Unexpectedly, my and I spent about two hours at the San Diego History Center’s Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss exhibit. (Update: It is no longer on display.) This is well above our average visit time to most museums in Balboa Park (at least when she is in tow), but due to how appealing this fantastic exhibit is to anyone who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books.

Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) is one of La Jolla’s most famous residents and was a valued advocate for our seaside community as a member of the La Jolla Town Council. The view from his home office was a source of inspiration, according to this article from LIFE magazine.

Dr. Seuss in his home office in La Jolla, CA

The exhibit features a collection of authorized estate editions adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original paintings, drawings and sculpture. These items are on display with exclusive permission from his family.

The exhibit itself isn’t enormous, but it’s very well done. Not only is there a small library with big floor cushions on which you may enjoy a number of Dr. Seuss books at your leisure, but each section features a different craft for you and the kids to do.

dr seuss san diego history center crafts

My daughter made trees and plants out of pipe cleaners in honor of The Lorax, paper hats and more.

Dr. Seuss at the San Diego History Center

To be honest, if we weren’t pressed for time I think she would have cycled through each of the craft tables again.

Dr. Seuss La Jolla Birdwomen

Some of the art on display depicts a Dr. Seuss that most people aren’t familiar with. His “Midnight Paintings” aren’t exactly what one might find in his children’s books. Particularly fascinating are the Birdwomen, though to represent his take on La Jolla socialites.

Then, take a few minutes to tour the kids around the rest of the museum. My daughter always loves figuring out where we and all of her friends live on the giant floor map of San Diego.

Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss Admission Details

Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss’ is normally included with general admission. However, this exhibit is NOT included with Resident’s FREE Tuesday admission, on FREE Tuesday our prices for Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss are:

  • $5 adults, seniors, students, military (retired & dependents)
  • $2 youth ages 6-17
  • Free children ages 0-5, active duty military, SDHC members
  • Explorer and Go pass holders are free but require check in at the Admissions desk

Dr. Seuss plays a role in San Diego’s history so I would highly encourage you to take the kids to the San Diego History Center while the exhibit is still live. You have until December 31, 2015.

(Also, we are absolutely loving our Balboa Park Explorer Pass that allows year-round admission to each of the museums. It’s $199 for the entire family.)

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. I have a January 27, 1976 Letter Geisel sent me when my name was Carol Geisel and I lived in La Mesa. I wanted to know if we were related. You may find that letter interesting.