Museums in San Diego

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Museums in San Diego

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  • Kimberly A
    Baton Rouge, LA3 contributions
    The USS Midway Museum was an unexpected surprise. I went reluctantly, but really enjoyed every second of it.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • jabariu18
    Tualatin, OR27 contributions
    The view from the deck alone was worth the price of admission. Wonderful exhibits that are very kid friendly. Great staff and overall, a wonderful experience.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Michelle G
    6 contributions
    With some museums, you walk around a big building and read signs next to an artifact or two, but with this museum you walk through the historical ships. Ships range from steam powered to old sailing vessels and it gives an excellent sense of history.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • wheatonnitz
    Wheaton, IL624 contributions
    My wife and I toured the museum and found it to be a great experience. I really enjoyed the WWII planes, but it was all very informative. I would highly recommend it.
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • GlobalGypsy_13
    San Diego, CA2 687 contributions
    For a dose of modern art before the La Jolla location reopens in 2021, head downtown for some cutting edge art. In a space adjacent to and across the stree from the Santa Fe train station your modern art sensibilities will be expanded. The challenge may be to find nearby parking. On a Saturday afternoon we did find metered parking about 2 blocks away; there are also paid lots in the area.
    Written 29 February 2020
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  • 668stephana
    Ephrata, PA66 contributions
    A work-in-progress (aren't all layouts?) - this is a must for train fans of all ages. They display several gauge trains - O, HO and more - professionally done and absolutely wonderful to see. This is one of the best model train museums I have ever seen - so reaslistic looking and extremely well laid-out!
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • Andrew K
    New York City, NY825 contributions
    Wonderful presentation, free, and by appointment, of a private collection of maps and atlases. Many examples of world maps, early US maps, the Caribbean, Asia, etc., as well as pictorial maps. Well worth at least an hour.
    Written 2 March 2022
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  • karendyer
    La Jolla, CA23 contributions
    I recommend you sign up for a tour so you can learn the stories behind these outdoor art installations. James de Silva established the collection and enticed world renown artists to participate. Thought provoking and very interesting...something for everyone. UC San Diego is currently undergoing a major building expansion so do sign up for a guide to traverse the construction maze.
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • Jill R
    Grandview, MO118 contributions
    This shop is full of fantastic items and numerous collectors pieces. I visited this shop twice. Well worth the visit.
    Written 5 February 2020
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  • Dick L
    Union City, CA24 contributions
    The Old Town Model Railroad Depot is worth your time when visiting San Diego’s Old Town. The Old Town Trolley Tour begins and ends its tours (Stop A) in Old Town so there are multiple opportunities to stop by and visit, and admission is included if you are already on the trolley tour. The train display is of trains meandering through any town USA with nostalgic references throughout the display. The diorama is divided in two sections, where one room has trains travelling through the day and the second has the same trains travelling through the night. The buildings and landscaping are constructed with great detail providing you with wonderful visual experience. The staff is friendly, informative and welcoming. It appears that the entire operation is created and managed by model train enthusiasts who want to share what they have created. The self-guided tour can be as quick or slow as you wish with steps up providing views at many levels and perspectives. Photography is allowed and a small wall of train themed items are available for purchase. The visit to the Old Town Model Railroad Depot will not take much of your time but could be one of the fun memories of your visit to San Diego’s Old Town.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • Vera B
    Tucson, AZ99 contributions
    The selection of Gorman creations ranges from small tiles to sculptures to enormous canvases or ptints. Something for every budget for the fan of this Navajo artist. One of four galleries in the country showing his work.
    Written 28 August 2021
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  • MominOC
    Orange County, CA4 472 contributions
    Nothing was open while were there but we did enjoy the huge area that allowed us to walk open spaces.
    Written 10 April 2020
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  • mom747
    boston,ma37 contributions
    We enjoyed speaking with the ladies who were at the desk and learning more about the history of LaJOlla
    Written 3 April 2016
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  • Polin R
    San Diego, CA61 contributions
    Good and Modern Hospital, with a new cardiac pavilion and emergency room with good care for patients
    Written 18 August 2019
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  • themurrayfamily
    Sheffield, UK307 contributions
    An entertaining and education museum/gallery/play zone which our 4 and 2 year olds thoroughly enjoyed. We spent a good few hours here with a break for lunch. There was lots to do and some things you don't get to do everyday - like paint a car, clamber all over art installations etc. I'd recommend a visit if you have young children.
    Written 27 February 2020
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