Candice

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…

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 19-24, 2013

It may not seem like it now, but Friday is just around the corner. To help you plan, here are our top things to do in San Diego this weekend.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching in San Diego - Top Things to Do

Whale Watching in San Diego is definitely one of the top things to do in San Diego during the winter season.

Winter is peak season for catching the magnificent sight of gray whales breaching the water during its annual migration. Whale watchers might even be lucky enough to see something else amazing…like last week’s sighting of thousands of dolphins swimming together to form a super-pod!

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> Find out more about Whale Watching in San Diego

Kuumbafest San Diego

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KuumbaFest is San Diego’s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture and heritage. The three day festival will include traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre “Live at the Lyceum,” a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.

Where: San Diego Rep – 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)
When: February 22-24, 2013
Cost: varies
> Find out more about Kuumbafest San Diego

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month Logo 2013

This is the last weekend to take advantage of San Diego Museum Month. Pick up a coupon from a local Macy’s and bring it to 42 museums throughout the county to receive 50% off general admission. This is a great opportunity to check out these new exhibitions in Balboa Park.

Dates: Through February 28, 2013
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Samson and Delilah by Camile Saint-Saens

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The Biblical story of Samson and Delilah returns to the San Diego Opera’s stage in a production described by the North County Times as …one of the most memorable San Diego Opera productions of the past decade (with) stunning and gargantuan sets, vivid lighting, gorgeous costumes, an erotic ballet and a seeming cast of thousands…” Samson and Delilah will be sung in French with English translations above the stage.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)
When: February 19, 22 and 24, 2013
Times:
– Tuesday and Friday: 7:00 PM
– Sunday: 2:00 PM
Cost: $35-$275
> Find out more about Samson and Delilah

Hawk Watch – East San Diego

Harri Hawk -  one of the raptors you may spot at HawkWatch!

Harri Hawk – one of the raptors you may spot at HawkWatch!

Bring your binoculars and cameras to the Wildlife Research Institute in Ramona to spot magnificent wintering and resident raptors, including Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons and Red-shouldered Hawks, to name a few. While you’re there, say hello to the herd of bison that call this “raptor hotspot” home!

Where: Wildlife Research Institute – 18030 Highland Valley Road, Romona, CA 92065 (East County)
When: February 23, 2013
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Hawk Watch – East San Diego

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Denise

San Diego Museum Month – Discover Something New for Half Price all February

San Diego Museum Month Logo 2013

San Diego Museum Month Logo 2013

If you like saving money (and who doesn’t), then be sure to pick up a free San Diego Museum Month pass. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 42 San Diego Museum Council membership museums during the entire month of February. You can pick up a free pass beginning February 1, 2013, at any of Macy’s fourteen locations throughout the San Diego area, Temecula and Imperial Valley. With one pass, up to four visitors can gain admission and it’s good all month-long.

From the Oceanside Museum of Art to downtown’s USS Midway Museum to the Tijuana Estuary, there’s plenty to see and ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

San Diego Museum Month Highlights

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Escape from the ordinary and step into the shockingly odd world of Ripley at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. This is the first time a Ripley’s exhibition is returning to San Diego since the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. (This special exhibition requires an additional entry fee)

San Diego Natural History Museum

Check out Chocolate the Exhibition. Where does chocolate come from? How is it made? And how has it sweet-talked its way into our hearts?  Get the complete story behind this crave-worthy treat in Chocolate.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

See the new exhibition Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids. The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? Find out more in this 3,000 square-foot interactive exhibition.

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Discover the Maritime Museum of San Diego and its world-class collection of historic vessels including sailing ships, steam-powered boats and submarines. You can board and explore the ships and, on some, even set sail.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive! See more than 3,000 fish in 60+ habitats plus a museum on ocean and earth science.

Living Coast Discovery Center

Enter the fascinating world of sharks and rays at the Shark & Ray Experience. Touch the velvety backs of friendly rays as they glide through the interactive touch pool, and view four different local shark species in a 21,000 gallon exhibit with multiple underwater viewing areas.

> Full list of all 42 participating museums during San Diego Museum Month

Which museum do you plan on discovering or revisiting during San Diego Museum Month?

Aki

Museum Month: With Seven Days Left, Head North!

With only seven days left until the end of San Diego Museum Month, I still have a few museums to check out. As a resident of Encinitas, I’ve got a few favorites in North County that I frequent, and one in particular that tops my list of best museum I haven’t been to yet, but love already.

Music History Comes Alive at The Museum of Making Music

As a music lover and North County resident, I’m frankly ashamed that I haven’t been to this museum yet. Located in Carlsbad, The Museum of Making Music is the only museum of its kind in San Diego County. Founded in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants, the museum showcases and celebrates the music products industry.

