Hidden San Diego: Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park

Did you know Balboa Park venues offer free admission on Tuesdays?

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Believe it or not, there are still things in life that feed the mind and soul and are free. And no, I'm not talking about the beach. I'm talking about Balboa Park, and if you've never stepped foot in any of the Park's wonderful museums and art galleries, well, you ave no excuse not to.

Because I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: you can get in for free.

Yes, I said FREE. As a public service to San Diego, most of the Park's museums and galleries offer free admission on Tuesdays every month. Now, as a disclaimer, not every venue is free each Tuesday: the Park rotates them on each Tuesday, so certain museums are free on certain Tuesdays of the month. Also, be forewarned, the free admission typically applies only to the venue's permanent collections, not any special event, attraction or exhibit which may be in process at the time of your visit.

Nevertheless, it's a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with some culture in the city's jewel of a park all for the right price. Here is the schedule of free admissions for each month, subject to change:

First Tuesday

  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
    Centro Cultural de la Raza
    Model Railroad Museum***
    Natural History Museum***
    *** Free to San Diego County Residents and Active Military only

Second Tuesday

  • Museum of Photographic Arts
    Museum of San Diego History
    Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center

    Third Tuesday

    • San Diego Art Institute
      San Diego Museum of Art
      San Diego Museum of Man
      Japanese Friendship Garden ***
      *** Free to San Diego County Residents and Active Military only Mingei International Museum

    Fourth Tuesday

    • San Diego Air & Space Museum***
      San Diego Automotive Museum (last admission 3:45pm) **
      San Diego Hall of Champions***
      House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
      *** Free to San Diego County Residents and Active Military only

      Fifth Tuesday

      • Normal museum prices in effect.
        The Timken Museum of Art is always free.

      Note: Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only and charge admission to special exhibitions or films San Diego Natural History Museum and A Day in Pompeii Exhibition:. The Pompeii exhibition requires a separately priced ticket. Strollers are NOT allowed in the San Diego Natural History Museum during Residents' Free Tuesdays.