Museums in San Diego


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  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
    Among its two facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego houses an array of works made since 1950. Head here and you can explore everything from Pop Art and minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s to conceptual pieces from the last half-century, headlined by contemporary-art luminaries such as Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Major figures aside, the MCASD strives to spotlight mid-career artists still looking for their big break, as well as pieces by Latin American artists and emergent talent. Between the museum's collection and rotating exhibitions, there are galleries that accommodate paintings, photographs, films, and multimedia installations. Outside both locations, there are more site-specific installations and sculptures by artists such as Richard Serra and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, whose father created the Caps Lock on the day his son was born. There’s more to the place than its exhibitions: the museum engages visitors with events and programs such as art-making sessions and artist lectures. Held three evenings a year, the Thursday Night Thing series includes talks, hands-on activities, live music, and cocktails, all based on the latest museum exhibitions.
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    1100 Kettner Blvd.
    San Diego, CA US
  • Women’s Museum of California
    With ever-changing exhibits that explore the story of women in America, the Women's Museum of California hopes to inspire future generations about the women who came before them. Only one of five such museums in the United States, the museum's staff diligently curates its collection to preserve evidence of these women's experiences. History: Mary Maschal, a lecturer on women's history, was an avid collector of related historical memorabilia?so avid, in fact, that her friends urged her to share this collection with the public. The original collection was displayed in her home, but moved to its current space in 1997, where it soon evolved into a legitimate women's history museum. Permanent Mainstay: Every year, the museum hosts the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and honors all winners in a permanent exhibit. Past Exhibits: Beautiful, Brilliant, and Brave: A Celebration of Black Women highlighted the contributions of local African-American women to their communities. Pro Tip: Visitors who want to delve deeper into women's history can make an appointment to peruse the museum's archives, which include the collection of Nancy Reeves, an influential feminist author and lecturer and San Diego Women's Hall of Fame inductee. Special Programs: The museum hosts regular speaking events, workshops, and film screenings related to women's history.
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    2730 Historic Decatur Road
    San Diego, CA US
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum (USS Midway)
    What makes it great: longest-serving aircraft carrier in US history—more than 225,000 Navy sailors have called it home; 60 exhibits including opportunities to interact with the equipment; 29 restored aircraft; self-guided audio tour narrated by former Midway sailors
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    910 N Harbor Dr.
    San Diego, CA US
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
    No single building contains the Maritime Museum of San Diego; rather, its hands-on historians specialize in restoring, maintaining, and operating vessels of historical significance. The fleet is vast and varied, ranging from the Star of India, a 19th-century bark that serves as the museum's oldest active ship, to a B-39 Russian submarine. They are even building an accurate replica of the San Salvador, a Spanish galleon that was the first European vessel to reach the West Coast. The museum uses these vessels to house exhibits, provide tours, and go on excursions into San Diego Bay. Complementing the ships is the museum's permanent collection of artifacts, which display maritime traditions throughout the ages. Historic maps, instruments, and other equipment help tell the story of life navigating the seas, from the vessels of the Vikings to the steamboat to the United States Navy.
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    1492 N Harbor Dr.
    San Diego, CA US
  • Veteran's Museum Memorial
    For many, there is no greater honor than having served in America's Armed Forces. The curators at the Veterans Museum & Memorial in San Diego pay their respects to these brave men and women every single day, whether by hosting programs to perpetuate their memory or by assembling special exhibits of military- and war-related memorabilia. They've chosen scenic Balboa Park as the site for the Memorial, and with good reason; San Diego and its surrounding cities have a rich Naval heritage, and the site is part of a complex of architecturally significant buildings that speak to that heritage. Visitors can stroll through the lush Memorial Gardens and do push-ups on the grass before heading into the Museum, which hosts exhibits on World War I, World War II, Pearl Harbor, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and Desert Storm.
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    2115 Park Blvd
    San Diego, CA US
  • Philippine Library and Museum
    Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.
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    536 5th Ave
    San Diego, CA US

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