Is there a museum on your list that you’ve been meaning to go to? Here is your chance. Help San Diego County museums celebrate their 23rd Annual Museum Month by picking up a Museum Month Pass at Macy’s. This pass will allow visitors and residents the opportunity to explore museums at half-off admission fees throughout the month. Pass holders may bring up to three people with them to any participating museum and everyone in the group will receive the discount.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates. Attendees will enjoy the interactive exhibit, “Boundless Energy,” which shares ways to use renewable energy of the wind, sun and waves to assure a bright future with clear skies, clean water, and healthy oceans.
U.S.S. Midway offers a chance to explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 25 restored aircraft.
Entertainment For All Ages
San Diego Model Railroad Museum is one of the largest indoor model railroad displays in the world with both children and adults of all ages heading to this museum to check out the miniature representations of California railroads.
The Whaley House attracts over 100,000 visitors each year with guests traveling from across the globe to experience this world-renowned museum and its ghostly legends. It is owned by San Diego County and since September of 2000 Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) has managed and operated the property.
Oceanside Museum of Art will bring a variety of exhibitions in February 2012 including The Point of View: William Glen Crooks; OMA Artist Alliance, which opens on February 4; and Beachhead! Contemporary Art Storms the Shore: The School of The La Jolla Art Center, 1060-1964, which opens on Feb. 26; among others. The Museum will also feature a Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 12.
San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, fire safe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. On-site, the Hamilton Children’s Garden stands as the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast, offering ample opportunities for kids to learn about nature.
The Who, What, When and Where
A Museum Month Pass is free and valid February 1-29, 2012. They can be picked up at any of the Macy’s 14 locations in the San Diego area, Temecula and Imperial Valley. The pass is good for the 40 participating museums listed below.
Adobe Chapel Museum
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Coronado Museum of History & Art
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Heritage of the Americas Museum
La Jolla Historical Society
LUX Art Institute
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House & Gardens
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art (downtown)
Museum of Contemporary Art (La Jolla)
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
Oceanside Museum of Art
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego History Center Museum & Library
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Natural History Museum
Save our Heritage Organization
The New Children’s Museum
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veteran’s Museum & Memorial Center
Visions Art Museum
Whaley House Museum
Women’s Museum of California
Go get your pass and support our local museums! Tell your friends too.
Photo credit: Peter Carney for Balboa Park