Supporting and investing in
San Diego's cultural legacy.
Balboa Park is one of the most widely visited and photographed destinations in San Diego and hosts its renowned arts and cultural institutions among its green spaces. The largest urban cultural park in the United States, Balboa Park includes some of the finest Spanish-Baroque Revival structures in America with much of the present Park constructed for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. Today, this cultural legacy provides San Diego — and the world — one of the most extraordinary landscapes for art, theatre, science, and history. Join us in continuing to expand these exceptional institutions of learning and experience.
San Diego History Center
The museum showcases the region's unique, colorful history exhibiting artifacts, costumes, textiles, art, furniture, photographs and periodic traveling exhibitions detailing life and development of the local area.
San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest continuously producing youth theatre in the United States offering six productions in the Casa del Prado Theatre and seven satellite productions each year. It offers a full range of theatre arts classes and camps for children ages 3–18.
San Diego Museum of Art
The region's oldest and largest visual arts museum presents stellar collections of European, American, Asian, and contemporary art, major traveling exhibitions, and a year-round schedule of concerts, performances, films, and lectures.
Mingei International Museum
Mingei International Museum collects and exhibits historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design from all cultures of the world. This is art of the people--objects made by hand for use in daily life.
San Diego Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of Man is the city's only museum devoted to anthropology. With its Spanish colonial and mission style architecture, the landmark building was originally constructed for the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition. Today, a key focus of the museum is to create and display dynamic and educational anthropological exhibits about people and places throughout the Americas and around the world.
Museum of Photographic Arts
The Museum of Photographic Arts houses more than 7,000 works, representing the entire history of photography, its aesthetic movements, and technological advancements. Illustrating the complex and varied history of the medium, the museum's collection is particularly strong in modern and contemporary work, social documentary photography and photojournalism. The museum is also home to a state–of–the-art movie theater.
San Diego Natural
TheNat, is a venerable centerpiece institution on the Prado, with its own rich history of over 135 years. An active scientific research institution, the museum presents relevant, exciting exhibitions, giant-screen 3-D films, and over 300 programs a year to the public.
The Old Globe
The internationally acclaimed, Tony Award–winning Old Globe is one of the most esteemed regional theaters in the country. The Globe boasts three unique venues: the historic Old Globe Theatre, the intimate Cassius Carter Centre Stage, and the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
Fleet Science Center
The Fleet Science Center is home to Southern California’s only 76-foot giant dome theater featuring daily IMAX® films and full-dome digital planetarium shows. Visitors of all ages experience seven hands-on galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. The Fleet Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.
Timken Museum of Art
The world-class Putnam Foundation Collection is on permanent display in the Timken Museum of Art. European old master paintings, Russian icons and American art constitute the primary focus of the collection in an intimate setting and with perennially free admission. The Timken Museum of Art makes gallery hopping fun and kid-friendly with the bilingual "Touring the Timken Museum of Art" children's coloring book and guidebook.