February is the month where the best of San Diego museums are offering half of admission – for everyone! This marks the 24th year of the San Diego Museum Council’s popular month long museum extravaganza. Just visit any of the fourteen Macy’s participating in the greater San Diego area for your free Museum Month Pass for half off admission to a whopping 42 San Diego museums and attractions.
The passes are a great value – just one will cover half off admission for up to four guests! Museum Month passes are good throughout the rest of the month, which means you only have about a week left to take advantage of the deal before it’s gone.
San Diego’s Museum Month passes draw tens of thousands of visitors to its museums each year - take a look at our top three favorite museums so that you can start planning ahead to avoid lines and make the most out of your trip:
Exhibits at the Air and Space Museum span from the world’s first hot air balloon ride in 1783 to modern day space shuttle missions and aircrafts. Visitors love the human focus running through each exhibit, featuring the manufacturers, mechanics, and other workers often overlooked when it comes to studying planes and aircrafts.
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit, one of the museum’s newest and most popular exhibits, will entertain your entire family with oddities from around the world. Keep an eye out for a sculpture of Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon – you may have to squint, though, because the entire sculpture is in the eye of a needle. A full size replica of Bumblebee, of Transformers fame, made of recycled cars is also a staple of the bizarre exhibit.
The Birch Aquarium is located on a hilltop overlooking La Jolla Beach and the Pacific Ocean, presenting perfect photo opportunities before you even step inside the door! Once you’re in, there’s a number of exhibits to check out: the Shark Reef, Living Tidal Pools, and the Kelp Forest are just a few.
There’s Something About Seahorses is one of the latest Birch Aquarium exhibits – if you visit, you won’t leave the aquarium without learning something new about one of the ocean’s most intriguing creatures. Learn about what makes a seahorse a fish, where they like to live, and what they look like as babies in the seahorse nursery.
The San Diego Museum of Man is much more than a look at man’s history; the museum is part history museum, part art institute, and all parts educational and fun. Permanent fixtures include Egyptian mummies and the Kumeyaay exhibit on Native Californians dating back to the 1700s. The museum is located in Balboa Park, and is an easy walk from other top San Diego attractions.
The museum’s currently most popular exhibit is also its most controversial. Instruments of Torture surveys methods of torture from the medieval era to current day tactics, and asks visitors questions such as, “Are people the real instruments of torture?” This thought-provoking exhibit is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
If you are looking for more family-friendly exhibits, the museum has those too. The interactive exhibit access/ABILITY is designed to celebrate the lives of people living with disabilities and to encourage all people to respect and understand the challenges those with disabilities undergo in their pursuit of living active, fulfilling lives. Visitors can interact with six different exhibit areas which include opportunities like learning American Sign Language and navigating through a wheelchair obstacle course.
Whichever museums you chose to visit, don’t forget to take advantage of the best of San Diego‘s Museum Month this week before the deal is gone!