Explore a unique San Diego County experience with these membership opportunities
Here’s a quick guide to all the best Museum memberships in San Diego County. Get free admission, digital guest passes, discounts on ticketed events and purchases from museum gift stores. Some museums offer Member Only programs, advanced class and summer camp registrations and more. Explore the all great benefits available by clicking on one of the FUN museums listed below.
Plus giving a gift membership is a great way to support Museums while also sharing your love of art, history, nature and FUN with someone who matters to you.
Gifts that Keep on Giving
A membership to any of these organizations is a bottomless gift of fun, culture and adventure, along with guest passes, discounts and other perks.
Balboa Park Museum Memberships
Balboa Park is known as the cultural heart of San Diego for a reason. Share the experience and FUN of art, history and science with a gift Membership at one or more of the seventeen Cultural Institutions located throughout the Park.
Capturing the magic of Comic-Con all year round.
Fleet Science Center
Engaging science lovers of all ages.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Central)
The Park’s home for progressive and experimental art.
Japanese Friendship Garden
An immersive experience of Japanese gardens and culture.
Marston House Museum & Gardens
Celebrating quintessential California architecture.
Mingei Intenational Museum
Find folk art, craft, and design from around the world.
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
Offering new perspectives on photography, film, and video.
Museum of Us
Exploring the human experience through unique, interactive exhibitions.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Explore the fun of science, space, and aviation history.
San Diego Automotive Museum
Exploring the history and evolution of the automobile.
San Diego History Center
Shining a light on the rich culture and heritage of San Diego.
San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT)
Explore the natural wonders, both past and present of Southern California
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Climb aboard and appreciate the wonders of beautifully engineered imagination.
The San Diego Museum of Art
Cultivate your curiosity through great works of art.
Timken Museum of Art
Discover fine art in the “jewel box” of Balboa Park.
WorldBeat Cultural Center
Healing the world through music, art, dance, and culture.
Downtown San Diego Museum Memberships
Some of San Diego’s best museums are located in the downtown area! Take a look at this list of downtown (or near downtown) museums, and get your culture on with a Museum Membership!
USS Midway Museum
Explore the Navy’s longest serving carrier of the 20th century.
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton
Local history buffs will enjoy a trip back in time at this San Diego landmark house.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Explore one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships.
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Discover our world of contemporary art in Downtown San Diego.
New Children’s Museum
Inspiring children through art and creativity
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Celebrating Chinese-American culture & art in San Diego.
The Whaley House Museum
Explore the history of San Diego and visit America’s Most Haunted House.
Junípero Serra Museum
This iconic regional landmark is located just above Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Coastal North County Museum Memberships
North County San Diego is brimming with culture and is home to some fascinating and fun museums that offer great membership programs.
Explore the history and fun of surfing in this Oceanside Museum.
Discover and play musical instruments & learn the story of how instruments were made, used, and sold.
The Garden features 37 acres, 29 gardens, and 5300+ plant species and varieties, representing 15 regions of the world.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Torrey Pines Conservancy members are a special group of people from San Diego — and all over the world — who love Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
North County (Inland) Museum Memberships
North Inland San Diego delivers a cultural experience featuring a variety of great destinations.
California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido
The Museum seeks to provide North County San Diego with access to relevant, thought-provoking, and wide-ranging exhibitions that highlight contemporary artwork.
San Diego Archaeological Center
Learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 years.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) North
Museum & working studio with modern works in various media by internationally recognized artists.
Enjoy a road trip to San Diego’s backcountry to see this hidden gem.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Children learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation through hands-on science, art, and world culture activities.
East County Museum Memberships
East San Diego County boast plenty thought-provoking cultural experiences. and gift memberships let you explore the FUN all year long.
Heritage of the Americas Museum
The museum is filled with exquisite artifacts and specimens housed in four major wings.
La Mesa Depot Museum
The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa, California’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station.
Transports you to another time when lemon orchards and packing houses were the lifeblood of Lemon Grove.
The Water Conservation Garden
Excellent exhibits and programs that promote water conservation and the sustainable use of related natural resources.
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
A must-see destination for railroad enthusiasts and for families seeking a memorable day trip.
Santa Ysabel General Store
An operating, interpretive general store with retail goods such as back-to-nature gifts, wares for home and garden, antiques, plus books and guides for the naturalist and cultural tourist.
Arts District Liberty Station / Pt. Loma Museum Memberships
This is the place where artists can showcase their craft in art, performance, design, fashion, culinary deliciousness, and more.
Visions Museum of Textile Art
Focuses on contemporary quilts, textiles and fiber as fine art.
MCRD Command Museum
The Museum focuses on the history of the Marine Corps in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Cabrillo National Monument
A visit to San Diego’s “only” National Park offers tremendous views of the San Diego region and excellent opportunities to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the area.
La Jolla Museum Memberships
La Jolla is home to incredible museums, outdoor sculptures and murals, and more. Memberships give you exclusive access and year-round free admission.
View a stunning variety of colorful marine life featured in more than 60 habitats.
Includes exhibitions, presentations, symposia, discussions, interviews, architecture tours, youth education and more exploring the history of La Jolla.
MCASD La Jolla
Explore contemporary art through our galleries, programs.
South Bay Museum Memberships
Experience dramatic sculptures, beautiful art, science, nature and more that capture the passion of the local artistic residents and the spirit of neighborhoods like Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, San Ysidro, and Port of San Diego Bayfront. San Diego’s South Bay has some notable compelling art worth seeing.
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
Dedicated to preserving, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, arts, crafts, and aesthetic facets of the region.
Living Coast Discovery Center
An intimate zoo and aquarium featuring the unique animals native to the Southern California coastline.
Coronado Museum Memberships
Who doesn’t love a drive over the iconic Coronado Bridge, with some of the best views in San Diego? Coronado Historical Association Members enjoy going on our docent-guided tours, attending exhibit openings, lectures and special events such as our annual Historic Home Tour. We have fun! Participating as a member is a great way to make new friends and meet neighbors. Our members are involved and contribute to the community. Best of all, you will be supporting one of the things we all love most about Coronado – our history.
Other Museum Memberships
Looking for a fun new museums to experience? Check out these neighborhood gems.
J.A. Cooley Museum
Experience over 109 years of auto manufacturing and 36 other rare collections.
San Diego Police Museum
Presents the history of San Diego’s police department with wonderful collection of artifacts dating from the late 1800’s to the present.
Women’s Museum of California
Educates and inspires present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of diverse women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting their stories.
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California State Parks – San Diego Coast District Park Passes
San Diego Coast District manages 13 parks from Carlsbad State Beach to the extreme southwest corner of the continental United States at Border Field State Park. Some of the most visited parks in the system are included in these urban areas. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the home of the original Mexican pueblo of San Diego, and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, the home of the endangered Torrey Pine, both enjoy hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Are you a frequent visitor to a favorite state park or love to sample the beauty of the state from north to south? A California State Parks Pass may be for you.