San Diego Museum Council and the San Diego County Membership Managers Collaborative consider the health and safety of our members, guests, staff and volunteers to be our highest priority. With many museums closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and reopening dates still uncertain, The Big Exchange has been postponed. We will reassess the situation in the coming months in collaboration with our partners. Thank you for your understanding.
Membership has its privileges
The Big Exchange, taking place May 1 through 18, gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.
Simply head to your favorite participating museum, tell your guest services representative that you are there for “The Big Exchange,” then show your member card from any participating museum for complimentary reciprocal admission. Maximum of four people per membership.
Each membership is reciprocal per guest or membership status. For example, a single membership would enjoy a similar access for one attendee at a participating museum. A family membership might enjoy entrance for up to four guests at another participating museum.
Barona Cultural Center and Museum*
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Bonita Museum and Cultural Center
California Center of the Arts, Escondido Museum†
California Surf Museum
Coronado Museum of History and Art*
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum*
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum*
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House Museum and Gardens
Mingei International Museum††
Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, Downtown
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts*
New Americans Museum*
Oceanside Museum of Art
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Botanic Garden‡
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum*
San Diego History Center*
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT)
The New Children’s Museum
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center*
USS Midway Museum
Visions Art Museum*
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
Whaley House Museum
† – Reciprocal admission offered at California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum from May 1 – May 10
††Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park is currently closed for a major transformation. Find Café Mingei and Shop Mingei in the ARTS DISTRICT in Liberty Station, and visit mingei.org for updates on offsite exhibitions, programs and events around San Diego county.
‡ Reciprocal admission will not be accepted on May 9 at San Diego Botanic Garden
* – Denotes museums that are free or donation-based.
Please note: Neither the Balboa Park Explorer Pass or the Go San Diego Card will be accepted as part of this offer. This reciprocal admission offer requires current proof of membership from one of the participating museums listed above.