The history of the place you are visiting reveals the answers to what made that city, state, town, or village what it is today, and the best way to get to know the history is by visiting a museum. We still enjoy spending a quiet hour or two roaming the halls and discovering things about San Diego we never knew, and we envy those who are experiencing these establishments for the first time. Be sure to leave room for visiting at least a few of these San Diego museums on your fantastic Southern California vacation, and let us know what you think! We’re always interested in our guests’ input!
San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza
The best way to leap ahead is to look back, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum does just that. From the first flight with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk to the last mission in space, this is the spot where you will discover what we have learned and where we go from here.
San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado
Balboa Park is home to another of our favorite museums: The San Diego Natural History Museum. Nearly every major metropolitan area has their own version of a natural history museum, and it’s always fun checking out what’s important to the folks in Chicago, for example. But ours holds a special place in our heart; from the tiniest of hidden treasures to the largest of exhibits, the Nat is where you go to satisfy your curiosity!
San Diego Auto Museum, 2080 Pan American Plaza
Americans have always had a love affair with the car, and we admit to harboring a secret love of this special museum. Not satisfied with just collecting and displaying their impressive collection of cars, motorcycles have been included in their repertoire as well, and their Harley Davidson exhibition has us drooling! This is probably one museum you won’t have to drag your spouse into; he’ll be running ahead of you to be the first one in the door!
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Avenue
This exquisite museum is the oldest building in the Gaslamp Quarter and may be home to a few ghosts as well! A favorite place for ghost hunters, the William Heath Davis House was built in 1859 and is a simple, yet sturdy structure filled with artifacts and memorabilia of the past.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido
We can’t forget about the younger travelers in your group, and this worthy establishment will bring out the smiles and cheers of your favorite small people! Featuring science, nature, and arts and crafts, even the bigger travelers in your group will fall in love with this charming establishment!