San Diego History Center


Casa De Balboa, Balboa Park
1649 El Prado, Suite #3
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232- 6203

Museum Hours of Operation

San Diego History Center 
Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Please note the following closures:

  • Tuesday, February 23rd: museum will close at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25th: museum will close at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4th: museum will close at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19th: museum will close at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7th: museum will be closed all day

Research Library

Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
See information on visiting the Research Library and specific Upcoming Closures

Museum Admission

$10 Adults
$8 Seniors (65+), Students, Retired Military and Military Dependents (I.D. required)
$6 Youths ages 6-17
Free Children under 6
Free Active Duty Military (I.D. required)
San Diego History Center members receive unlimited free admission.

San Diego History Center is located in the heart of Balboa Park. Here you will not only find a collection of intriguing exhibitions that chronicle San Diego’s diverse history, but also our  Research Library. This is home to over 45 million pieces of paper and 2.5 million images that document the people, places and events of San Diego’s past.

In addition to the exhibitions at San Diego History Center, the museum also presents a number of public programs including lectures, workshops and educational programs.




Residents Free Tuesday

As a public service Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis. Our museum is free on the second Tuesday of the month for San Diego City & County residents, all active military and dependents; SDHC members, visitors with Balboa Park Passports, and Go San Diego / Go Los Angeles cards.

All guests must show one of the following forms of ID upon entering to prove residency: CA Driver's license, military ID, utility bill, San Diego Library Card or student ID.

See the full Residents Free Tuesday schedule here.