After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon to the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get two admissions (up to a $12 value).
- For $29, you get a one-year family membership (a $60 value).
Traversing San Diego’s storied past, from the land’s ancestral Kumeyaay Native American tribe to modern day, the San Diego History Center stuffs minds with knowledge and inspires appreciation for local lore. Admission grants access to more than 45 million paper artifacts and 2.5 million images found in the library, fine arts collections, exhibitions, and displays of historic fast-food receipts. With a family membership, a pair of historians and two guests gain full access to the renowned research library, as well as to the center itself and the Junípero Serra Museum in Presido Park. A complimentary subscription to the quarterly Journal of San Diego History keeps members abreast of pictorial essays, in-depth explorations of regional culture, and hilarious membership-ID-photo outtakes. Members-only invitations to exhibition previews and events fill calendars with endless social opportunities.
Recent exhibitions include a memorabilia-laden display on loan from the personal collection of Comic-Con founder Shel Dorf, honoring the early years of Comic-Con history with bronzed comic-book covers and prehistoric cave paintings of the Fantastic Four. The Center’s permanent Object Collection plays host to more than 15,000 objects, including textiles, decorative arts, and objects of daily life.
1649 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101Get Directions