Best museums in San Diego

Check out the top museums in San Diego, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. San Diego Zoo
1. San Diego Zoo
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356 local reviews
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 619-231-1515
ZooPoint of interestEstablishment
Angi
An aviation and space exploration museum located in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building, whi…
Gina
The roar of a lion from the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915 inspired Dr. Harry Wegeforth to…
Dorothy
Balboa Park Balboa Art Museum Air and Space Museum Climb the Balboa Tower Point Loma Lighthouse Gas Lamp Distr…
1. San Diego Zoo
1. San Diego Zoo
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356 local reviews
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 619-231-1515
Angi
Angi
An aviation and space exploration museum located in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building, which is listed on the National R…
Gina
Gina
The roar of a lion from the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915 inspired Dr. Harry Wegeforth to start a zoo in San Diego. Now…
Dorothy
Dorothy
Balboa Park Balboa Art Museum Air and Space Museum Climb the Balboa Tower Point Loma Lighthouse Gas Lamp District Old Town SanDiego Coronado…
2. Gaslamp Quarter
2. Gaslamp Quarter
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153 local reviews
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
NeighborhoodPolitical
Anette
Downtown San Diego is only 15 minutes driving distance. Lots of bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from the…
Gina
The Heart of San Diego's Nightlife Rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern sk…
Janet & Scott
The Heart of San Diego's Nightlife. The 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers ,…
2. Gaslamp Quarter
2. Gaslamp Quarter
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153 local reviews
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Anette
Anette
Downtown San Diego is only 15 minutes driving distance. Lots of bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from there. Visit the harbor for incre…
Gina
Gina
The Heart of San Diego's Nightlife Rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers that stand side by s…
Janet & Scott
Janet & Scott
The Heart of San Diego's Nightlife. The 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers , housing more than 100 of the …
3. Torrey Pines State Reserve
3. Torrey Pines State Reserve
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200 local reviews
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
+1 858-755-2063
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Genevieve
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla, …
Brett & Krys
Beautiful and not to hard of a hike. You do have to pay (I think about $10) to park at the top. But it is wort…
Hilary
Great place to see beautiful Torrey Pine trees (they only grow in this region). You can hike down a beautiful …
3. Torrey Pines State Reserve
3. Torrey Pines State Reserve
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200 local reviews
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
+1 858-755-2063
Genevieve
Genevieve
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla, off North Torrey Pines Road. A…
Brett & Krys
Brett & Krys
Beautiful and not to hard of a hike. You do have to pay (I think about $10) to park at the top. But it is worth the trip and there is an ado…
Hilary
Hilary
Great place to see beautiful Torrey Pine trees (they only grow in this region). You can hike down a beautiful trail to the beach. State park…
4. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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39 local reviews
4002 Wallace St, San Diego
+1 619-220-5422
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Gina
This is the Birthplace of California! Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to exper…
Susan
Experience the history of early San Diego here! Historic buildings include museums, unique retail shops, and r…
Scott
This is a historic state park, restored to resemble the old west when San Diego was first settled. There are w…
4. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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39 local reviews
4002 Wallace St, San Diego
+1 619-220-5422
Gina
Gina
This is the Birthplace of California! Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San…
Susan
Susan
Experience the history of early San Diego here! Historic buildings include museums, unique retail shops, and restaurants. We love getting fr…
Scott
Scott
This is a historic state park, restored to resemble the old west when San Diego was first settled. There are wood sidewalks and dirt roads. …
5. USS Midway Museum
5. USS Midway Museum
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77 local reviews
910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 619-544-9600
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Janet & Scott
This is by far the best aircraft carrier museum in the nation! The ship hosts all sorts of events and is a hig…
Doug
This is by far the best aircraft carrier museum in the nation! The ship hosts all sorts of events and is a hi…
Ed
Rated one of Top Ten Museums in the nation. This is a really unique museum: a WWII era aircraft carrier, liter…
5. USS Midway Museum
5. USS Midway Museum
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77 local reviews
910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 619-544-9600
Janet & Scott
Janet & Scott
This is by far the best aircraft carrier museum in the nation! The ship hosts all sorts of events and is a highlight of any visit to San Die…
Doug
Doug
This is by far the best aircraft carrier museum in the nation! The ship hosts all sorts of events and is a highlight of any visit to San Di…
Ed
Ed
Rated one of Top Ten Museums in the nation. This is a really unique museum: a WWII era aircraft carrier, literally a "city at sea". Thousand…
6. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
6. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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49 local reviews
2300 Expedition Way, San Diego
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 858-534-3474
AquariumPoint of interestEstablishment
Belinda
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Ocean…
Jomo & Meredith
Their World Awaits! See more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats plus a museum featuring cutting edge research fr…
Sheila & Keziah
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and in…
6. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
6. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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49 local reviews
2300 Expedition Way, San Diego
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 858-534-3474
Belinda
Belinda
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perch…
Jomo & Meredith
Jomo & Meredith
Their World Awaits! See more than 5,000 fish in 60+ habitats plus a museum featuring cutting edge research from Scripps Institution of Ocea…
Sheila & Keziah
Sheila & Keziah
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold wate…
7. Mission Trails Regional Park
7. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Troy
Easy to hard trails through classic southern California vegetation. One to the mission dam. Docent guides. B…
Jessica V.
