A Guide to Balboa Park’s Best Museums

Here’s three museums you can’t miss

Encompassing 1,200 acres, San Diego’s Balboa Park is considered by many as one California’s top cultural destinations, offering up breathtaking design and a wealth of things to see and do, including a bevy of museums. Below, three you should put on your radar.

The Museum of Man: Distinguished by its Spanish colonial style architecture and two hundred foot tall California Tower, this is the area’s only museum devoted to anthropology. The building was originally built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and today, remains one of the most photographed spots in the park. 

San Diego Museum of Art: As the area’s oldest and largest art museum, this one boasts an impress private collection sourced from both established artists and buzzy young talent. There’s an especially strong showing of European old masters, 19th and 20th-century American art, and Asian art. The building itself is also beautiful to behold. In fact, it’s frequently rented out for weddings.

San Diego Air & Space Museum: Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, this museum houses a collection of historic spacecrafts and aircrafts from all over the world. Among the top attractions are an impressive replica of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis,” and the real-life Apollo 9 Command Module.


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