About Us


The San Diego History Center tells the diverse story of our region – past, present and future – educates and enriches our community, preserves our history, and fosters civic pride.


In 2028, its centennial year, the San Diego History Center will be a widely recognized and esteemed civic institution and an essential part of the cultural lifeblood of our community. Serving 200,000 visitors and 10,000 members annually, we will foster an informed citizenry with a greater understanding of our shared heritage through our educational and public programs, exhibitions, and collections. By providing opportunities for people to connect and gain a better understanding of the diverse cultures that comprise our bi-national region, we will engender pride of place and raise community consciousness for the benefit of future generations.

Our dynamic exhibitions and updated facilities at both the San Diego History Center and the Serra Museum will become must-see visitor destinations. We will use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that our greatly expanded collections are widely accessible. We will have an ample operating budget and a substantial endowment, enabling the History Center to be fully sustainable. We will continue to be the primary resource for San Diego history, a vibrant hub of community activity and an essential educational center for lifetime learning for all ages and all members of the community.


Our organization is a member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science and culture institutions in Balboa Park. By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone. Benefits of our Partnership include:

  • Collective cost savings of $800,000 annually;
  • Improved organizational performance and creation of new resources (knowledge, innovation, and networks);
  • New financial resources: since 2008 the Partnership has brought $4.2 million in new revenue to Balboa Park;
  • Improved public accessibility and safety through capital improvements and ADA upgrades;
  • Reduction of Balboa Park’s carbon footprint by 5.4 million kWhs and 91,000 therms annually, the equivalent of 110 homes; and
  • Professional development for more than four thousand staff and volunteers to improve professional practice and visitor experience.

To learn more about the many ways our collaboration makes the Park a better place to visit, learn, and have fun, please visit the Partnership's website at www.bpcp.org.