Hiking trails and a modern visitors' center and museum that highlights the Native Americans who used to thrive…
John
Great hiking in a huge open space park. Includes Cowles Mountain, highest point in city limits and a number of…
7. Mission Trails Regional Park
7. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
Troy
Troy
Easy to hard trails through classic southern California vegetation. One to the mission dam. Docent guides. Beautiful museum with expansive…
Jessica V.
Jessica V.
Hiking trails and a modern visitors' center and museum that highlights the Native Americans who used to thrive in this area.
John
John
Great hiking in a huge open space park. Includes Cowles Mountain, highest point in city limits and a number of other peaks to enjoy.
8. Balboa Park
8. Balboa Park
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523 local reviews
Balboa Park, San Diego
+1 619-239-0512
ParkMuseumPoint of interest
Gina
As one traveler put it: "This is the green and leafy heart of the city where a multitude of activities and nea…
Nicole
Balboa Park San Diego offers lots to do in a single area. If you're interested in learning about science, art …
Donna
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open s…
8. Balboa Park
8. Balboa Park
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523 local reviews
Balboa Park, San Diego
+1 619-239-0512
Gina
Gina
As one traveler put it: "This is the green and leafy heart of the city where a multitude of activities and nearby attractions await. But if …
Nicole
Nicole
Balboa Park San Diego offers lots to do in a single area. If you're interested in learning about science, art and history, you can check out…
Donna
Donna
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation…
9. Old Town
9. Old Town
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160 local reviews
Old Town, San Diego
NeighborhoodPolitical
Janet & Scott
This is a historic state park, restored to resemble the old west when San Diego was first settled. There are w…
William
Located five miles from the cottage, Historic Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California, where the firs…
Hilary
This is where San Diego started--before the pioneers came. This town was founded by the "Californians" (Spania…
9. Old Town
9. Old Town
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160 local reviews
Old Town, San Diego
Janet & Scott
Janet & Scott
This is a historic state park, restored to resemble the old west when San Diego was first settled. There are wood sidewalks and dirt roads. …
William
William
Located five miles from the cottage, Historic Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California, where the first Europeans settled. History …
Hilary
Hilary
This is where San Diego started--before the pioneers came. This town was founded by the "Californians" (Spaniards). There are great places t…
10. Liberty Station
10. Liberty Station
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23 local reviews
Liberty Station, San Diego
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Joanne
Liberty Station is a planned community with great restaurants eclectic shopping venues and many planned events…
Sarah
Museums, restaurants, shopping, theater, etc.
Cora
Lots of Restaurants, Trader Joe's, Von's, Museums, Park and a variety of Events throughout the year!
10. Liberty Station
10. Liberty Station
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23 local reviews
Liberty Station, San Diego
Joanne
Joanne
Liberty Station is a planned community with great restaurants eclectic shopping venues and many planned events. Find art museums and shows …
Sarah
Sarah
Museums, restaurants, shopping, theater, etc.
Cora
Cora
Lots of Restaurants, Trader Joe's, Von's, Museums, Park and a variety of Events throughout the year!
11. Prado
11. Prado
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30 local reviews
1549 El Prado, San Diego
Closed · Opens 11:30 AM
+1 619-557-9441
BarRestaurantFood
Doug
Great place to eat. Recommend parking by Natural History museum and walking through Prado walkway by museums…
Kim
When in the park visiting museums, taking in a concert at the organ pavilion or just wandering around, stop in…
Les
The Prado is an iconic San Diego landmark and was the site of the 1915 Panama-California exhibition. Today, i…
11. Prado
11. Prado
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30 local reviews
1549 El Prado, San Diego
Closed · Opens 11:30 AM
+1 619-557-9441
Doug
Doug
Great place to eat. Recommend parking by Natural History museum and walking through Prado walkway by museums. Also, sit outside at first-c…
Kim
Kim
When in the park visiting museums, taking in a concert at the organ pavilion or just wandering around, stop in for a drink, appetizer or a w…
Les
Les
The Prado is an iconic San Diego landmark and was the site of the 1915 Panama-California exhibition. Today, it's home to several museums, g…
12. San Diego Natural History Museum
12. San Diego Natural History Museum
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13 local reviews
1788 El Prado, San Diego
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 619-232-3821
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Doug
Natural history museum is great with varying exhibits. Also host occasional spotlight speakers.
Felipe
Really nice natural history museum
Monica And Michael
The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of Southern California—from past…
12. San Diego Natural History Museum
12. San Diego Natural History Museum
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13 local reviews
1788 El Prado, San Diego
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 619-232-3821
Doug
Doug
Natural history museum is great with varying exhibits. Also host occasional spotlight speakers.
Felipe
Felipe
Really nice natural history museum
Monica And Michael
Monica And Michael
The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of Southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego N…