Know Before You Go

  • New open hours: 10 AM – 4 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Advance tickets are not required.
  • Per CDC recommendations and to keep our community safe:
    • It is strongly recommended that all guests wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Guests who are not fully vaccinated, including children ages 3-12, are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the Museum.
  • All exhibitions open. Don’t miss our newest exhibition, California Blooming. The theater is open so guests can enjoy films in the Subaru Giant Screen Experience. Café may be available for grab-and-go options. The store is closed due to a planned remodel, but we invite you to shop online.

Here’s how we ask you to help us.

  • Do not visit if you have a fever or cough. We’ve been around for over 145 years; we’ll be here when you’re feeling better.
  • Credit/Debit card transactions are preferred.
  • Wear your face covering.
  • Be patient. You may experience brief wait times as our visitor services and operations teams conduct cleanings or help direct foot traffic.

We’re instituting increased cleanings before, during, and after open hours (thanks to our operations crew!). Staff screen daily through a state-of-the-art thermal scanner prior to entering the Museum, though a majority of employees will continue to work from home.

These guidelines were created based on best health practices, guidelines from the County of San Diego, and with feedback from you—our community. We’ve been in this together and are grateful to welcome you back to your home in Balboa Park.

More Resources

If you are looking for additional information to help inform your decisions or would like a list of local resources, please check out the following:

Stay safe and well! We're here for you.

Not the right time to visit?

Whether you're choosing to continue to shelter-in-place or are simply unsure you can visit at this time, we're still right there with you...digitally!

And, finally, if you're able, please consider a small donation. Our work in education and conservation relies a lot on admissions, so every little bit helps. Thank you.