Another must-see on your Museum Month list should be a trip to Birch Aquarium, where the only thing better than the breathtaking view of the Pacific is the amazing collection of sea-life! As the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Birch Aquarium features all kinds of marine creatures including a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a Giant Pacific Octopus, Garibaldi and Moon Jellies. Don’t miss Seadragons & Seahorses, which features one of the largest seadragon habitats in the world, or the outdoor tide pools where guests can touch juvenile sharks and other local creatures.
(Note: Advanced reservations for a specific date and time are required for all guests, even Aquarium members. For discounted Museum Month admissions, use code MuseumMonth22 at checkout. Discount is limited to 4 tickets. Face coverings are required for everyone 2 and older, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. The use of N95 or KN95 masks is strongly encouraged.)
A new art exhibition opens at the La Jolla Historical Society’s Wisteria Cottage Gallery on February 5. Memory Traces: Artists Transform the Archive features seven San Diego artists, working across mediums, whose practices investigate memory, history, and how meaning is created from fragments of the past. These artists mined the Society’s archive of photographs, ephemera and objects, and selected material to take as a point of departure for making new work. Memory Traces, which draws its title from a 1925 essay by Sigmund Freud, activates the Society’s archive with imaginative and diverse interpretations that affirm the fluid relationship between past and present. (Note: Admission to the gallery is free.)