It’s that time of year again! During the entire month of February, individuals can pick up a free Museum Month Pass at local Macy’s stores to receive half-off admission at 42 San Diego County museums all month long. Guests with a pass may bring up to three people with them to any participating museum to receive half-off admission, too. Last year, more than 35,000 visitors used the Museum Month Pass to visit museums at half-price.
New San Diego Museum Exhibits to See!
San Diego Air & Space Museum will host the widely popular “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” exhibit for the first time in San Diego since 1935. Opening on Feb 1., the exhibit will be filled with strange and bizarre items from around the world that inspired a franchise including books, comic books and television shows.
Museum of Contemporary Art’s La Jolla location, in collaboration with the Timken Museum of Art and The San Diego Museum of Art, will host “Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums” through Feb. 10. Bringing together the finest artwork from three San Diego art museums, “Behold America!” includes an array of paintings, sculptures and photography from the colonial period to present. Additionally, the downtown location will open the “Scoli Acosta: Elementalisthmus” exhibition on Feb. 4, featuring the artwork of Los Angeles-based artist Scoli Acosta.
The New Children’s Museum in downtown will continue to host its TRASH Exhibition filled with original, contemporary art designed and transformed by trash. In preparation for a new art and food-focused exhibition opening in Fall 2013, guests can visit the “Test Kitchen” to catch a peek at some of the developing artwork that will later be showcased. Additionally, the museum will host a Valentine’s Day drop-in activity on Feb. 14 for guests to create and design heartwarming cards with custom stamping tools.
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) opens “Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders” on Feb. 22, featuring bizarre and unusual insects from around the world. Fashioned as a circus sideshow attraction, the exhibit will include a special San Diego-only section that highlights the remarkably odd insects that crawl around and inhabit San Diego County.
Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will reveal a new exhibition of the international travels by photographer Jessica Lange called “UNSEEN: The Photographs of Jessica Lange.” Featuring images taken from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States, Lange exposes the beauty and mystery found in her travels through each photograph.
LUX Art Institute will feature an exhibit by the Spanish-born sculptor Carlos Vega throughout the entire month of February. Originally created from large-scale malleable metal palates, Vega’s artwork includes carved lead panels that hint to his traditional Spanish heritage.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps invites guests to dive deep into an exploration of the sea to discover the world of kelp during the month of February. Programs include weekly dive shows and interactive projects through “Think Tank,” a new collaborative onsite learning experience that is included with admission.
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
California Surf Museum
Coronado Historical Association and Museum of History & Art
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at Wm. H. Davis House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
La Jolla Historical Society
Living Coast Discovery Center
LUX Art Institute
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House & Gardens
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 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 Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Natural History Museum
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
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House & Museum
Whaley House Museum
Women’s Museum of California