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  • 1. Maritime Museum

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 3. San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. San Diego Museum of Art

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    Known for its Spanish baroque and Renaissance paintings, including works by El Greco, Goya, Rubens, and van Ruisdael, San Diego's most comprehensive...Read More

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  • 5. San Diego Museum of Man

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    If the facade of this building—the landmark California Building—looks familiar, it's because filmmaker Orson Welles used it and its dramatic...Read More

  • 6. Spanish Village Art Center

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    More than 200 local artists, including glassblowers, enamel workers, woodcarvers, sculptors, painters, jewelers, and photographers work and...Read More

  • 7. The New Children's Museum (NCM)

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    The NCM blends contemporary art with unstructured play to create an environment that appeals to children as well as adults. The 50,000-square...Read More

  • 8. USS Midway Museum

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    After 47 years of worldwide service, the retired USS Midway began a new tour of duty on the south side of the Navy pier in 2004. Launched...Read More

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  • 9. Coronado Museum of History and Art

    Coronado | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Japanese Friendship Garden

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Garden/Arboretum

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

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  • 11. Mingei International Museum

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 12. Museum of Photographic Arts

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 14. San Diego Automotive Museum

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 15. San Diego History Center

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 16. San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    When the exhibits at this 27,000-square-foot museum are in operation, you can hear the sounds of chugging engines, screeching brakes, and shrill...Read More

  • 17. San Diego Natural History Museum

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    There are 7½ million fossils, dinosaur models, and even live reptiles and other specimens under this roof. Favorite exhibits include the Foucault...Read More

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  • 18. Thomas Whaley House Museum

    Old Town | House/Mansion/Villa

    A New York entrepreneur, Thomas Whaley came to California during the gold rush. He wanted to provide his East Coast wife with all the comforts...Read More

  • 19. Timken Museum of Art

    Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Museum/Gallery

    Though somewhat out of place architecturally, this small and modern structure, made of travertine imported from Italy, is a jewel box. The museum...Read More

  • 20. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

    La Jolla | Museum/Gallery

    Driving along Coast Boulevard, it is hard to miss the mass of watercraft jutting out from the rear of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego...Read More

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