San Diego History Center

Admission included

The suggested admission to this museum is $5.00. Smart Destinations will be making a donation on behalf of all Go San Diego Card customers.

Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the San Diego History Center presents the colorful and diverse history of the region, interpreting San Diego's growth from the period prior to European settlement to the present. Its core exhibition, Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego, contains many interactive components and fascinating artifacts, including an 1866 Stagecoach, a 1921 Model T Ford and a 30' by 30' floor map of San Diego County.


Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.


Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Getting In

Present your pass at the admissions counter.


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1649 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
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Driving Directions

Take Highway 163 to Park Blvd. Turn left on Park, use parking lots near the Natural History Museum and Ruben H. Fleet Science Center.