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San Diego History Center

1649 El Prado Ste 3, San Diego, CA 92101-1664
+1 619-232-6203
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Small yet informative

They got one room which tells the history of the county, the rest were kind of random. There is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Narek D
via mobile
Some exceptional holdings

I think museum type venue with a regional/local focus are among the most interesting in the United... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John T
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Cebu City, Philippines
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San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.
  • Excellent23%
  • Very good42%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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1649 El Prado Ste 3, San Diego, CA 92101-1664
Balboa Park
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"small museum"
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"jewish community"
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"japanese internment"
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"exhibits rotate"
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"permanent collection"
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"current exhibit"
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"balboa park"
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"during wwii"
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"exposition"
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"timeline"
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"century"
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"film"
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"contribution"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They got one room which tells the history of the county, the rest were kind of random. There is a 30 minute video which was quite nice as well. Free attendance, at least on Sunday when I went.

Thank Narek D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think museum type venue with a regional/local focus are among the most interesting in the United States. You learn about the local environment you;re spending time in, you see arts and crafts that comparable on a national scale while retaining perhaps a local identity,...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

The information was beautifully displayed in a very interesting way and I am sure would be of particular interest to various groups and especially to schools. When we were there we saw a fascinating film on the growth of the park.

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Reviewed 6 August 2017

This small museum hosts several temporary exhibits that, for the most part, focus on very specific aspects of San Diego history. When we there, there was an extensive exhibit on the city's Jewish community, another much smaller one on the Japanese San Diego experience or...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

I particularly enjoyed the 2017 exhibit on the History of San Diego's Jewish Community. It is a very engaging and innovative exhibit with interesting timeline, family photos and an interesting take on what helped establish the Jewish Community in San Diego.

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Reviewed 27 January 2017

This free museum in Balboa Park has little on the city's history other than the park and zoo. It is set up poorly with information on walls that are so far away and poorly lighted that they cannot be read. A city with this kind...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2016

As with any museum or such place, the exhibits rotate. I had been to this History Center about three years ago, and it was completely different than what saw on my trip today. Major point of the current exhibitions include a celebration of the 100...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

This museum is well worth visiting, especially if architecture and history interest you.The history of San Diego and Gill's contributions, especially the Dodge House, were inthralling. Do not miss this exhibit. Also , if you have children, the zoo portion is geared to them and...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Let check the list online about free entrance for selected museums at Balboa park every tuesday. This history center tells how San Diego coming as a landmark on Map, it past important event taking place here at Panama expo on early 19 cenury domething. There...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2016

I learned all I need to know about the history of the zoo and a little about San Diego's leading architect. Beyond that -- not much. I was disappointed that I had missed the Japanese camps during WWII exhibit. I'm very familiar with Executive Order...More

Thank Toothsc
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