San Diego

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center

  • Exhibits on the cultural history of the region, focusing on Native American occupation and Early American settlement
  • Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute sponsors an annual Archaeology Weekend and tours
  • Begole Archaeological Research Center houses collections and provides facilities for research
  • Location: at the end of Pal Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs
  • Open Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Call to check hours)
  • Admission: free
  • Call (760) 767-5311
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Barona Museum and Cultural Center

  • Explores the past, present, and future of the Barona Band of Mission Indians and San Diego Native Americans
  • Dedicated to education, providing a hands-on history lesson to preserve the history and culture of San Diego’s Native Americans
  • Location: 1095 Barona Road in Lakeside
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., closed Mondays and some holidays; call to check; research and group tours by appointment
  • Call (619) 443-7003 ext. 2
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Maritime Museum of San Diego

  • Features exhibits on the maritime history of San Diego and coastal California
  • Location: 1492 North Harbor Drive in San Diego
  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $8 adults, $6 children (13-17) and seniors, $5 children (6-12), children under 6 are free
  • Call (619) 234-9153
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Mission San Diego de Alcala

  • One of the original upper California missions
  • School tours are offered
  • Location: 10818 San Diego Mission Road in San Diego
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 adults, $3 students and children (7-17), children under 7 are free
  • Call (619) 283-7319
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Mission San Luis Rey

  • Established in 1798 by Father Lasuen
  • Location: 4050 Mission Avenue in Oceanside
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 adults, $3 students and children (7-17), children under 7 are free, $18 families
  • Call (760) 757-3651
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Museum of Man

  • Features a permanent exhibit on Kumeyaay Native Californians, detailing the lifeways of the indigenous people of San Diego County
  • Sponsors an annual Rock Art Symposium
  • Location: 1350 El Prado in Balboa Park in San Diego
  • Call (619) 239-2001
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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

  • Many historic exhibits and buildings, along with shops and restaurants
  • Location: San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Call (619) 220-5422
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San Diego Archaeological Center

  • Curates artifacts documenting 10,000 years of history
  • The public can enjoy learning about the prehistory and history of the region through educational programs and museum quality exhibits.
  • A research library and comparative collections are available for professional and amateur researchers.
  • Educational programs are available on request.
  • Volunteer and intern opportunities are available.
  • Location: 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido
  • Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Call (760) 291-0370; Fax (760) 291-0371
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San Diego County Archaeological Society

  • A nonprofit scientific and educational corporation dedicated to the study and preservation of the archaeological and anthropological heritage of San Diego County and contiguous areas
  • Meeting location: Los Peñasquitos Ranch adobe. See the web site for directions.
  • Call (858) 538-0935
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Serra Museum at Presidio Park

  • Mission-style building was constructed in 1929
  • Showcases artifacts such as housewares, furniture, tools, and a cannon from the Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American periods through 1929
  • On-line exhibit: “Treasures Uncovered at the San Diego Presidio”
  • Location: 2727 Presidio Drive, in Presidio Park above Old Town State Historic Park in San Diego,
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
  • Admission: $5 adults, $2 children 6-17, $4 students, seniors, military, and group
  • Call (619) 297-3258
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