Guided Walks & Tours for Adult Groups

Adult Group Tours: 

Interested in a guided tour of the San Diego History Center?

Please save and fill out this form. Email the form to or print it out and fax it to (619) 232-6297. 

Please note: The form is a request for a tour only, not a confirmation of date and time. A museum staff member will contact you directly to discuss your tour request.


Tour Information:

Group Size:  A minimum of 10 people are required to schedule a group tour. There is a maximum of 30 people for tours through San Diego History Center and Junípero Serra Museum galleries, and a maximum of 25 people for the Walking Tours.

(Note about walking tours: groups of 10 or less people are welcome to join an existing public walking tour; check out our Calendar of Events for upcoming public tour dates.)  

Group Pricing:  A rate of $8 per person will be charged for all guided gallery tours. A rate of $10 per person will be charged for all guided walking tours through Balboa Park.  Every guided tour group is required to pay a non-refundable reservation fee of $10.

Cancellations and changes:  Cancellations or changes made to reservations should be done at least 2 days prior to the scheduled museum visit.  Call the Education Department to make cancellations or changes at 619-232-6203, ext. 128 or email

Payment:  Payment of the $10 reservation fee is required to confirm a booking. The balance can be paid upon arrival on the day of your tour or in advance.  Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Checks should be made out to San Diego History Center.

Residents Free Tuesday: Guided tours are not available on Residents Free Tuesday (2nd Tuesday of each month).

Tour times: Each tour will last one hour. There are four tour times per day: 10:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, and 3:00pm-4:00pm. 


Available Gallery Tours:

SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER in Balboa Park: At our primary location we offer a one hour Gallery Highlights tour. This guided tour will highlight major components of each of our exciting exhibitions on display. Current exhibition information can be viewed here.

JUNÍPERO SERRA MUSEUM in Presidio Park: This one hour tour highlights the four different cultures that have occupied Presidio Hill from the Kumeyaay, Spanish, Mexican and early American periods.  The tour includes a walk through the former site of the Spanish fort built in 1769 and the gallery spaces inside the Junípero Serra Museum.

(Please note: This tour travels over varied terrain and is outdoors for at least 30 minutes. Comfortable, well supported walking shoes are recommended.)


Available Walking Tours:

(All walking tours are one hour long and occur outside in Balboa Park. Appropriate footwear and water are recommended)

Balboa Park History Stroll 

2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park! It's been here for 100 years, but have you ever thought about how it was created? Trivia abounds as you explore the Park on this easy paced walking tour.  Trained museum guides use historic photographs and documentation from the History Center's vast record to help put you back in time, so that you can see today what they saw 100 years ago! 

From Alcalá to Zoro:  Balboa Park Architectural Walk & Talk  

One of the most endearing legacies of the 1915 Exposition is the Spanish Colonial Architectural style that chief architect, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue chose for the buildings.  Modeled after some of the most prized cathedrals, town halls and expansive gardens in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and North Africa, Goodhue, and his 1935 counterpart, Richard Requa, attempted to create a mythological Spanish city that emulated the classical design of Chicago's Great White City, but identified itself as something altogether different.

Progress of Man:  The 1935 California - Pacific Exposition Walk & Talk

This walking tour reveals how a Depression-era San Diego pulled itself up out of the doldrums to create a spectacular world showcase that celebrated Progress of Man. Explore the architectural achievements of architect, Richard Requa as we leisurely stroll around the Pan-America Plaza, uncovering the inspiration for his buildings and the themes of this very unique exposition.