Museums and Public Art in San Diego County

Place Neighborhood

Adobe Chapel

3963 Conde Street, San Diego

Originally built in 1850 as a home, and converted to a church by Don José ...

Old Town
Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

2040 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is dusty, and on most days, quiet enough ...

Vista
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

1008 Wall Street, San Diego

This library is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. There ...

La Jolla
Bancroft Ranch House Museum

Bancroft Ranch House Museum

9050 Memory Lane, Spring Valley

The museum houses indigenous Indian artifacts and memorabilia of early settlers in the area, run ...

Spring Valley

Barona Cultural Center and Museum

1095 Barona Road, Lakeside

"Rock of Ages: Contemporary Music Traditions on the Barona Reservation" showcases "today’s native culture of ...

Lakeside

Berkeley Ferry Boat

1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. A California State ...

Downtown San Diego
Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

2300 Expedition Way, San Diego

Facility is a component of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. More than 60 ...

La Jolla

Bonita Museum and Cultural Center

4355 Bonita Road, Chula Vista

Museum features exhibits of local history and fine arts. Stories of Bonita’s 100-year history are ...

Bonita
California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum

340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido

Contemporary Constructions As a part of the our 20th anniversary, we welcome the return of ...

Escondido
California Surf Museum

California Surf Museum

312 Pier View Way, Oceanside

Current featured exhibits: "San Onofre: Birthplace of California Beach Culture" and "Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton." ...

Oceanside

Casa del Rey Moro African Museum

2471 Congress Street, San Diego
Old Town

Centro Cultural de la Raza

2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Balboa Park

Centro Cultural Tijuana

Paseo de los Héroes and Mina Street, Tijuana, BC

Phone: 011-52-664-687-9650.

Baja

Chula Vista Heritage Museum

360 Third Avenue, Chula Vista

The museum features glimpses of Chula Vista's past; exhibits feature lemon packing-crate labels, photographs of ...

Chula Vista

Coronado Museum of History and Art

1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado

"Kingston Trio: A World of Music" profiles the popular musical group of the 1950s and ...

Coronado
Creation Museum

Creation Museum

10946 Woodside Avenue North, Santee

A museum contrasting the evolution and creation worldviews.

Santee
Desert View Tower

Desert View Tower

In-Ko-Pah Road, Jacumba, CA

Desert View Tower in Jacumba resembles something you would see on a dusty 1920s postcard. ...

Jacumba
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Building

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Building

328 J Street, San Diego

The extension is the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum's showcase for rotating exhibitions. Its bay ...

Downtown San Diego

Edgemoor Barn

9200 North Magnolia Avenue, Santee
Santee

Encinitas Historical Society Old Schoolhouse

390 West F Street, Encinitas
Encinitas

Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Museum

123 West Alvarado Street, Fallbrook

The Empress Dowager of China, Tz'u-hsi, glowered at her courtiers. "Go to Fallbrook!" she commanded. ...

Fallbrook

Flying Leatherneck Museum

Miramar Road (Marine Corps Air Station), San Diego

Museum is dedicated to Marines who provided air support, from propeller-driven fighters and bombers of ...

Miramar
Frank Kimball Museum

Frank Kimball Museum

932 A Avenue, National City

Home of Frank Kimball, the founder of National City. Features historical objects, including a stereopticon ...

National City
Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House

Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House

410 Island Avenue, San Diego

Museum is said to be the oldest surviving structure in the New Town area of ...

Downtown San Diego

Gemological Institute of America Museum

5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad

Permanent exhibits include displays depicting science and art of gemstones and history, lore, and cultural ...

Carlsbad
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad
Carlsbad

Hall of Nations

Presidents Way at Pan American Road, San Diego
Balboa Park

Heritage Museum

14134 Midland Road, Poway

An interpretive wall, replicas of the early post office and general store, and a schoolroom ...

Poway

Heritage of the Americas Museum

12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, Rancho San Diego

Museum features art and artifacts from South and North America, concentrating on the utilitarian and ...

Rancho San Diego

Heritage Walk Museum

321 North Broadway, Escondido

The museum includes the restored Victorian house, the city's original Santa Fe Train Depot, a ...

Escondido

House of Pacific Relations

2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Balboa Park
J.A. Cooley Museum

J.A. Cooley Museum

4233 Park Boulevard, San Diego

An eclectic collection of items — including displays on phonographs, pianos, cars, clocks, cameras, and ...

