San Diego Museum Month: Half-Off at 40+ Museums

san diego museum month 2014

san diego museum month 2014

Exploring San Diego’s museums, both big and small, is a great way to learn about the life, culture, history and art that makes up the city. But if you plan on visiting more than one or two, admission prices can really add up.

Fear not, budget-savvy museum lovers. San Diego Museum Month 2014 is right around the corner. From February 1-28, 2014, visitors can pick up a special Museum Month pass that provides half-off admission to 44 participating museums around San Diego.

With so many participating museums, it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. Fortunately, San Diego’s wealth of museums means that visitors from all walks of life are sure to find something one (or more) to love.

History and Heritage

maritime museum of san diego

The Star of India is one of the ships featured at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The San Diego History Center showcases San Diego’s history with artifacts, costumes, art and one of the largest photograph collections in the western United States.

Famed architect Irving Gill designed the historic Craftsman period mansion, The Marston House, with an elegant English garden.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego in downtown San Diego along San Diego Bay offers one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the famous Star of India – the world’s oldest active tall ship.

Artsy and Cool

lux art institute

The Lux Art Institute sits hillside in San Diego’s North County

The Museum of Photographic Arts presents photography from leaders like Ansel Adams, as well as cutting edge new artists. An intimate and elegant, state-of-the-art movie theater screens film classics and cult classics alike.

Set on a secluded hillside in a bright, modern structure that resembles a tiny Getty Center, the LUX Art Institute in Encinitas maintains an artist-in-residence program offering up-close opportunities to view international artists at work.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego displays modern masterpieces, including multi-media exhibits from world-renowned contemporary artists, in two locations, downtown San Diego and La Jolla.

Only in San Diego

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned museum.

The USS Midway Museum is a decommissioned aircraft carrier museum in downtown San Diego along San Diego Bay featuring aircraft displays and interactive exhibits honoring the U.S. military.

Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad features more than 450 musical instrument displays and interactive areas to listen to music, ranging from ragtime to rock ‘n’ roll.

California Surf Museum in Oceanside preserves the legacy of pioneering legends of the surfing world.

Museum Month passes are free and can be picked up at any San Diego area Macy’s store location (plus locations in Temecula and the Imperial Valley). Be sure to grab one early to make the most of your time in San Diego!

> Click here for a full list of San Diego Museum Month Participants

In the comments below, tell us which museum is your favorite and why…


Sun, Surf and the Silver Screen: San Diego Film Festival 2012

San Diego Film Festival Logo

San Diego Film Festival Logo

From September 26-30th the San Diego Film Festival (SDFF) celebrates 11 years with more films, insightful industry panels and buzz-worthy events than ever before. While SDFF continues to screen films at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp in the Gaslamp Quarter, as it has for the past 10 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla will also host numerous screenings and events. The dual locations allow SDFF to provide more opportunities to celebrate a wide spectrum of independent film while showcasing two of San Diego’s most popular and distinctive neighborhoods. If you can swing it, splurge on the VIP Festival Pass and enjoy the festival as it was meant to be – a celebration of creativity and community. Otherwise, here are a few signature events not to be missed:

Thursday, September 27: Gus Van Sant Tribute Evening

Get an exclusive glimpse into the passion and vision behind the extraordinary filmmaking of director Gus Van Sant and enjoy the 15th anniversary screening of the Academy® Award winning film, Good Will Hunting this Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. Tickets are $75.

> Buy Gus Van Sant Tribute Evening tickets here

Friday, September 28: Almost Famous Block Party & Screening:

Have you ever wanted to party in San Diego like it’s 1973? Here’s your chance! The “must-attend” party of the festival will be happening this Friday, September 28th in the Gaslamp Quarter. Along with the special outdoor screening of Almost Famous, introduced by the real Pennie Lane in her first public appearance, enjoy hosted bar from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, light fare provided by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Crossroads/House of Blues, DJ, dancing, and live music by Queen Nation presented by the House of Blues. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 at the door.

> Buy Almost Famous Block Party and Screening tickets here

2012 San Diego Film Festival Line-Up

And let’s not forget about the films! Check out the line-up of amazing independent films screening this weekend right here in San Diego.


True Jewels of San Diego: Explore the Museums of La Jolla

As one of the most beloved communities in San Diego, beholden by its natural beauty, rich heritage and a luxurious yet laid back vibe, La Jolla is a must-visit stop on any San Diego vacation itinerary. From the dramatic coastline unmatched in majesty, to premier dining establishments, elegant hotels, world-class shopping, treasured art and cultural institutions, La Jolla certainly lives up to the meaning of its name, which translates to “the jewel” in Spanish.

If you”re exploring La Jolla during February Museum Month, don’t miss three great arts and culture attractions that you can enjoy at 50% off admission. Just pick up a Museum Month pass at any San Diego County Macy’s location, and head to one of the following museums to take in mind-blowing contemporary art, explore wondrous sea creatures or dive into La Jolla’s historic past. Continue reading