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Museums

 
 

Free admission!

5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday (12/7) and Saturday (12/8)

 

 

Fleet Science Center

At the Fleet Science Center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet—and beyond.

The Fleet Science Center will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on December 7 and 8. Regular admission prices apply until 5 p.m. both days. Starting at 5 p.m., exhibit gallery admission is free.

December Nights at the Fleet includes:

  • Fun for all ages with 100+ interactive exhibits
  • Live Tesla coil demonstrations twice each hour
  • A “Borax Snowflake” make-it/take-it activity for just $5
  • Live science shows from the Fleet's Don't Try This at Home team every half hour, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • A photo opportunity with the Fleet's own Albert Einstein
  • Multiple hands-on science demonstrations
  • Stellar holiday shopping at the North Star Science Store, with a selection of delightfully nerdy gifts
  • Festive food at our cafe, Craveology, featuring pecan-smoked chicken wings, pulled pork sliders, sourdough bread bowls with soup or chili, an array of holiday sweets and more, open until 9 p.m. both nights

For the first time ever, the Fleet will have a 21+ lounge, The Black Hole! This indoor escape is the perfect spot to get lost in! Adults can skip the lines and get fast-track entry into The Black Hole.

  • Enjoy local craft beers and wine
  • Indulge with food from Craveology
  • Take part in interesting conversations with Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar
  • Get your game on with board games provided by IDW Publishing
  • Enter the Giant Dome to enjoy your favorite holiday songs combined with intriguing graphics
  • Take advantage of giveaways, including wine glasses, coasters and more!


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Fleet Science Center
AREA: Cascades

Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the few independent institutions in the country devoted to photography, film and video. MOPA houses a collection of nearly 9,000 images from contemporary artists, representing the entire history of photography.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Museum of Photographic Arts
AREA: El Prado

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum - California’s Official Air and Space Museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a flight-worthy replica of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis,” and the actual Apollo 9 Command Module.

Free admission from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


HOURS: Saturday, 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm
VENUE: San Diego Air & Space Museum
AREA: Palisades/Midway

San Diego Automotive Museum

This museum presents the story of the automobile in ways that engage the visitors and their experiences with cars.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Automotive Museum
AREA: Palisades/Midway

San Diego History Center

The San Diego History Center is dedicated to the heritage of San Diego. Discover San Diego's rich history and learn about the region's emerging role in the 21st century.

Experience San Diego: The Virtual Reality Adventure

Experience the best of our city through this 10-minute virtual reality experience in one location, the San Diego History Center in the heart of Balboa Park.

Visitors will be immersed in a virtual world of truly unique San Diego environments. Face a Padres pitcher’s fastball inside the batter’s box, hang glide over the Pacific and the Torrey Pines golf course, gaze at the sunrise out in the Anza Borrego Desert, look out from the California Tower in Balboa Park, or take the ice at a San Diego Gulls game. Tickets are $5.


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego History Center
AREA: El Prado

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

At 28,000 square feet, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is the world's largest operating model railroad museum. This unique museum contains four enormous scale and model layouts, built by separate clubs, which depict railroads of the Southwest in O, HO, and N scales. In addition, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum features a Toy Train Gallery with an interactive Lionel layout for children and state-of-the-art theater lighting.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Model Railroad Museum
AREA: El Prado

San Diego Museum of Art

From the art of East Asia to German Expressionism, 19th & 20th century American paintings and scultpures, there is something for everyone.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Museum of Man

Housed in the historic California Building with its iconic California Tower, the Museum of Man has been educating and entertaining visitors from around the world for more than 100 years. The museum hosts a vast range of human history and culture from beer to cannibalism to monsters. In addition, the museum offers guided tours of the California Towe.


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Man
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Natural History Museum

Explore the natural history of Southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT). From rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to dinosaurs and fossils, to a pendulum that proves the earth is spinning, there’s something for everyone at The NAT.


HOURS: Saturday, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Natural History Museum
AREA: Cascades

Timken Museum of Art

Jewels of the Season annual holiday display of Hord & Schlappi Ornaments. Home to the Putnam Foundation’s world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. Free admission year round


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Timken Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

 
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