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San Diego is famous for its theme parks, beaches and year-round sunshine but world-class museums also await. Most are located in Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park which is must-do on any San Diego itinerary. However, wherever you are in the county, a museum is probably not too far away.
Most of our museums are great for families because while densely-packed with awesome exhibits, they aren't huge and are priced accordingly. They are the perfect place to go for a break from afternoon sun or on the rare rainy day.
With fidgety kids, an hour or two at the San Diego Natural History Museum to check out some dinosaur bones or Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for an IMAX movie and some hands-on science fun is plenty of time. Or, if your child is considering music lessons and isn't sure which instrument to choose, the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad has an impressive room of instruments just waiting to be played.
Keep in mind that San Diego museums offer Residents Free Tuesdays where museums offer complimentary entry to those who live here on a rotating basis. While it's a boon for locals, it can mean extra crowds. The schedule is online.