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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a historic aircraft carrier. The USS Midway, the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th Century and one of San Diego’s most popular attractions! The USS Midway Museum has dozens of restored vintage aircraft, including jets and helicopters, on the outside 4-acre flight deck and below in the main hangar. For many, this section is a highlight of visiting the USS Midway Museum.
The Museum’s docents bring the Midway’s history to life, with fascinating accounts of launching and landing naval aircraft aboard the ship, as well as their own stories of adventure on the high seas. Museum Month offers a great savings opportunity for one of the hottest museum tickets in town. Present you printed or digital Museum Month pass at the ticket booth for 1/2 priced Museum Month admission. (no online sales)
Local history buffs will enjoy a trip back in time at this San Diego landmark, built when the Gaslamp Quarter was still known as “New Town.” Museum Month admission includes a self-guided tour of the home. For an additional fee, you can also take a Historical Walking Tour of the Gaslamp with a Museum docent to learn the stories behind the beautiful Victorian buildings that adorn the district.
Check out the Steam and Splendor: Treasures From The Ocean Liner And Cruise Ship Ephemera Collection exhibit, located on the Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley. The exhibit cover more than 100 years of ocean-going recreational and destination travel, during the great age of steam, and invite visitors to journey back in time to the era of the great ocean liners of the twentieth century – among them the Titanic, SS Normandie, the SS United States, the Empress of Britain and many others.
The Museum Month pass provides access to the Museum’s extensive collection of historic vessels, including indoor exhibits and below-deck galleries. If you’re looking to take your maritime adventure up a notch, you can add on a boat tour or sailing adventure on San Diego Bay for an additional fee.
Explore the all-new Brain Observatory in Downtown San Diego this February. The “brainchild” of Dr. Jacopo Annese, it is part laboratory, part museum and a world-wide archive of human brains for educational and research purposes.
Tour an authentic research laboratory and meet the brains that made neuroscience history. Dr. Jacopo Annese, neuroscientist and Director of The Brain Observatory will guide you through his new downtown anatomical laboratory and neuroscience showroom. The tour is an unprecedented exposure to the world of science and the occasion to experience brain research in the making. The tour also offers children activities at the intersection of art and science. Book your half-price Museum Month tour here. (all Museum Month tours must be booked online)
Because adults can’t be the only ones to enjoy all the Museum Month fun, a trip to The New Children’s Museum is a must for families with little ones. Check out the Museum’s, Teatro Piñata installation, featuring an immersive theatre world where children can play with props, dress up in costume, crawl through a secret tunnel and put on a show on the main stage. Kids will also love Whammock!, an interactive, three-dimensional textile environment of colorful crocheted hexagons, open pockets and hanging pendulums.
Museum Month half off discount valid weekdays (reminder the museumis closed Tuesdays) in February, excluding Feb. 16th and Feb. 19th.
One of the best ways to understand San Diego’s Chinatown origin story, is to head into the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on 3rd Avenue. Located in the heart of San Diego’s downtown Asian Pacific Historic District where the historical San Diego Chinatown once stood, SDCHM has been a stalwart defender of San Diego’s API history currently celebrating over 35 years of special events, exhibitions, and programs.
The museum captures the essence of San Diego’s Chinese history with scale models of old Chinatown homes and businesses, an exhibit on local Chinese hand laundries, archeological remnants from the sites of old Chinatown buildings, a registry of local Chinese American veterans and numerous Chinese art pieces and antiques. A serene garden with a waterfall and serpentine stone path completes the Mission building setting. We also have an extension building that showcases temporary exhibits that rotate twice yearly.
And make sure your downtown for the 41st Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair on February 24 & 25 at 3rd Ave & J St, Downtown San Diego in front of the museum.
Located in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp neighborhood, WNDR is a multisensory interactive art and technology experience that is designed to ignite curiosity within each of us.
What makes the WNDR Museum San Diego completely unique is that it is purely immersive. Visitors can engage in more than 20 multi-sensory installations through sight, sound, touch and movement. And each visitor can make it their own. The museum has curated world-class art by provocative artists and continues to lean into cutting-edge technologies to enhance the experience.
Museum Month visitors can get 50% off full-price ticket on Wednesday and Thursdays this month (excepting Valentine’s Day). You can show printed or digital pass at the door or purchase in advance with code: SDMuseumMonth. Download the pass here to get the link.