The Magic of Comic-Con, All Year Round
Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park’s newest addition, offers fans a chance to see a world-class collection by day and join an exciting community by night. Visitors can experience exhibitions, programs and events featuring comics and popular art drawn from across the Comic-Con universe. The world-class Comic–Con Museum in San Diego is a gateway to popular art, culture, and life-long learning!
As part of Comic Con, the world renowned comics and popular arts convention, the Comic-Con Museum is a participatory space focused on bringing together diverse audiences for shared vibrant experiences featuring comics, film, science/fiction, fantasy, TV shows, books, video games, anime, or other related popular arts. With immersive exhibits that change seasonally, hands-on STEAM based art making activities, panels, movie screenings, and other dynamic programming, you will always find something new and exciting to explore.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
The Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park has two exhibitions now open, one devoted to animation, the other to comic book cover art. Featuring interactive stations and original art, “The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels’’ will be the museum’s headlining exhibition of the new year and explores the history of animation over the years from hand-drawn cels and stop-motion, to computer-generated imagery (CGI) and digital animation. Also opening NOW OPEN is “Cover Story,” which explores Comic-Con’s 50-year history through its program covers and original artwork produced for the event. Read more…
The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels® Feb 4-Sep 10, 2023
Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels® was created by Stage Nine Design and is distributed by Exhibits Development Group
Now Open – You’ll love learning more about the magical world of animation through The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels. The many interactive stations in this exhibition provide opportunities for visitors to create and experiment. Explore animation and storytelling, from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop-motion and CGI.
Trino’s World Apr 25-Jul 5, 2023
Produced in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, this exhibition is dedicated to master humorist and one of the most popular and celebrated cartoonists in Mexico, José Trinidad Camacho, better known as Trino.
Cover Story: Five Decades of Comic-Con Feb 4-Sep 10, 2023
A look at the over 50-year history of Comic-Con featuring illustrations by some of the most famous comic book artists, including Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Sergio Aragonés, Frank Miller, Moebius, Alex Ross, Jim Lee, and John Romita Sr. & Jr.
PAC-MAN™ Arcade Jan 1-Sep 10, 2023
Born on May 22, 1980, PAC-MAN™ immediately rose to meteoric popularity, first in video game arcades, then on the pop culture stage, and later through an array of branding and entertainment appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The Art of Comic-Con Masquerade
Come and enjoy and celebrate not just the importance of costuming to the popular arts, but also the ingenuity, skills, and hard work of our costumers.
Coming this July
The Comic-Con Museum will be hoppin’ at San Diego Comic-Con this year, with Stan Lee (“Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee“) and the “Cowboy Bebop 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition”, as well as a My Hero Academia installation, and more, opening on Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Find the FUN and read more in this great blog post from Kerry Dixon. Read more here…
Visit Comic-Con Museum
2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday 10am to 5pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Last entrance at 4:30 pm.
2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA