Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Balboa Park! With art, aviation, culture, science, automobiles, locomotives, and history! We have something special for everyone on your list. And we mean everyone!


The San Diego Museum of Art

Find your own work of art to take home from The Museum Store. All proceeds benefit the Museum of Art’s year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs.

SDMA’s Bibliotique

This exciting space connects with their research library and provides gifts with an emphasis on San Diego culture, arts and design, surf, skate, and beer, the store has something for everyone. Check them out on Instagram @bibliotique

Fleet Science Center 

North Star Science Store 

This is the perfect stop for holiday shoppers who are looking for amazing, fun––and sometimes even secretly educational gifts for all ages. Come visit to see what fun science gifts you can find for the holiday season!

Museum of Photographic Arts

Looking for a unique gift? Let the MOPA Shop be your guide this holiday season. Whether you are shopping for the shutterbug, fashionista, or budding photographer, the MOPA Shop is the place to find all your holiday needs.

Spanish Village Art Center

Let the multi-colored tiles lead you into the 40 artist’s studios and galleries containing the artwork of over 200 artisans and craftspeople. Here you will find everything from jewelry, photography, clay making, glass art and so much more!

San Diego Art Institute

This lovely gift shop serves a regional contemporary art center that features handpicked art-to-go and distinctive items made by local contemporary artists. You will find one of a kind jewelry, t-shirts and objects by artists and makers from Tijuana to LA.

San Diego History Center

Make your way to the San Diego History Center Gift Shop for that one and only-in-San Diego gift! You will find a wide selection of local fair from books to vintage gifts to jewelry and other handmade items by artisans.


Balboa Park Visitor Center 

Your one-stop for all things Balboa Park! Hats, shirts, key chains and mugs to show and share your love of the park. Be sure you say “Hello” to all the friendly volunteers at the info desk!

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Train your sights on all things trains at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum Gift Shop! From games to books to apparel, you are sure to find a train-themed treasure to delight the train fanatic in your life.

Timken Museum of Art 

Inspired by their permanent collection and mid-century architecture, The Timken Museum’s shop has a unique selection including books, stationery, scarves, and elegant jewelry!

Marston House Museum

What will you find at the Marston House Museum shop? Beautiful ceramic tiles, classic American pottery, distinctive boxed notecards, and elegant jewelry — all in the Arts and Crafts tradition. If you are a lover of this unique architectural style, you will enjoy a visit to this historic 1905 carriage house shop.  It’s rustic and charming, a great place to find lovely gifts for yourself, your friends, and your family. Come take a look!

San Diego Museum of Man

The San Diego Museum of Man Gift Store has a selection as diverse as humans themselves with everything from Egyptian jewelry to Dia de Los Muertos merchandise to limited edition Christmas ornaments.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Here you will find two gift stores: One located in the upper garden and the second in the lower garden by the Inamori Pavillion. Both gift stores are stocked with Japanese items including postcards, chopsticks, fans, and imported treats! 

The Old Globe

Helen Edison Gift Shop

It’s the perfect time to snag the best Dr. Seuss “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” mementos! You’ll find the most adorable plush toys, books, and ornaments that will surely delight anyone on your list.

San Diego Air and Space Museum

Navigate your way to the Air and Space Gift Shop where you will find gifts for from airplane models, plush toys, apparel, robotics kits, space food and more!

San Diego Automotive Museum

Looking for the perfect gift for the auto lover on your gift list? Head over to the San Diego Automotive Museum Gift Shop to find a range of automotive books, clothing, collectibles and more!

United Nations Association of San Diego

International Gift Shop

Shop the world at Balboa Park! The International Gift Shop is stocked with unique items from around the world. You’ll find cookbooks to children’s books, ceramics, traditional toys, ethnic clothing, and handcrafted jewelry. Its a perfect stop to cross stocking stuffers off your list!

San Diego Natural History Museum

The Nat’s gift shop is filled with gifts that celebrate the natural world from stuffed dinosaurs to jewelry to books on hiking ts as well as holiday items like tree ornaments.

San Diego Zoo

Here you are sure to find international gifts, unique handcrafted items from around the world, gourmet foods, fashion, hats, jewelry, and much more! Shops include: The Roar Store; Kids Store; San Diego Zoo Store; Sydney’s Shoppe (koala-themed); Tusker’s Trunk at Elephant Odyssey; Panda Shop; Ituri Forest; and Arctic Trader at Polar Bear Plunge. 


Balboa Park Explorer

This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving! The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is the perfect gift for the art, science, history, museum lover in your life! 

Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass Gift Voucher 
When you purchase an Explorer Annual Pass gift voucher for your loved ones, not only can they explore the Park for 365 days, you will support and fund the museums they love most. Plus! They’ll be invited to special monthly experiences, enjoy exclusive Balboa Park updates, and much more!

Annual Passholders receive:
  • General admission to amazing Balboa Park museums and more!
  • Complimentary admission to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Explorer Experiences – exclusive events with behind-the-scenes access, tours, and more!
  • Discounted tickets to the Fleet IMAX Theater and Marston House Museum.
  • Exclusive monthly Parkilicious Newsletter with Balboa Park exhibition and event updates and insights.
  • No blackout dates.
  • The knowledge that you are supporting the museums you love most!

Multi-Day Pass
This pass is perfect for your out-of-town guests who will be staying for a week during the holidays. Not only will you be able to show them San Diego’s cultural gem, but they’ll have 7 days to visit each of our wonderful museums and more! Want to add a day visit to the San Diego Zoo? Upgrade to a Combo Pass!

One-Day Pass 
Are relatives only in town for a few days? Snag them a One-Day pass! You’ll have an excuse to Explore your beautiful Balboa Park and even get into 5 museums of your choice! 

Questions? Contact our Explorer Team today!

By Zia Sinclair Hance | Balboa Park Explorer | December