Reopening Guide to San Diego Museums

San Diego’s museums are truly exceptional — they’re just as much a reason to plan a trip here as our fantastic weather, beaches, and theme parks. And with pandemic lockdowns lifting statewide, there’s never been a better time to visit.

If you’ve been hoping to get back in to see the treasures at the most popular museums in “America’s Finest City,” then here’s your guide to what’s open and when.

The New Children’s Museum (4.4 miles from the hotel)

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This delightful museum for kids of all ages is open now, and features interactive exhibits in several themed areas that encourage kids to grow and learn through exploration. Due to the “hands-on” nature of many of the exhibits, the New Children’s Museum is taking extra safety precautions. The exhibit floor is open Friday to Monday for two 3-hour sessions per day (mornings are from 9am-12pm, and afternoons run from 1pm-4pm). Guests will be asked to depart the floor every day between 12–1pm, during which time all exhibits will be reset and sanitized. More information is available at the museum’s Plan Your Visit page

200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


The Museum of Us (4.4 miles away)

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The Museum of Us offers visitors an engrossing anthropological journey into the nature of what it means to be human. The museum is open to the public, but is still observing important safety protocols for visitors. Appropriate face coverings will be mandatory. Clear shields are in place at the admission desk, online ticketing is encouraged, and hand sanitizer stations will be made available throughout the Museum. Guests will also be provided with a suggested route through the museum in order to promote appropriate social distancing. For more information, visit the Museum of Us Reopening Guidelines Page.

1350 El Prado, Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101


San Diego Museum of Art (4.8 miles away)

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Featuring one of the most impressive collections of art in the world, the San Diego Museum of Art draws visitors from everywhere to experience the power of creativity. The museum is once again open at full capacity, although many safety protocols are still in effect. All guests more than two years of age will be required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times. Visitors are encouraged to use the SDMA Mobile App for self-guided tours, as paper maps and brochures will not be available. Clear shielding, hand sanitizer stations and enhanced cleaning protocols are still in use, as well. More information is available at the SDMA Reopening Page.   

1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA


San Diego Air and Space Museum (5 miles away)

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The focus is on aeronautics and space exploration at this inspiring museum, which features many original artifacts and one-of-a-kind exhibits. While the museum has opened at full capacity again, guests will still be asked to wear appropriate face coverings, maintain appropriate social distancing, purchase tickets online in advance of their visit, and make use of the hand-sanitizer stations placed throughout the exhibit floor. Visit the museum’s Safety Protocols page for answers to additional questions.  

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101


Fleet Science Center (5.6 miles away)

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Given their stated mission to “realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science,” the Fleet Science Center and Heikoff IMAX Giant Dome Theater (now open) represent a fantastic educational opportunity through a series of presentations and exhibits. In order to protect vaccine-ineligible children and the immunocompromised, the museum requires all guests to wear a CDC- approved mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status. Enhanced cleaning protocols, sanitizer stations and clear shielding will also remain in place. For additional information, visit the center’s Health & Safety Guidelines page.   

1875 El Prado, Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101


San Diego Natural History Museum (6.5 miles away)

The Nat — as it’s affectionately known by patrons and locals — has offered visitors innumerable exhibits focused on the natural history and unique biodiversity of the region since its founding in 1874. The museum is now open 10am–4pm from Friday–Tuesday. Wednesdays and Thursdays, the museum will be closed. Enhanced cleaning protocols are being observed, but fully-vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks. Plan your visit here.   

1788 El Prado, Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101


Birch Aquarium at Scripps (12.2 miles away)

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This world-renowned aquarium — open now — features more than 60 habitats housing countless ocean life species from all over the west coast. In addition, the adjacent oceanographic museum includes exhibits and discoveries on earth science, climate, and marine biology. In order to ensure the safety of all guests, appropriate face coverings must be worn by visitors ages 2 and up. Advance reservations are also required for all visitors in order to limit group sizes. Stop by the aquarium’s Know Before You Visit page for a full set of required guidelines. 

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037