Are there different kinds of Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passes?
Are there blackout dates for the Balboa Park Explorer?
What museums are included in the Balboa Park Explorer Pass?
Your Balboa Park Explorer passes are valid at the following organizations*:
- Centro Cultural de la Raza
- Japanese Friendship Garden
- Mingei International Museum**
- Museum of Photographic Arts
- Fleet Science Center
- San Diego Air and Space Museum
- San Diego Art Institute
- San Diego Automotive Museum
- San Diego History Center
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum
- The San Diego Museum of Art
- San Diego Museum of Man
- theNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
- Timken Museum of Art
- Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
- WorldBeat Center
*Limits apply depending on Pass type.
*Building closed for renovations. Check their website for ongoing programming available to Explorers.
Are there any additional costs when visiting the museums in Balboa Park?
Occasionally, a museum will feature a special exhibition that requires an additional admission fee. Often times, special exhibitions are discounted for Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders; always contact the museum to verify their policy before visiting. Here are some special exhibitions and experiences requiring an additional admission fee:
- Climb the California Tower, San Diego Museum of Man*
- Cannibals: Myth & Reality, San Diego Museum of Man
- IMAX® and digital films, Fleet Science Center**
*The California Tower is under construction. Please check the San Diego Museum of Man’s website for up-to-date information.
**The additional discounted cost of $9.95 is only applicable to Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders.
What is the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?
When may I begin using my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?
Is the Annual Pass a membership?
Are payment plans available?
How do I use a One Day or Multi-Day Pass?
Picking the right pass for your visit is important! A Balboa Park Explorer One-Day Pass provides you with one general admission of up to 5 participating museums, valid on the day of first use only.
An Explorer Multi-Day Pass provides one general admission to each participating Balboa Park museum and is valid for 7 consecutive days, beginning with first use, but is not valid for re-entry across multiple days. Check with the museum for same-day re-entry priveledges. Be sure to read our ABOUT page for details, and our COMBO pass, and pick the best one for your adventure.
Are guest passes included in the Annual Pass?
What happens if I come to Balboa Park and I’ve forgotten my Balboa Park Explorer pass?
For the best visitor experience, we encourage you to ALWAYS keep your Balboa Park Explorer pass with you! However, if you have forgotten your pass, please stop by the Balboa Park Visitors Center, the Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, or the Natural History Museum to pick up a temporary pass.
What happens if I lose my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass and need to replace it?
If you lose your Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass, there is a $5 reprint fee per pass. To replace your lost Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass, you may email the Balboa Park Explorer office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (619) 232-7502 x1204.
Is the San Diego Zoo included with the Balboa Park Explorer?
Admission to the San Diego Zoo is not included with the Explorer One-Day, Multi-Day, or Annual Pass but we do offer a Multi-Day Combo Pass, which includes one day general admission to the Zoo. Please note: In order to redeem your ticket, a valid ID of the ticket purchaser and credit card used on the order must be presented when redeeming the Combo Pass.
Can I upgrade my One-Day or Multi-Day Pass to an Annual Explorer Pass?
Yes, but credit must be applied within one week of first use. You may upgrade regularly priced One-Day or Multi-Day Passes only, no Combo Passes, Group Passes or donated Passes. One-Day or Multi-Day must have been purchased directly from Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, not a third-party vendor. Maximum one (1) One-Day or Multi-Day Pass can be applied toward an individual Adult, Senior, or Student Annual Pass. Maximum two (2) adult and two (2) child One-Day or Multi-Day Passes can be applied toward a Family Annual Pass.
Please contact us at (619) 232-7502 x1204 for more information.
Can I transfer a pass to another person?
Can I get a refund on my Explorer Pass?
No. There are no refunds on any of our passes.
Can I participate in The Big Exchange?
Can I participate in Kids Free in October?
All sales are final; non-refundable and non-transferable. All passes have no blackout dates. Passes must be used within one (1) year of purchase date and are not valid for select events, special exhibitions, and programs. Before visiting a museum, please contact them or check the websites for information on hours, closures, additional events, special exhibitions, and film costs.