What’s New: On View

September 2019

Centro Cultural de la Raza

  • QTPOC Art Exhibit (Queer/Trans People of Color) | Ongoing

Fleet Science Center

  • Don’t Try This at Home | Now through 12/31/19
  • Pause|Play | Now through 01/05/2020

Gallery 21 at Spanish Village Art Center

  • Art Glass Association of Southern California | 9/18/19 through 9/30/2019

Japanese Friendship Garden

  • Keshiki: Light, Air, Fluctuation | Now through 10/27/2019

Museum of Photographic Arts

  • Hidden Worlds| Now through 1/12/2020
  • Talking With A Friend: Portraits by Bern Schwartz | Now through 1/19/2020
  • Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia | Now through 9/22/2019

San Diego Air and Space Museum

  • SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure | Ongoing

San Diego Art Institute

  • Forging Territories: Queer Afro and Latinx Contemporary Art | Now through 11/3/2019

San Diego Automotive Museum

  • Vision vs. Reality: From the Fires of Imagination to the Forge of Production | Now through 10/12/2019

San Diego History Center

  • I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground | Now through 10/27/2019
  • Welcome to the Mix: Each of Us Has a Story | Now through 1/19/2020
  • LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumph | Now through 1/2/2020

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • Living the Impossible | Now through 11/16/2019

The San Diego Museum of Art

  • Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California 
  • Abstract Revolution | Now through 2/23/2020
  • American Still Life Moderns | Now through 12/1/2019

San Diego Museum of Man

  • Living with Animals | Ongoing
  • PostSecret & Cannibals: Myth & Reality | Now through 1/1/2020

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

  • 50 Greatest Wildlife Photos | Now through 10/18/2019
  • The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery | Now through 12/31/2019

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

  • Veterans Who Became Presidents | Ongoing

What’s New: Upcoming

Museum of Photographic Arts

Dreamscapes: 14th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition | Opening 9/28/2019

An exploration of the subconscious and the ways in which we perceive dreams. The featured photographs highlight individual and collective hopes, fears, and future inspirations.

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

Family Days at the Nat |September through May 2020

Come and enjoy monthly Family Days at The Nat as they celebrate the natural world and the Natural History Museum. Each month has been uniquely themed to allow visitors to explore nature’s wonders, participate in hands-on activities, and create crafts to take home. Family Days run from 11am to 3pm and free for Explorer Passholders! For upcoming dates, click here.

ASD Mornings | October 13, 2019

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community program is offered early mornings at 9am once-a-month for adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends, and caregivers. For upcoming dates, click here.

Films at Balboa Park

Fleet Science Center

IMAX* Films and Digital Shows

  • Turtle Odyssey | Daily| 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm through 1/6/2020
  • Superpower Dogs | Daily | 11 am, 1 pm, 5 pm through 8/31/2019
  • Volcanoes| Daily | 3 pm through 8/31/2019

*IMAX is available at a special price of $9.95.

San Diego Air and Space Museum

Zable Theater – Daily | 10am – 4pm:

  • Legend of Apollo
  • Flying Around the World
  • Delta Zero

Films at the Zable Theater are included with paid admission and also with Explorer Passes.

San Diego History Center

  • Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego | Daily | 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm

The film is included with donation-based admission and also with Explorer Passes.

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

Giant-Screen films:

  • Ocean Oasis 2D | Daily | 2:30 pm
  • Hidden Pacific 3D | Daily | 11am, 1:45pm and 4:15pm through 2/16/2020
  • Conquest of the Skies 3D| Daily | 1 pm and 3:30 pm through 1/6/2020

Films in the giant-screen theater are included with paid admission and also with Explorer Passes.

Please Note: Special exhibitions and film costs are determined by each individual museum. Before visiting a museum, please contact them or check the websites for information on hours, closures, additional events, special exhibitions, and film costs.

Take a peek below for the latest news, information, and tips for your next visit to San Diego’s cultural gem – straight from the Balboa Park Explorer Team.

Don’t Miss Events!

Comic-Con Museum

The Art of Shag Exhibit | 9/21/2019 – 9/22/2019

The Comic-Con Museum is teaming up with Josh Agle, the prolific artist known as Shag.

The exhibit will showcase original prints and a sampling of Shag’s books and merchandise created throughout his career in a gallery touched by the same wry and colorful sense of retro decadence that features so prominently in the pieces on display.

The exhibit is open, free to the public, from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.

Shag Exhibit Preview will be on 9/20/2019. For more details and ticket purchases: click here.

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) 

The Secret Society of Adultologists | 9/20/19

Join the Secret Society for an after-hours 21+ event, where we’ll explore the biological and cultural diversity that make las Californias especiales.

Enjoy art, games, and un monton of science over craft cocktails and súper delicious food.

Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

For details: click here.

Nat Talk: Native Plants for San Diego Gardens | September 23, 2019, 7 pm

Native plants fell out of fashion during the Victorian era when new exotics from around the world arrived in California.

Museum doors open at 5:30 pm and the talk begins at 7 pm. After the talk, join Nan for a signing of her book, Hot Color, Dry Garden, available for purchase at the Museum store. Tickets: $12. Purchase Tickets Here.

Performing Arts

The Old Globe

Almost Famous | Now through 10/27/2019

“The Globe is ready to rock with Almost Famous, a world premiere musical with book and lyrics by Academy Award winner and San Diego native Cameron Crowe, based on his iconic film about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way.” For more details and ticket purchases, click here.

Noura | Now through 10/27/2019

“A riveting West Coast premiere loosely inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House from the acclaimed playwright (and Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program graduate) Heather Raffo. Noura and her husband are Chaldean Christian refugees from Iraq, celebrating their first Christmas Eve as American citizens. But the long-anticipated visit of an orphan girl they once sponsored, now a promising college student, causes them to question who they’ve become and what they’ve left behind.” For more details and ticket purchases, click here.

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

The Rose and the Highlander | 9/18/2019-9/22/2019

For more details and ticket purchases, click here.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Sunday Concerts are held at 2pm (for one hour). All concerts are free and open to the public. Please note that seating is outdoors in the Organ Pavilion.

Music-loving pets are welcome, and so are picnics!

House of Public Relations

Saturday and Sunday Lawn programs| through December 2019

Each Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 3pm, member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods. Check the Lawn Program calendar here.

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