ART EXHIBITIONS: Oceanside Museum of Art, Lux Art Institute, and San Diego History Center
Oceanside Museum of Art features an evocative block of five exhibitions that focus on figurative and portraiture themes. I am looking forward to seeing Neil Shigley: Invisible People, NAKED: 20th Century Nudes from the Dijkstra Collection, and California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California. Considering the vital role figuration has played in the history of art, I am eager to see how a variety of contemporary artists are working with this timeless subject matter.
Lux Art Institute in Encinitas has the thought-provoking abstract landscapes of Julian Kriemer on view through March 21. He is their resident artist through February 21 which means that he will be working on his paintings in the studio at Lux. I am excited to meet him and seeing him in action.
San Diego History Center in Balboa Park has a fantastic Dr. Seuss exhibit on view that I highly recommend. Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss features original artwork and multiple interactive play areas for kids. My 9 month old daughter loved being able to touch all the sculptures, we may just have to see this show twice ;)
KID-CENTRIC MUSEUMS: San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, The New Children's Museum, The San Diego Air and Space Museum and San Diego Natural History Museum
Water Wise at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido opens its new permanent exhibit, Water Wise, in February. Through Water Wise, children will enjoy fun hands-on experiences with an interactive water table as they learn about the science of natural watersheds, gardening, aquaculture, environmental issues and much more. Make sure to bring a change of clothes in case your kids get wet!
The New Children's Museum located downtown San Diego still has their Feast exhibition on view. If you haven't seen this creative exhibit then definitely make the trip this February. Kids love all the hands-on experiences including Wobbleland where toddlers can play with food sculptures and Food Truckin' where kids can customize their own food delivery vehicle.
2theXtreme – MathAlive! at The San Diego Air and Space Museum
The San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park presents 2theXtreme – MathAlive! an exhibit that will spark imagination and bring to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more. This sounds like a perfect exhibition to get teenagers interested in math.
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) in Balboa Park just opened its new permanent exhibition Coast to Cactus in Southern California. I am eager to see how it teaches the public about our environment through engaging educational installations. They will also have a new photography exhibition, Birds of the World that I think my daughter will enjoy since she loves watching birds on the beach. And, they have the blockbuster exhibition King Tut on display (but keep in mind this is not part of Museum Month as it is a special traveling exhibition.)
ANIMAL AND MARINE LIFE EXHIBITIONS: Living Coast Discovery Center and Birch Aquarium
Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista is a unique outdoor museum akin to a mini zoo/aquarium. I love how they rescue many of the animals on site and give them a better quality of life. Their new exhibit Wild About Love spotlights all the interesting ways that animals find love in the wild: courtship, mating rituals, and dangerous liaisons!
Loggerhead sea turtle at Birch Aquarium
Birch Aquarium in La Jolla is always a fun outing with my little girl. With so many interactive exhibits, a new loggerhead sea turtle and tanks full of beautiful fish, they don't need to have a special exhibit on view to make me want to visit at half price ;)
How to Pick Up Your Museum Month Pass at Macy's
Don't forget to stop by your local Macy's ASAP starting February 1 to pick up a Museum Month Pass. You will need to bring this with you to all the museums you wish to visit. The Museum Month pass will get up to four people half-off regular admission at all participating museums. Please note that the special exhibitions, such as King Tut, are not included in the half price promotion. For more information about all 45 participating museums visit http://www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month.