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  • Junípero Serra Museum

    The Junípero Serra Museum, owned by The San Diego History Center and located in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol Read More
  • The New Children's Museum

    The New Children's Museum empowers children to think, play and create with participatory exhibitions, hands-on studio opportunities, and in-depth classroom experiences. Read More
  • USS Midway Museum

    Naval aviation museum featuring self-guided audio tours, exhibits, and restored aircraft aboard the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Read More
  • Veterans Museum & Memorial Center

    Located in the historic Old Naval Hospital Chapel, the museum preserves and honors the memories of men and women of the Armed Forces, Coast Guard, and Wartime Merchant Marine. Read More
  • Oceanside Museum of Art

    Oceanside Museum of Art presents five provocative exhibitions each year focusing on regional and international contemporary art showcased in a classic Irving Gill designed building. Read More
  • Mingei International Museum

    Dynamic, changing exhibitions feature timeless art of the people from all cultures of the world-historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design. Read More
  • Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO)

    Through education, advocacy, and stewardship SOHO's mission is to preserve, promote and support preservation of the architectural, cultural and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth Read More
  • San Diego Automotive Museum

    Rotating exhibitions plus a regular collection that includes a 1948 Tucker and Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000, as well as a large collection of motorcycles and memorabilia. Read More
  • Women's Museum of California

    The country's only women's history museum which offers a physical space for educational programs, films, community events, presentations, research archives, library, and recorded oral histories, Speaker's Bureau and the home Read More
  • Living Coast Discovery Center

    The Living Coast Discovery Center is an intimate zoo and aquarium featuring the unique animals native to the Southern California coastline. Read More
  • San Diego Archaeological Center

    Discover 10,000 years of history with exhibits showcasing archaeological artifacts from the San Diego region. Children can enjoy hands-on research stations and crafts activities. Read More
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, California's official air and space museum.  The Museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and Read More
  • Visions Art Museum

    Contemporary art quilts and textiles are vibrantly displayed at this unique museum located at Liberty Station in San Diego. Read More
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

    Located in downtown San Diego in the original Chinese Mission built in 1927, this museum showcases the heritage of San Diego's Chinese community and the essence of Chinese arts and culture. Read More
  • Marston House Museum & Gardens

    The Marston House Museum is one of San Diego's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement and was constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Read More
  • Cabrillo National Monument

    San Diego's National Park commemorates Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo's 1542-1543 West Coast exploration, Point Loma's 19th c. lighthouses and San Diego's WWII coast defenses, and protects sensitive tide pools and coastal Read More
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

    The only official Marine Corps Aviation Museum in the U.S., including over 40 aircraft and other military equipment and vehicles, History of Women Marines exhibit, and a Museum Store. Read More
  • The Water Conservation Garden

    Explore 4.5 acres of beautiful garden exhibits demonstrating water-wise landscaping. There is always something in bloom at the Garden! Read More
  • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

    The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) is housed in the historic district's oldest standing structure, the Davis-Horton House (1850). As the steward of the Gaslamp Quarter's architecture, culture and history, Read More
  • Timken Museum of Art

    One of the nation's finest small museums, the Timken houses an outstanding collection of European Old Master paintings, American paintings, and Russian icons. Read More
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum

    A cultural and educational facility located on the campus of Cuyamaca College featuring the prehistoric and historical art, culture, and natural history of the Americas. Read More
  • Coronado Historical Association & Museum

    Four galleries explore Coronado's early history, Navy and Army's role in Coronado, Hotel del Coronado and Tent City. Special exhibit gallery changes quarterly. Read More
  • La Jolla Historical Society

    The La Jolla Historical Society inspires and empowers the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life. Read More
  • Warner-Carillo Ranch House

    With its multilayered history, the adobe ranch house tells the story of the immigrant trail, the overland stage, and the prominent ranching history of the area. Read More
  • Museum of Making Music

    Discover a century of innovations that shaped American popular music, the Museum of Making Music features vintage instruments, musical examples and an interactive area with hands-on instruments. Read More
  • Museum of Photographic Arts

    One of the few museums in the country dedicated exclusively to the photographic arts and film, presenting works of some of the world's most celebrated photographers and cinematographers. Read More
  • Tijuana River National Estuarine

    The 2,500 acre estuary—where the river meets the sea—has miles of easy trails for wildlife viewing and an award-winning Visitor Center. Read More
  • Fleet Science Center

    The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Explore interactive exhibits and an Diego's only IMAX® Dome Read More
  • Barona Cultural Center & Museum

    Dedicated to preserving the Native American history of San Diego County, Barona Cultural Center & Museum holds a collection of more than 3,000 artifacts as well as photograph and archival collections. Read More
  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido

    With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of Read More
  • Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

    The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center is dedicated to preserve, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, art, crafts, and aesthetic facets of the region, specifically El Rancho de Read More
  • San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

    Experience a world of wonders with hands-on activities for the entire family. Set sail on our Explore Discovery sailboat, experiment at our Magnification Station, and discover nature in our Children's Read More
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    Enter the world of sharks, living coral reefs, seahorses, and more and explore interactive exhibitions showcasing the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Institution of Oceanography! Read More
  • Whaley House Museum

    Built by San Diego pioneer Thomas Whaley, this 1857 Greek Revival building served as the Whaley family home, San Diego's first commercial theater, an early County Courthouse, and a general Read More
  • The San Diego Museum of Art

    The county's oldest and largest art museum houses outstanding collections of Asian, European, American, and contemporary art and features major traveling exhibitions. Read More
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

    MCASD is a renowned art museum with two locations—in downtown San Diego and in La Jolla. The Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets the art of our time and offers a Read More
  • Adobe Chapel Museum

    The model for Ramona’s Marriage Place in Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel, the Adobe Chapel was originally built in 1850. This historic site is also used as a venue for weddings, Read More
  • Lux Art Institute

    See art differently. See art happen. Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience to make art more accessible and personally meaningful. At Lux, you don't just see finished works Read More
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    Largest permanent operating model railroad and toy train museum in North America. Also featured is an interactive toy train gallery and a railroad theme gift shop. Read More
  • Santa Ysabel Store and The Feed Store - Antiques & Such

    A 19th century-style mercantile geared toward 21st century consumers, as well as an antiques and architectural salvage store in what was originally the feed store section, it is now The Read More
  • California Surf Museum

    The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving, and chronicling its art, culture, and heritage for the Read More
  • San Diego Botanic Garden

    A diverse 37 acre retreat, featuring rare bamboo, a tropical rain forest, California native plants, and the West Coast's nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children's Garden. Read More
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

    One of the world's finest collections of historic ships including the Star of India, bay discovery excursions aboard Pilot and adventure sails aboard the Californian. Read More
  • The San Diego History Center

    The San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and Read More
  • San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)

    The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), located in beautiful Balboa Park, features fascinating exhibitions (both permanent and traveling) along with a full list of family programs and giant-screen films Read More
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown

    MCASD is a renowned art museum with two locations—in downtown San Diego and in La Jolla. The Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets the art of our time and offers a Read More
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Society

    Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the garden, which features a zen rock garden, koi pond, traditional Japanese art, and garden features. Read More
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Our Mission

The mission of the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) is to increase awareness, connect, provide services, and advocate for the diverse museums within its membership. With more than 40 members, the Council strives to be a sustainable, prominent, and influential organization that represents San Diego County's museum community.

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