What is the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?
The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass provides general admission to 16 museums in Balboa Park, for 365 days, with no blackout days. As a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholder, you gain access to tailored newsletters that include special information, behind the scenes recommendations, and announcements about happenings in the Park. Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders also receive exclusive invitations to monthly special events, providing a truly unique behind the scenes look into Balboa Park.
Are there different kinds of Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passes?
Yes. The Balboa Park Explorer program offers a multitude of pass options to fit your needs. From the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Family pass (accommodating up to any 2 adults and up to any four children), to the Adult, Student, and Senior passes, we have a pass for you!
Are there blackout dates for the Balboa Park Explorer?
There are no blackout dates for the Balboa Park Explorer. The pass will be accepted during all regular museum operating hours. Please note that some museums are closed on Mondays, The San Diego Museum of Art is closed on Wednesdays, and each museum has individual hours of operation. Be sure to visit each museum’s website for hours or closures.
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 additional cost of $9.95 is only applicable to Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders.
When may I begin using my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?
Immediately. The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. A temporary pass is sent via email for digital orders, and issued in person for onsite orders. Hard cards will arrive in the mail within 3-7 business days of purchase. If you do not receive your cards within that time please contact the Explorer office.
Is the Annual Pass a membership?
No. The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is a general admission ticket valid for 365 days from date of purchase.
Are guest passes included in the Annual Pass?
No. The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is not a membership and is unable to offer the same benefits as a museum membership, such as guest passes. Each individual passholder must be named.
Are payment plans available?
No, we do not offer payment plans at this time.
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 for a temporary day pass.
What happens if I lose my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass and need to replace it?
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
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.
As a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholder you get exclusive invitations to monthly Explorer-only events.
Journey behind-the-scenes, delve into exhibitions, tour the gardens, and experience Balboa Park in a whole new way!
If you have any additional questions, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer them for you!