Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Located in beautiful La Jolla with a panoramic view of the Pacific,
the Birch Aquarium at Scripps features 33 display tanks with spectacular
collections of marine life from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the
tropical South Pacific. In addition, the outdoor plaza showcases a demonstration
tide pool and a discovery station. The aquarium is a favorite destination of
school groups and has educational programs 12 months a year.
California Centre for the Arts Museum
340 N Escondido Blvd. Escondido 760-738-4138
Visual arts of the 20th century are profiled in the museum, located at the
California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The museum store features art books
and exhibition catalogues, as well as crafts and jewelry by local artisans.
Children’s Museum/Museo De Los Ninos San Diego
200 W. Island Ave., San Diego 619-233-5437;
From a "Toddler Pop Palace" to a computer with a wall-sized screen,
the Children’s Museum is designed to stimulate creativity and curiosity with
exhibits that are definitely interactive!
California Surf Museum
223 N. Coast Hwy. Oceanside 760-721-6876;
In addition to permanent displays, every six months the California Surf
Museum introduces a new exhibit highlighting one of the pioneering legends of
the surfing world. The museum also retails surfing-relating merchandise. Twenty
thousand people visit the museum annually.
Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Ave., San Diego; 619-338-9888
Photos, books, maps and antiques tell the fascinating story of early Chinese
settlement in San Diego.
Chula Vista Nature Interpretive Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista 619-409-5900;
This wetlands wildlife preserve features exhibits, activities and tours
designed to educate the public about this delicately-balanced ecosystem.
Computer Museum Campus of Coleman College
7380 Parkway Dr., La Mesa 619-465-8226;
The museum was established in 1983 by Jim and Marie
Petroff, founders of the
San Diego Chapter of Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA). Today,
the award-winning museum exists in partnership with the Coleman Foundation, a
nonprofit educational organization. CMXs mission is to preserve the major
milestones in the development of the computer industry and to chronicle these
events for the enrichment and education of all.
Fallbrook Historical Society Museum
260 Rockcrest Rd Fallbrook 760-723-4125
Part of the museum is the 100 year old home of a Civil War veteran who
received the Medal of Honor
1572 Columbia St., San Diego; 619-232-3473
Horse-drawn and hand-drawn fire engines and other vintage firefighting
equipment are on display.
Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyaniaca College Dr., El Cajon; 619-670-5194
Located on the campus of Cuyamaca College, the Heritage of the Americas
Museum maintains exhibits depicting the culture and natural history of the
Heritage Walk Museum
321 North Broadway, Escondido; 760-743-8207
A bit of the late 1 9th century has been preserved in a cluster of buildings
surrounding the Santa Fe Railroad depot, built in 1888.
Julian Pioneer Museum
2811 Washington St., Julian 760-765-0227;
The history of this old gold rush town is played out through exhibits housed
in this converted brewery.
Junipero Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Dr., San Diego 619-297-3258;
Located at the north end of Presidio Park, the museum’s collection evokes
San Diego’s early days. On display are artifacts including household objects,
clothing and military equipment. This is the site where Father Junipero Serra
established the first mission in California in 1769.
Marine Command Museum
1600 Henderson Way, San Diego; 619-524-6038
The Marine Command Museum, which can be found on the grounds of the Marine
Corps Recruit Depot near Lindbergh Field, chronicles the history of the Corps in
war and peace.
Museum of Contemporary Art
1001 Kettner Blvd., Downtown; 619- 234-1001
700 Prospect St., La Jolla; 858-454-3541
The internationally renowned Museum of Contemporary Art has two sites, each
featuring thought-provoking collections, exhibitions and programs that focus on
the art and artists of today.
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside 760-721-2787
The City of Oceanside and the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation collaborated
to preserve the former City Hall, an historic building designed by renowned
local architect Irving Gill, to showcase fine arts in the community. The
Oceanside Museum of Art emphasizes contemporary art, and offers exceptional art
displays including juried exhibitions. The Museum is also the site of an art
school, and hosts musical concerts throughout the year.
San Diego Maritime Museum
1306 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 619-234-9153;
The San Diego Maritime Museum is the home of the Star of India, the
world’s oldest active merchant ship. The museum features a floating display of
maritime history. Other boats in the museum’s collection are the 1898
ferryboat Berkeley and the 1904 steam yacht Medea.
San Diego Railroad Museum
Highway 94, Campo 619-478-9937;
This museum displays 80 major pieces of vintage railroad equipment, and takes
visitors back in time by offering rides on a working steam locomotive that runs
from the museum to the Mexican border town of Tecate.
Private art galleries can be found throughout San Diego County. The
Reader, a weekly newspaper distributed free on Thursdays, and the Night and
Day section in the Thursday edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune are
excellent sources of information on current and upcoming exhibitions.