The museum’s exhibits are arranged chronologically in five galleries, beginning with the coming of age in America’s music industry between 1890 to 1909, all the way to the 1980’s. Each gallery showcases hundreds of vintage instruments, along with historic audio and video clips and interactive displays, providing a 360 degree look at the innovations, trends and popular music of the era.

Unlike the traditional hall of fame or celebrity instrument collection, the Museum of Making Music focuses on the historical changes and innovations of musical instruments, how they came to be made and sold, and how these developments influenced popular music. Some of the breakthrough instruments in their collection include a Gibson mandolin, the Ludwig drum pedal, a Rickenbacker Lap Steel guitar, Fender Telecaster guitar, and Yamaha DX-7 Synthesizer.

Currently on view is a special exhibition that provides a comprehensive survey on the history of reed instruments, Roots of Reeds (through March 2012). I am completely jazzed about visiting the museum (pun intended), as I know it will surely deepen my appreciation of music and may even inspire me to finally sign up for that guitar lesson.

William Glen Crooks at the Oceanside Museum of Art

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a deserving friend get their due. In the case of William Glen Crooks, it was only a matter of time that his talent would be celebrated. I had the pleasure and privilege of working with him in my past life as a San Diego gallerist, and watched with glee as his star steadily rose over the years. His career retrospective exhibition Point of View at the Oceanside Museum of Art, curated by leading San Diego gallery Scott White Contemporary Art, celebrates a life’s work by the gifted painter and Imperial Beach native.

Known for glowing landscapes and timeless scenes, Glen’s paintings emanate a warmth that makes you feel the atmosphere of his pictures. He has an uncanny ability to bring out the extraordinary in what would otherwise be a mundane scene, and he does so with his own brand of modesty and humility that makes him a true original. On view through April 22, this is an exhibition you won’t want to miss!

Fantastical Home Furnishings at the Lux Art Institute

One of the most inspiring institutions and spaces in San Diego is nestled in the hills of Encinitas. The Lux Art Institute is a museum unlike any other, where you can witness the creative process and engage with the artists as they produce their work in a studio setting. Lux invites internationally renowned artists to live and work in their beautifully designed facility for several weeks as they create and exhibit their work.

Current artist-in-residence, sculptor Lila Jang, puts a whimsical spin on home furnishings. Restricted by a small apartment and armed with a desire to escape the mundane routine of everyday life, Jang looked at traditional home furnishings in a new light. By removing the need for functionality from chairs, dressers, stools, and other furniture, she transforms these everyday objects into fantastical sculptural works that are animated, playful and expressionistic. Ms. Jang’s residency and exhibition closes on March 3, 2012. Go for the art, and stay to explore the gorgeous architecture and lush landscapes that surround the museum premises.

Aki

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

Candice

Video Tour: San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - 29 Days - 40 Museums - 50% Off

If you’re an art lover, museum buff or simply appreciate the value of a good deal, then February is the best time for you to visit San Diego. All month long, stop by any San Diego County Macy’s location to pick up a San Diego Museum Month pass and you’ll get half-off admission for you and up to three guests at 40 museums throughout the county.

From sports memorabilia to classic cars, mummies and hands-on science experiments, Balboa Park is a one-stop shop for Museum Month fun. Some of my favorites of Balboa Park’s 16 museums are those of the artistic bent, like the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts and Mingei International Museum. Join me on a video tour of what you can expect to see at these three spectacular venues:

For a complete list of all the museums participating in Museum Month, visit the San Diego Museum Council’s website, and pick up your half-off pass before it’s too late!

Aki

February is Museum Month in San Diego

February is one of my favorite months of the year in San Diego. With longer days, warmer temperatures and a shorter month, the race to spring always brings an extra boost to my step. And what better way to celebrate the turn of seasons than to explore San Diego’s many museums throughout the county at half the price?

February is Museum Month in San Diego. Each year, the San Diego Museum Council organizes this month-long promotion, presented by Macy’s, which provides half-off admission to any of the 40 participating museums. And with 2012 being a leap year, you’ll have an extra day to explore the vast and diverse wealth of San Diego’s arts and culture attractions.

From art and history, to science and nature, San Diego museums offer exploration and education into a diverse range of interests. From iconic institutions like the San Diego Museum of Art or the USS Midway Museum, to hidden gems like the San Diego Botanic Garden or the Museum of Making Music, this is the time to visit an old favorite or discover some place new.

San Diego Museum Month Passes

Pick up your Museum Month pass at any San Diego County Macy’s location near you, starting February 1, and start planning out your museum month.

What museums will you visit during Museum Month?