San Diego Sights

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Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo 34

Point Loma and Coronado 18


Coronado 8

Harbor Island 2

Ocean Beach 1

Point Loma 6

Shelter Island 1

La Jolla 16

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Coronado Museum of History and Art

  • Historic District/Site

The neoclassical First Bank of Commerce building, constructed in 1910, holds the headquarters and archives of the Coronado Historical...

Japanese Friendship Garden

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A koi pond with a cascading waterfall, a cherry tree grove, and the serene Inamori tea pavilion are highlights of the park's authentic...

Maritime Museum

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

From sailing ships to submarines, the Maritime Museum is a must for anyone with an interest in nautical history. This collection of restored...

Mingei International Museum

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The name "Mingei" comes from the Japanese words min, meaning "all people," and gei, meaning "art." Thus the museum's name describes...

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

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At the Downtown branch of the city's contemporary art museum, explore the works of international and regional artists in a modern, urban...

Museum of Photographic Arts

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World-renowned photographers such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Edward Weston are represented in this...

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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Interactive exhibits here are artfully educational and for all ages: older kids can get hands-on with inventive projects in the Tinkering...

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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By day, the streamlined edifice looks like any other structure in the park; at night, outlined in blue neon, the round building appears—appropriately...

San Diego Automotive Museum

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Even if you don't know a choke from a chassis, you're bound to admire the sleek designs of the autos in this impressive museum. On rotating...

San Diego History Center

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The San Diego Historical Society maintains its research library in the basement of the Casa de Balboa and organizes shows on the first...


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