San Diego Museum Month Tips

Written by Danielle Susalla Deery on Saturday, January 19, 2013 - Read 2341 times

First, we recommend visiting your nearest Macy's early February to pick-up your Museum Month Pass so you can take advantage of half-off museum admission throughout the county all month long. Passes will only be available while supplies last. You will need to bring this pass with you to each museum to take advantage of the savings.

Next, map out your month of museum-hopping. If you can only visit museums on the weekends, then plan out some day trips. We recommend a day or two in Balboa Park. There are 13 participating museums in Balboa Park and definitely something for everyone. For the history buff there is the San Diego History Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, The Marston House Museum and Gardens and the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center. For the art lover there is Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art. For the car and plane aficionado there is the San Diego Automotive Museum and San Diego Air and Space Museum. For the garden lover the Japanese Friendship Garden and for kids the San Diego Model Railroad Museum and the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. There are a couple nice eats in the Park including the Sculpture Court Café at the San Diego Museum of Art and the Prado Restaurant located across from the Mingei International Museum. Or, you can always bring a picnic since there are plenty of scenic spots to lay your blanket and take a nap.

North County San Diego is also a great destination for an artful and relaxing afternoon in February. We recommend the Oceanside Museum of Art that will be opening an exciting exhibition of James Hubbell's sculptures inspired by nature. Then you can have lunch at one of the many fabulous restaurants at the Oceanside Pier or Harbor including 333 Pacific or Harney Sushi. After lunch, head south to Lux Art Institute where you may have the opportunity to see an artist working live at the museum in their artist-in-residence program. Also located in Encinitas is the San Diego Botanic Garden, where you can end your day taking a leisurely nature walk through this urban oasis with 4 miles of trails on 37 acres.

Liberty Station at the former Naval Training Center (NTC) in Point Loma is another abundant museum destination where you can explore the Visions Art Museum that features a vibrant display of art quilts and fiber art, and the Women's Museum of California. Liberty Station also has some delicious eats and other art galleries to peruse. Visit for more restaurant information.

Finally, share your Museum Month experience on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and sign up for the Museum Council e-newsletter. The Museum Council, and each respective museum you visit, wants to hear how you enjoyed your museum adventures. Do you have any favorite exhibits or works of art, or any recommendations for other museum patrons? Thank you for visiting some of the cultural wonders of San Diego this February, we hope you have a fun and educational Museum Month!

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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