Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego, San Diego

San Diego has over 90 amazing museums. They reflect the incredible variety and interests of the region. The museums present a wide range of collections from classic to contemporary art and from natural history to science. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous museums in San Diego.
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Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego Map

Guide Name: Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego
Guide Location: USA » San Diego (See other walking tours in San Diego)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: doris
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San Diego Museum of Man

1) San Diego Museum of Man (must see)

The San Diego Museum of Man is one of the best anthropological style institutions in the United States. It is centrally located in Balboa Park, at 1350 El Prado. Besides being a popular attraction for tourists that come to visit the city, it is also a wonderful historic landmark.

The permanent exhibits here focus on Pre-Columbian history. There are items on display, however, that take the viewer all the way to the history of the Native Americans who populated this part of North America. You...   view more
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Mingei International Museum

2) Mingei International Museum (must see)

Editor's Note: Mingei International Museum's Balboa Park location is closed for renovation. It will reopen in late 2019/early 2020.

This location is one of the best international museums in the United States. There are thousands of tourists that come to visit here each year. The name of the museum means “the art of the people” in Japanese, and that is the focus of the exhibits located inside. You can find displays from Indonesia, Central America, Japan and China. There is also a...   view more
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San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA)

3) San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) (must see)

The San Diego Museum of Art is another fine facility located in the Balboa Park portion of the city. It has a very eclectic collection of things to see, but it does place special emphasis on Spanish art. The museum opened to the public in February of 1926 and has been pleasing tourists ever since. It is the largest and oldest museum of its kind in the Southwest portion of the United States. Five hundred thousand people a year visit this location.

The actual building was designed by William...   view more
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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

4) San Diego Model Railroad Museum (must see)

Model train fans get ready because the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is the largest such institution in the world. It covers a gigantic 28,000 square feet. There are four different model train layouts here, which were built by various clubs in the area. You can find an exhibit in O, HO, and N scale. It is also the only accredited museum of its kind in the United States.

If you have kids, you will also want to see the Toy Train Gallery located inside. There is an interactive train display...   view more
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Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)

5) Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) (must see)

The Museum of Photographic Arts is completely devoted to the art of photography in all its myriad forms. There are over 9,000 photos to see here that span a date range from the 1800s to the present. In fact, some of these displays may surprise you, as they cover quite an eclectic range of subjects.

The institution was started in 1983. They try to thematically present culture, social issues, and history in a way that helps to bring it to life through the photographic medium of various parts of...   view more
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San Diego Natural History Museum

6) San Diego Natural History Museum (must see)

The San Diego Natural History Museum got its start in 1874. In those days, it was called the Society of Natural History. It is located in Balboa Park at 1788 El Prado. It has been located in the same place now since January of 1933. As such, it is the third oldest such institution west of the Mississippi River and is the oldest in the state of California. An addition to the building was added in 2001, which gave the location twice as much room for exhibits.

As the name of the museum implies,...   view more

Walking Tours in San Diego, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Diego

Create Your Own Walk in San Diego

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Diego is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Jewell of a city adorning the Pacific coast of California, San Diego is a popular destination renowned for its beaches, parks and warm climate. On this walk you will visit some of San Diego's main and less known attractions situated in the historic downtown area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

San Diego is famous for its buzzy nightlife. There are plenty of clubs and lounges in the city that offer a relaxing atmosphere, a chance to strike a nice conversation, enjoy great cocktails - classic signature martinis and beautifully mixed drinks with fine liquor atop, and party crazy all night long. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter is a historical neighborhood established in 1876. It features 16 blocks of wonderful buildings, unique shops, amazing galleries and a wide range of restaurants. This tour highlights some of the most important tourists attractions in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave San Diego without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Diego, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave San Diego without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Diego, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Core-Columbia Nightlife

Core-Columbia Nightlife

San Diego is famous for its buzzy nightlife. There are plenty of clubs and lounges in the city that offer a relaxing atmosphere, a chance to strike a nice conversation, enjoy great cocktails - classic signature martinis and beautifully mixed drinks with fine liquor atop, and party crazy all night long. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km

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Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Gifts That Say San Diego

Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Gifts That Say San Diego

San Diego is known for its beautiful, temperate climate, but you can’t take the weather home with you. If you want a piece of San Diego as a souvenir, it’s best to shop with the natives. Whether it is made locally or just made famous locally, following are 14 perfect gifts that capture the...