rating4 Star Rating
Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown
from $162 / night
View Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp
Near Petco Park
3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp
from $147 / night
View Hotel
Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown
Bayfront
3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating
Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown
from $152 / night
View Hotel
Good Nite Inn San Diego Airport/SeaWorld
Budget Hotel
2 Star Rating2 Star Rating
Good Nite Inn San Diego Airport/SeaWorld
from $64 / night
View Hotel
Show more San Diego Hotels >>
Tours & Adventures
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Discounts Available
Learn More
Visit the San Diego Museum of Us
Visit the San Diego Museum of Us
Discounts Available
Learn More
Looking for Something Different?
More Balboa Park Museums