University Heights
Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden

Pan American Road, San Diego

Reunifying Hideyoshi: A Photographic Essay “Reunifying Hideyoshi: A Photographic Essay,” Felix Bonomo, narrative photographer. This ...

Balboa Park

John DeWitt Historic Museum and Library

2116 Tavern Road, Alpine

Museum and library, operated by the Alpine Historical Society, is located in 1897 home/office of ...

Alpine

Julian Pioneer Cemetery

Farmer Road/A Street, Julian, CA

Visit the “Haven of Rest,” final resting place of many of Julian’s early residents. Gravesites ...

Julian

Julian Pioneer Museum

2811 Washington Street, Julian, CA
Julian
Junípero Serra Museum

Junípero Serra Museum

2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego
Old Town
Knox House Museum

Knox House Museum

280 North Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon

See how Amaziah Knox established a hotel serving drovers, miners, teamsters on their way through ...

El Cajon
La Mesa Depot Museum

La Mesa Depot Museum

4695 Nebo Drive, La Mesa

Located in a restored 1894 wooden train station, exhibits include original telegraph and telephone equipment, ...

La Mesa

La Mesa Historical Society

8369 University Avenue, La Mesa
La Mesa
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad

Park's old adobe buildings were once vacation retreat and working rancho of actor Leo Carrillo. ...

Carlsbad
Living Coast Discovery Center

Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista

Interactive living museum devoted to endangered Southern California coastal wetlands, located in Sweetwater Marsh National ...

Chula Vista

Magee House Museum

258 Beech Street, Carlsbad

Built in 1887 and surrounded by rose gardens, site includes "one of the last barns ...

Carlsbad
Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla

7825 Fay Avenue, courtyard level, Suite LLA, San Diego

Museum is also open 11am-4pm on first and third Saturday of each month and by ...

La Jolla

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum

Witherby Street and Hancock Street, 1, San Diego

Housed in a historic building, the museum features five permanent galleries with artifacts, uniforms, vehicles, ...

Downtown San Diego
Marston House Museum

Marston House Museum

3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego
Hillcrest
Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum

1439 El Prado, San Diego
Balboa Park

Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad

A collection of fine work in metal and woodworking at small end of the size ...

Carlsbad

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside

Named after the 13th-century French king Louis IX, the mission was home to 3000 Payomkawichum ...

Oceanside
Motor Transport Museum

Motor Transport Museum

31949 Highway 94, Campo

Vintage Packards stand aside obsolete quarry equipment and olive presses at this open-air museum located ...

Campo
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown

1100 and 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego

Art museum with a focus on works of art from 1950 to the present. Second ...

Downtown San Diego
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla

700 Prospect Street, San Diego

Art museum with a focus on works of art from 1950 to the present. General ...

La Jolla
Museum of Making Music

Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad

Before you can make music, you have to make the things that make music. Sure, ...

Carlsbad
Museum of Photographic Arts

Museum of Photographic Arts

1649 El Prado, San Diego
Balboa Park
National City Depot

National City Depot

922 West 23rd Street, National City

San Diego Electric Railway Association operates museum in this historic Santa Fe depot with exhibits, ...

National City
New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum

200 W. Island Avenue, San Diego

"Trash" features work by 12 artists from around globe, focusing on "the kid-friendly and timely ...

East Village

NTC at Liberty Station, Barracks 3

2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego
Liberty Station
Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art

704 Pier View Way, Oceanside

The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is a premier regional art museum in Southern California ...

Oceanside

Olaf Wieghorst Museum

131 Rea Avenue, 2, El Cajon

Displays paintings and prints by Olaf Wieghorst and features exhibits of other artists' American West ...

El Cajon
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

State Highway 94 and Forrest Gate Road, Campo

Explore history, heritage of railroads in setting with museum tours, old-time train rides, more than ...

Campo

Palomar Observatory

35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, CA

You won’t be able to peer through their five giant telescopes, but visit Palomar Observatory ...

Palomar Mountain
Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove

Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove

3185 Olive Street, Lemon Grove

The late Victorian building features two floors of colorful exhibits related to Lemon Grove's heritage, ...

Lemon Grove

Pioneers Museum

373 East Aten Road, Imperial, CA
Imperial Valley

Ramona Pioneer Historical Society and Guy B. Woodward Museum

645 Main Street, Ramona

Complex of historical buildings includes the Verlaque House (the only Western adobe home of French ...

Ramona
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado, San Diego

Museum features more than 100 hands-on science exhibitions. Films shown daily in IMAX Dome theater.

