Museums in San Diego take great pride in educating the public about our past and how to preserve the future. Over 90 museums are spread across the county with 15 major ones centered in Balboa Park, the nation's largest cultural urban park.
Narrowing the list down to 10 is, frankly, quite difficult. Kids love the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and The New Children's Museum. However, photographers gravitate toward the Museum of Photographic Arts. We also have the longest-serving aircraft carrier, the USS Midway as a museum. The list of topics and interests addressed by each museum is incredibly diverse.
Keep in mind these tips for enjoying San Diego's museums at a lower cost. During select Tuesdays, those with a valid ID containing a San Diego County address or active military can receive free admission at select Balboa Park museums. Free entry applies to ID holder dependents as well. The Timken Art Museum is always free. Balboa Park offers Explorer passes that allow multiple museum entries at a discounted price for one day, seven days and an entire year. February is museum month where a booklet can be picked up at Macy's that provides half-off admission to museums throughout the county.
Wherever you are in San Diego, there is definitely a museum waiting for you.