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5 'Don't Miss' Thanksgiving Weekend Exhibitions

With many stores opening as early as Thanksgiving evening this year, there’s no longer any point in hitting the malls this Black Friday, as you’ll only be foraging for scraps. That leaves an entire day, and weekend, open to treat your out-of-town packmates to the best of what San Diego’s cultural Mecca has to offer.

Cosmos Blog, Balboa Park, Chocolate, San Diego Natural History MuseumBehold, America! — The city’s three most prominent art museums, including the Timken and San Diego Museum of Art, formed their own pack for the very first time to showcase the rich holdings in American art—from colonial to contemporary—found in this little corner of the country.

Charles Reiffel: An American Post Impressionist — Forming another unique pack, the San Diego History Center and San Diego Museum of Art dug through a number of private collections to highlight the career of a forgotten painter who was as good as any of his better-known East Coast contemporaries.

Chocolate — If you’re like me and prefer your cultural displays to be a little more edible, then you especially shouldn’t miss this timely exhibition on the history and global impact of one of the most commonly consumed treats this season—or any season.

How Things Fly — Families trying to keep a brood of squirrely pups entertained will want to head over to the Air & Space Museum for this interactive exhibition filled with hands-on displays that will burn off that extra slice of pumpkin pie you ate at 3am the night before.

Flight of the Butterflies — Speaking of late-night snacks, for those still feeling drowsy from excessive amounts of tryptophan in their system, the Reuben H. Fleet IMAX theater may be just the place to passively immerse oneself in the visually spectacular life story of the monarch butterfly.