San Diego Automotive Museum

This museum presents the story of the automobile in ways that engage the visitors and their experiences with cars.

Compelling exhibits invoke a visceral reaction for the visitors about cars they have owned, loved, and driven.  There is something for everyone.  In addition to cars, the museum features a large motorcycle exhibit, memorabilia, and videos that put the automotive experience into cultural perspective.  The museum was founded by San Diego car collectors in 1988 and has now grown to a museum that features automotive culture from around the world.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum - California’s Official Air and Space Museum.

San Diego Museum of Man

From monsters and beer history, to California Tower tours, to our relationships with animals and the truth about cannibalism – there’s something for everyone at the San Diego Museum of Man.

During your visit, you’ll explore a variety of unique, interactive exhibits that cover a vast range of human history and culture. Plus, you can make your visit even more memorable with a California Tower tour and a visit to the limited-time exhibit, Cannibals: Myth & Reality.

Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

The Veterans Memorial Center, Inc. was formed in March 1989 to create, maintain and operate an institution to honor and perpetuate the memories of all men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine.

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park was chartered to serve five categories of function:

WorldBeat Center

Housed in a colorfully painted former water tower, WorldBeat Center opened in Balboa Park in 1996. The Center is dedicated to promoting and preserving African, African-American, and other indigenous cultures of the world through art, music, dance, education, and technology. Classes in international dance and drumming are offered year round, along with concerts and lectures.

Starlight Bowl

The Starlight Bowl was originally commissioned by the Ford Motor Company for the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition. The theater has grown and evolved over the years turning into one of San Diego’s favorite, historic and precious gems. Families of multi-generations have developed a passion and dedication to Starlight's events, sadden to see it abandoned in despair. 

The Save Starlight organization is a grass-roots effort  to preserve the theater's history and memories and to also create a new and adaptable platform for future events and generations. 

San Diego Art Institute

Since 1941, the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) has served as a nonprofit with the mission of advancing southern California/northern Baja art and artists. We are an experimental, bi-national contemporary art center catalyzing new experiences and connecting artist with audience. Our work is dedicated to advancing creative endeavors of artists today and tomorrow. We present new, engaging, and unexpected experiences that expand our cultural perspective and understanding, revealing the culture of this specific place and time through experimental manifestations of art.

Centro Cultural de la Raza

A fascinating cultural arts center dedicated to creating, promoting, preserving and educating about Chicano, Mexican, Indigenous and Latino art and culture. Housed in a former water tower, exquisitely painted with colorful murals, Centro features rotating exhibits and performances with theater, dance, music, and film/video.

Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the few independent institutions in the country devoted to photography, film and video. Founded in 1983, MOPA consistently addresses cultural, historical and social issues through its visual learning programs.  In March 2015, it became the first museum in Southern California to offer a "Pay What You Wish" admissions policy. Visitors chose the admission price with a voluntary contribution instead of standard admission every day the museum is open.