Eager to visit a museum for the holidays? You’re in luck! A few Park organizations continue to stay open all throughout the season. Keep scrolling to check out our Balboa Park museum holiday hours, and take note of which ones you’ll definitely be visiting by year’s end!

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Which museums are open on…

Christmas Eve?

Fleet Science Center
Japanese Friendship Garden
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Museum of Man
The Nat
San Diego Museum of Art

Christmas Day?

Fleet Science Center
Japanese Friendship Garden

New Year’s Eve?

Fleet Science Center
Japanese Friendship Garden
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Museum of Art

New Year’s Day?

Fleet Science Center
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Natural History Museum

For more details, keep scrolling or contact the individual museum!

Gingerbread man ornament hanging from a Christmas tree.

Balboa Park Visitors Center

Christmas Eve: Open from 9:30am – 3:30 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Additionally, from December 26th through 30th, the Visitors Center will be open until 5:00 pm.

Regular hours: Open 7 days a week from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Fleet Science Center

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Open from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Additionally, from December 26th through January 6th, the Fleet’s hours will be 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Regular hours: Open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm*
Christmas Day: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm*
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm*
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm*

*Last admission is at 4:00 pm.

Regular winter hours: Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last admission is at 5:00 pm).

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed Mondays.

San Diego Air and Space Museum

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Regular hours: Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

San Diego Art Institute (SDAI)

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Open Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

San Diego Automotive Museum

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular hours: Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with last admission at 4:30 pm).

San Diego History Center

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Regular hours: Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Regular hours: Closed Monday, Open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

San Diego Museum of Man

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Regular hours: Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

San Diego Natural History Museum
(The Nat)

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Regular hours: Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The San Diego Museum of Art

Christmas Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Additionally, from December 26th through 30th, SDMA will have special hours:

Wednesday, December 26th: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 27th: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, December 28th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 29th: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 30th: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Regular hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Open Friday from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Open Saturday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Closed Wednesdays.

Timken Museum of Art

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

In addition, the Timken will be closed from December 31st to January 11th.

Regular hours: Closed Monday, Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Open Sunday from 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Veterans Museum

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular hours: Closed Monday, Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

WorldBeat Cultural Center

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed


Become A Balboa Park Explorer!

As you explore the Park into the new year, don’t forget to grab a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass! Enjoy complimentary admission to 16 amazing Balboa Park museums all throughout 2019 – with no blackout dates! What are you waiting for? Click here to check out a full list of perks!

What will YOU Explore?

Jayme De la Cruz, Balboa Park Explorer Team Member