Balboa Park
Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

601 East Beal Road, Niland, Ca

East of the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain rises from the desert floor. It’s a huge ...

Imperial Valley
San Diego Air and Space Museum

San Diego Air and Space Museum

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Museum offers exhibits of over 65 aircraft, including an RQ-1K Predator UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) ...

Balboa Park

San Diego Archaeological Center

16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido

Museum is dedicated to curating and sharing archaeological collections with public for educational, scientific, cultural ...

Escondido

San Diego Automotive Museum

2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

More than 80 automobiles and motorcycles from horseless carriages to future prototypes are included in ...

Balboa Park

San Diego Center for the Arts

2141 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
University Heights

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

320 North Broadway, Escondido
Escondido
San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum

404 Third Avenue, San Diego

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization. The museum was founded in ...

Downtown San Diego

San Diego County Sheriff's Museum

2384 San Diego Avenue, San Diego

The 150-year history of the sheriff's department is highlighted at museum, located "just feet away" ...

Old Town

San Diego Firehouse Museum

1572 Columbia Street, San Diego

Founded in 1962, the Firehouse Museum occupies the former home of San Diego Fire Station ...

Little Italy

San Diego Hall of Champions

2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Museum is dedicated to promoting, recognizing, and preserving athletic achievement.

Balboa Park
San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center

1649 El Prado, San Diego

Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss The popular traveling Dr. Seuss exhibition will include signature ...

Balboa Park
San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego

"Jack London Photographer," continuing through Monday, December 3, features more than 50 images by the ...

Downtown San Diego

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego

Enjoy playful learning in "Lego Brick City" exhibit zone filled with interactive, creative, educational activities ...

Balboa Park
San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego

Pacific Horizons Melanesian Art from the Valerie Franklin Collection. Ongoing exhibition explores the artistic achievements ...

Balboa Park
San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado, San Diego

Permanent exhibits explore the Maya, ancient Egypt, the Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County, human ...

Balboa Park
San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, San Diego

Best of Nature Photography Show The 2014 Best of Nature Photography Show will be on ...

Balboa Park

San Diego Police Museum

4710 College Avenue, San Diego
College Area

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas

The museum offers informative displays on the North County coastal history including Native Americans, early ...

Encinitas
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

2710 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea

Facility features an array of interactive exhibits exploring the natural and cultural history of the ...

Cardiff-by-the-Sea

San Marcos Historical Society Museum

270 West San Marcos Boulevard, 1, San Marcos
San Marcos

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido

Commemorates the clash (on December 6, 1846) during the Mexican War between the U.S. Dragoons, ...

Escondido
San Salvador Village at Spanish landing

San Salvador Village at Spanish landing

4216 North Harbor Drive, San Diego

Due to open in October 2014 is the re-created galleon San Salvador, in which Cabrillo ...

Point Loma

Sikes Adobe Farmhouse

12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido
Escondido

SouthFair Artists Space Gallery

2010 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Del Mar

The Stein Family Farm

1808 F Avenue, National City

Do you long for a simpler time? A time when people were more connected to ...

National City

Tecate Community Museum

Calle Tlaloc No. 400, Colonia Cuauhtemoc CP, Tecate, BC
Baja
Timken Museum of Art

Timken Museum of Art

1500 El Prado, San Diego

Raphael, The Madonna of the Pinks For centuries the prolific painter Raphael has dominated the ...

Balboa Park
USD: University of San Diego

USD: University of San Diego

5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego

"Character and Crisis: Printmaking in America, 1920-1950" explores the themes and strategies that American artists ...

USD
USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego

Permanent exhibits include 25 restored aircraft. Self-guided audio tour narrated by former Midway sailors. Presidio ...

Downtown San Diego

Valley Center History Museum

29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center

The museum features an educational exhibition centered around a California grizzly bear, described as "the ...

Valley Center

Veterans' Museum and Memorial Center

2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego

Memorial to men and women who served in U.S. Armed Forces, Coast Guard, and Wartime ...

Balboa Park
Vista Historical Society

Vista Historical Society

2317 Foothill Drive, Vista
Vista

Wells Fargo History Museum

2733 San Diego Avenue, San Diego

Museum features a working agents' office staffed by guides in period costumes and contains a ...

Old Town

Whaley House Museum

2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego
Old Town
Women's Museum of California

The Women's Museum of California

2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, #103, San Diego

Gifts of Our Sisters: Lost and Found What have we learned from the lives of ...

Liberty Station

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