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Ever since City leaders set aside land for “City Park” back in the late 1800’s, Balboa Park has been a place of passion, invention and innovation.  Today, Balboa Park is home to incredible art, science, architecture, nature trails, off-leash dog parks, humanities, history, performing arts, music, horticulture, fountains, and hundreds of other wonders.  You can visit the Park every day of the week for a year, and experience something new every time.  Finding the best way to navigate this beautiful cultural hub can prove to be overwhelming for both the first timer, as well as, the seasoned visitor. 

The non-profit organization who implemented free Wi-Fi throughout the Park, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, in conjunction with technology-experience company Guru, have launched a mobile app to make your visit (or visits) to Balboa Park easy, educational, and informative.  The Official Balboa Park Mobile App launched in the Apple App Store and Google...Read The Rest

Beautiful Balboa Park is commonly referred to as the “jewel of San Diego,” but it has been further reinforced with this beautifully shot, historical look-back at our beloved Park.

The premiere of the film was held at the historic Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown, San Diego on the evening of December 9, 2014.  Attendees were met at the entrance of the theatre by a handful of greeters in period dress, appropriate to the 1915 era. 


Once inside, images, videos, and fact cards about the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that helped put the City of San Diego on the map, were displayed on the screen, accompanied by organist Russ Peck on the Balboa Theatre’s stunning Wonder Morton organ.  The ornate instrument, beautifully decorated with filigree and gold-leaf, was rededicated in 2009, after an extensive restoration and renovation.   The organ even has its own Facebook profile…

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Balboa Park Online Collaborative Awarded National Leadership Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

San Diego, Calif.—Balboa Park Online Collaborative is thrilled to announce that it was awarded a $419,030 National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for File>Save, a project that will create a collaborative model of affordable digital disaster planning and recovery for museums of all types and sizes. The project begins on November 1, 2014.

“Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is significant achievement, and we congratulate Balboa Park Online Collaborative for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.” IMLS museum grants...Read The Rest

Beautiful Balboa Park is a wonderful place to spend your day off...But did you know it is also a fantastic place to work?  

Take a look at some of the current open positions looking for the perfect person...Could it be you? 

Mingei International Museum

BaristaCafé Mingei is the new café at Mingei International Museum, located on the Plaza de Panama in beautiful Balboa Park. Barista duties include excellent customer service, plus maintenance of product quality and overall environment. This is a new, start-up operation and a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to make a difference in a mission-based nonprofit.

Museum of Photographic Arts

Visitor Relations Associate - The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) seeks and energetic and detail oriented individual with strong managerial and organizational skills for the position of Visitor Relations Associate

Gallery Attendent - The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) seeksl highly attentive, detail oriented...Read The Rest

Interested in working at Balboa Park? Take a look at these open positions!   Posted May 20, 2014 

Human Resources Director at theNAT

The Human Resources Director will develop and implement Human Resources strategies and planning for the Museum as well as handling day-to-day management in all HR areas. The Human Resources Director will serve as point of contact for all employees regarding HR issues and will advise senior management on HR strategic planning and policy development. S/he will work closely with department managers to guide the hiring, training, development and counseling of all employees. This position will be responsible for managing the Museum’s risk through the implementation or policies and procedures as well as monitoring of workers compensation, safety and training.


Education Program Manager at San Diego Junior Theatre

Position Summary: Reporting to the Education Director, the Education Program Manager will be an integral part of the Education Department by acting as a camp director during seasonal camp programs; managing the teaching aide program; assisting with program development and evaluation; and teaching classes as part of the...Read The Rest

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