"Deadly Waters" at the Living Coast Discovery Center
This seasonal exhibit closes on Labor Day (Sept. 2), featuring deadly creatures from around the globe, including piranha, barracuda, alligator snapping turtles, poison dart frogs and over a dozen other "dangerously misunderstood creatures." While you're there, don't miss the center's other ongoing animal exhibits including sharks, rays, sea turtles, jellies, eels, reptiles, owls, hawks and shorebirds. www.thelivingcoast.org
Japanese Friendship Garden
The long-anticipated canyon expansion of this beautiful garden in the heart of Balboa Park is now complete, with a grand opening on Friday, Aug. 16. While at the garden, be sure o check out "Faces of a Japan," a new art exhibit featuring photography by Lev Tsimring capturing the beautiful, familiar and sometimes humorous moments of everyday life. www.niwa.org
San Diego History Center
For you history buffs, the museum is now offering a new tour – Balboa Park History Stroll – on Thursdays (through Sept. 26) at 11 a.m. Walk in the footsteps of Balboa Park's creators and get the inside scoop on San Diego's crowning jewel. Using historic photographs and archived materials, see what changes the Park has experienced since its development nearly 100 years ago. And if you haven't done so yet, now is the time to explore the center's "Bottled & Kegged: San Diego's Craft Brew Culture" exhibit as well as the fun (and tasty) monthly History Happy Hour events. www.sandiegohistory.org
Museum of Photographic Arts
From war-torn countries to championship sports, photojournalists use images to convey some of the most inspiring moments as well as some of the most heartbreaking. MOPA's "Pictures of the Year International" exhibition, which runs through Sept. 22, celebrates the power of these images and the people who create them. Also on exhibit now is "30x: Three Decades," showcasing one acquisition for each of MOPA's 30 years as a museum in Balboa Park (now through Oct. 13). www.mopa.org
San Diego Natural History Museum
Experience The Nat's newest exhibition, "Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age." Unravel the mysteries of these awe-inspiring land animals, roam their vanished world and marvel at the oldest tools used by human hunters. Also, enjoy the final weeks of "Dino Jaws," with fun, hands-on exhibits including spectacular, lifelike animatronics, through Sept. 12.
Locals and tourists alike know there is always something new to discover in San Diego all year round. Plus, visiting our local nonprofit museums is a great way to support local culture, arts and education in our hometown. We invite you to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to late on very latest news and events by our 40+ Council member museums. Stay tuned for our next big promotion – Kids Free in October!