The Big Exchange- Free Reciprocal Admission to 35 San Diego Museums

Written by Danielle Susalla Deery on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Read 1201 times
The Big Exchange- Free Reciprocal Admission to 35 San Diego Museums

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 Being a museum member is a wonderful way to explore the many cultural venues San Diego has to offer. Typically membership grants you free admission only to the museum you belong to, but this May museum members will receive a special perk. Thanks to the San Diego Museum Council’s annual Big Exchange Program you can use your membership to receive free reciprocal admission at 35 participating arts and culture destinations all month long. To receive free admission, members show their membership card at each participating museum’s visitor services desk.

Since my family is a member of a couple museums in town including the San Diego Museum of Art and The New Children’s Museum I am excited to visit a few museums that I don’t have a membership to, but I have wanted to explore. I plan on visiting the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, and the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT).  I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to explore some of San Diego’s amazing cultural organizations that connect you with art, music, history, nature, animals, surfing and more!

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 Ultimate Dinosaurs now on view at theNAT

Here is a list of all the participating organizations:

Barona Museum & Cultural Center
Birch Aquarium
Bonita Museum
California Surf Museum
Coronado Museum of History and Art
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
New Americas Museum
Oceanside Museum of Art
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
The New Children's Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carillo Ranch House Museum
The Water Conservation Garden
Whaley House Museum
Women's Museum of California
Please note: Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders are not included in this program. Each membership is reciprocal, per guest or membership status. For more information visit:

Danielle Susalla Deery

Danielle Susalla Deery is an Independent Curator, Adjunct Art History Professor, San Diego museum aficionado, mother and former Director of Exhibits and Communications at Oceanside Museum of Art.

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