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5 to Try: San Diego Museum Month

Over 40 museums are participating in San Diego Museum Month and this is the last weekend to take advantage of half-off admission. Simply stop by any Macy’s to pick up your pass. Here are my top five picks for this weekend.

1. San Diego Natural History Museum

Be sure to check out the film Sharks 3D inside the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater. The film explores an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures which ruled the seas millennia before dinosaurs conquered the Earth and even face-to-face encounter with the “T-Rex of the Sea!”

2. Mingei International Museum

Through June 17, 2012, the exhibit A Fantastic Voyage – The Art of Ynez Johnston is on display. The exhibit will survey six decades of the artist’s wood and bronze sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics from the 1940s to 2010, including recent works that have never publicly been shown.

3. San Diego Museum of Art

On display through May 31, 2012 is the Special Installation of French Modern Paintings. An important group of Modern French paintings from a local collection will be juxtaposed with the highlights of the Gluck Collection. The loans will include paintings by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Paul Serusier, Fernand Leger, Édouard Vuillard, and Pierre Bonnard, which will be shown alongside other Post-Impressionist and early twentieth-century paintings by Vuillard, Bonnard, Georges Braque, Amadeo Modigliani and others from the Gluck Collection.

4. San Diego Botanic Garden

A special feature at the Botanic Garden is the Sculpture in the Garden. Through April 16, 2012, 26 artists will present their sculptures set against the beautiful backdrop of dragon trees, fruit gardens, bamboo groves, and many more unique garden areas in Sculpture in the Garden.

5. The New Children’s Museum

A great exhibit at the Children’s Museum is TRASH. The artists in TRASH, each with differing prerogatives and intentions, share the common desire to draw attention to an invisible issue that increasingly dominates our lives. Did you know that in the United States, the average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day? In this exhibition, their mission is to change how we see trash, and changing perspective starts by asking more questions.