Tours & Guided Walks

For Adults

The History Center offers many opportunities for adults to experience the History  Center, the Serra Museum and Balboa Park. Customized tours are also available. For more information: admissions@sandiegohistory.org or 619-232-6203 x100.


Enhance your museum experience through a guided docent tour, available at both the History Center and the Serra Museum. SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER in Balboa Park: One-hour Gallery Highlights tour, highlighting major components of our current exhibitions. For current exhibitions: Current Exhibitions Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park: One-hour tour highlights the four different cultures that have occupied Presidio Hill: 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 museum galleries. NOTE: This tour travels over varied terrain and is outdoors for at least 30 minutes. Appropriate footwear is recommended. Please note: The Serra Museum is not ADA-accessible.


2015 marked the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that created Balboa Park. Trained History Center guides use historic photographs and documentation from the History Center’s own collections to bring you back in time. This easy-paced stroll through the Park reveals intriguing aspects of its past and its vibrant present as the nation’s largest urban cultural park.


Guided adult group tours: $4/person/minimum 10/advance reservation required

Self-guided adult group tours: A donation of your choice as part of “Give Forward” admission/advance reservation is recommended

Balboa Park Strolls: $6/person/advance reservation required

Group SizeA minimum of 10 people is required to schedule a group tour and there is a maximum limit of 20 people per docent (multiple docents dependent on availability).

To make a reservation:  Adult Program Reservation Request
Tours are typically reserved and scheduled: 10-11 am, 11:30am-12:30 pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm
Guided tours are not available on Residents Free Tuesday (2nd Tuesday of each month).
Cancellations or changes: At least two days prior to the scheduled visit.

For more information: 619-232-6203, x 100 or admission@sandiegohistory.org