9 Museums in Marina That You Shouldn't Miss

August 23, 2021 Weston Hennigan

San Diego embodies laid-back California culture, complete with a Boardwalk, surfing communities, and outstanding Mexican food. Breathe in the fresh ocean air at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, then gobble down a fresh fish taco at a La Jolla seafood joint. The naval aircrafts at the USS Midway Museum will have you standing at attention. A free Sunday concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is the perfect way to unwind after a Saturday night bar-hop in the thumping Gaslamp Quarter.
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1. USS Midway Museum

910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-5811 +1 619-544-9600 [email protected] http://www.midway.org
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USS Midway Museum

Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway (Museum) was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Today, the interactive museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family as guests walk in the footsteps of the 225,000 young men who served on Midway. Visitors explore a floating city at sea, the amazing flight deck and its 29 restored aircraft, flight simulators, and are inspired in the Battle of Midway Theater, included with admission. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, French and German. Visiting Midway is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in San Diego, known around the world as "Navy Town, USA."

Reviewed By NewfiePupLover - Des Moines, United States

We visited the USS Midway on our way to the airport when heading out of San Diego from our Spring Break trip, and I'm glad that we did. Our young kids (8, 8 & 6) enjoyed the airplanes on display and walking through the various decks of the ships, including the internal warfare room, map rooms, etc. The individual audio tour packs (like an iPod) were excellent and allowed each person to listen and learn about all aspects of the ship, the aircraft, personal stories from soldiers who worked on the ship, war stories, etc. There is a great gift shop on the ship, and there is also food available as well as water & soda machines placed throughout the ship. I would highly recommend this site for anyone interested in history, but really for just about anyone of any age. It was a great experience. We were on the ship for about 2 hours, although if you had the time you could spend an entire day looking around and interacting with all of the staff/volunteers and exhibits.

789 W Harbor Dr Ste. 154, San Diego, CA 92101-7710 +1 619-693-5343 [email protected] http://lorilfineartgallery.com
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Lori L Fine Art Gallery showcases contemporary yet, relatable art from ten mid-career & modern-day masters, working in traditional and non-traditional mediums. In addition to their stable of artists, they feature a monthly guest artist, rotationally.

3. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

404 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6803 +1 619-338-9888 [email protected] http://www.sdchm.org
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

Discover the best kept secret in downtown San Diego. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Chinese and Chinese American art, culture and history. Exhibits include a hand-carved bed that belonged to a Chinese warlord, a 1500-year-old limestone Buddha head, a tranquil Asian garden and koi pond, intricate miniature models of old Chinatown buildings, and there are always new exhibits in our new extension building.

Reviewed By GlobalGypsy_13 - San Diego, United States

This small museum on a downtown corner tells the story of the Chinese in San Diego through objects & a courtyard garden with sculptures and a koi pond; at 9 a.m. on Saturdays all are welcome to a free Tai Chi/Qi Gong class.. There's also an active monthly lecture program at a nearby building and a special exhibit in the annex across the street. The fun dragon show just closed (Jan. 2020) and next up is Chinese children paintings. Admission includes all 3 venues. There's a small gift counter in the annex and metered street parking. For a memorable cultural experience head to the Gaslamp area in downtown San Diego.

4. Arredon Art

501 W Broadway Suite 800, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92101 +1 858-454-1231 [email protected] http://www.arredonart.com
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Arredon Art

Arredon Art is a San Diego based art gallery representing established contemporary artists from around the world. Specializing in paintings, sculptures, prints and sketches. Since 2013, we have passionately promoted the understanding and love of the visual arts through our close relationships with our artists, collectors, and communities. Visit our online gallery to view current exhibitions or contact us to schedule a private viewing. Please visit our events page to learn about our temporary exhibitions throughout the San Diego area. Be Inspired. Leave a Legacy. Live.Art.Life.

5. The New Children's Museum

200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6850 +1 619-233-8792 [email protected] http://www.thinkplaycreate.org/
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4.0 based on 190 reviews

The New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

Reviewed By scottpB134TX

My grandson loved the art focus as well as the opportunity to climb and get out energy. Rates much higher than most children's museums.

6. Wonderspaces San Diego

1140 N Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101, San Diego, CA 92101-3365 +1 619-236-0011 [email protected] http://sandiego.wonderspaces.com/
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Wonderspaces San Diego

Wonderspaces partners with artists to deliver artwork to new audiences throughout the country. Our mission is to create shared understanding through shared experiences.

7. Wyland Galleries

855 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-7703 +1 619-544-9995 http://www.wyland.com/galleries/
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Wyland Galleries

8. Art San Diego

111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, San Diego, CA 92101-7822 [email protected] http://art-sandiego.com/
Art San Diego

Explore an amazing array of contemporary and modern art at Art San Diego, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center located along the beautiful waterfront setting of San Diego Bay. Entering its second decade this fall, Art San Diego is unique in bringing exceptional artwork from local, national, and international galleries together alongside outstanding show programming, live entertainment,

725 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101-3312 +1 619-501-6370 [email protected] http://art.sdsu.edu/sdsu-downtown-gallery/

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