San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center

In the heart of Balboa Park lies the San Diego History Center. There are several exhibitions as well as a research library on site for your edification. The library contains 45 million pieces of paper and 2.5 million images of people, places, and events that have played a role in San Diego’s past. In addition to the exhibitions and the library, the museum presents public lectures, workshops, and educational programs. Documented archives are also available to view in the research library as well. Your team is certain to find something that strikes a chord about the historical events that have taken place in the city of San Diego when visiting this fascinating museum.

The Center was founded in 1928 by George W. Marston and was originally known as the San Diego Historical Society. The objective of the society was to house books, maps, articles, transcripts, paintings, relics, and other artifacts from the county of San Diego and the state of California. Today, you may purchase copies of images from their vast collection! Select from the 19th, 20th or 21st century.

The Object Collection is comprised of Costume and Textiles, Decorative Arts, Fine Arts, and Objects of Daily Life. Here you will see more than 15,000 items all collected in just around 80 years!

The publications and paintings aren’t the only things to see here, the Center offers field trips and guided tours as well as lectures, all of which are geared toward enriching your understanding of this golden community. Let the kids try on historical costumes and create art, or sign up for a sleepover in Balboa or Presidio Park for an unforgettable lesson in the adventure!


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