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“A good small museum that knows its stuff”

San Diego History Center
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Ranked #178 of 430 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: San Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.
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“A good small museum that knows its stuff”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

I find that this museum does a fine job in a small space. We were especially impressed by the Depression-era naturalistic wall paintings of San Diego Harbor and the surrounding countryside as well as the more stylized scenes of Spanish exploration and construction practices. I found the "Walk on San Diego" giant floor map unusual and it certainly attracted the attention of several visitors, one in a wheel chair who navigated herself to places of interest thereon. The refurbished stage coach and the gold-colored statue of Justice were also worth a look. The exhibition of landscape paintings was a knock out. One that featured a border confrontation between Minute Men in a phalanx of cars with headlights playing out from the US side and folk trying to slip across illegally from Mexico was especially arresting. Kudos to the organizers.

Visited December 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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218 reviews
68 attraction reviews
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“old synagoge”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

It wasa big surprise to find the old synagoge well kept and surounded with green grass, just in the middle of the old city. A very interesting place.

Visited August 2013
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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14 attraction reviews
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“Over-priced and offers very little”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

This museum should have been sponsored by the city; it should have been free. I have enjoyed the San Diego History Center's "Timeline of San Diego History" on their website; but the Center itself is a disorganized collection of nothing without proper captioning. It was very scattered and confusing. Save yourself the $8 cost of admission and search "San Diego Timeline" on Google. You'll be rewarded with a better chronological experience.

Visited July 2013
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San Diego, California, United States
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122 reviews
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“Beer at the History Center”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Many people don't realize it but San Diego is a huge beer mecca. There are over 30 microbreweries in the county and almost that many set to open in the next year. Therefore it makes perfect sense that The History Center in Balboa Park is running a special exhibition on San Diego Craft Breweries in San Diego County. It's extremely well done and helps visitors gain a better understanding of how this industry literally mushroomed throughout San Diego county and has become a well-deserved source of pride for the region.

Visited May 2013
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Rancho San Diego, CA
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“Always Something New To Learn Here”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

I visit this museum about once a year and this year was no disapointment. The special exhibit on San Diego Craft Breweries was a treat even tho I'm not a beer drinker! Stop by for a lesson on this fast-growing industry that's putting San Diego on the international map. Ask for Matt if he's not hanging around. His passion on this subject will draw you in!

Visited May 2013
Thank Jett P
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