San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center is located in the heart of Balboa Park, in Casa de Balboa Building. Here you will not only find a collection of intriguing exhibitions that chronicle San Diego’s diverse history, but also our Library. This is home to over 45 million pieces of paper and 2.5 million images that document the people, places and events of San Diego’s past.

In addition to the exhibitions at San Diego History Center, the museum also presents a number of public programs including lectures, workshops and educational programs.

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Exhibitions and events

A Different Life

Permanent exhibition

Come visit this exciting new exhibition, co-curated by a group of teenage refugees from Somalia through the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) Students Plus after-school program. Learn about...

Phase One: Walk on San Diego

Permanent exhibition

In the first completed gallery of this evolving core exhibition, visitors can literally walk on San Diego. A thirty by thirty foot map of the county extends from wall to wall across the floor. Also...

Phase Two: Building an Early Identity

Permanent exhibition

Focusing on San Diego’s first inhabitants, a kaleidoscope of Kumeyaay, Spanish, Mexican and early American settlers up to 1885, this new gallery examines the significant impact these pioneering...

Educational programs

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