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San Diego History Center

The museum showcases the region's unique, colorful and diverse history with dynamic, changing exhibitions about San Diego – past, present and future. Drawing on the History Center’s vast collections of artifacts, artwork, historic clothing, textiles, art and photographs detailing life and development of the region we feature hands-on, family-friendly, exhibits. The Library contains extensive resources including documents, maps, books, oral histories and one of the largest historic photograph collections in the western U.S. 


SDHC open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Archives open M-F 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Beginning Sept. 4, 2014 through Nov. 13, 2014: "Free After 3" - Thursdays, open until 7pm, with free admission after 3pm.
(619) 232-6203
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00am
San Diego Invites the World: The 1915 Expo
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00am
Masterworks of the Exposition Era
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:00am
Film: Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:00pm
Film: Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 3:00pm
Film: Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego

Make your next play date go down in history! Get to know other families while the kids enjoy crafts, entertaining activities and a special story time. All programs engage children in the history of the San Diego region. History for Half Pints is for children ages 3 -5 years and a favorite adult.

Located on the lower level of Casa de Balboa, the San Diego History Center's library is home to extensive collections that document the people, places and stories of San Diego past and present. The collections in the library constitute a rich documentation of the region's history. Open to the public, researchers can access San Diego history through books, ephemera, original maps, manuscripts, architectural drawings, and public records, as well as SDHC's extensive photograph collection.

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Hours: Wed. – Sat., 9:30am-1pm
Contact:  Call (619) 232-6203.

San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101

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