January 27th, 2013
Feb. 1 to 28, 2013: 28 Days, 42 Museums, 50% Off!
February is Museum Month in San Diego!
Now in its 24th year, San Diego Museum Month is the time of year when San Diego individuals, families, visitors, explorers, adventurers, history buffs, art enthusiasts, animal and plant lovers, culture-seekers – everyone – can visit participating San Diego County museums and institutions for half price all month long with a free Museum Month Pass.
A long standing San Diego tradition drawing over 35,000 visitors last year, Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote awareness of San Diego’s museums, historical sites, educational institutions and cultural offerings. Since that time the promotion has grown to become a cultural tradition on a level witnessed by very few cities in the country.
“Museum Month will serve as an ideal platform for culture-seekers to discover new inspirations in 2013,” said Jessica Crawford, president of San Diego Museum Council’s Board of Directors. “Thanks to Macy’s, we’re able showcase the diversity of museums San Diego has to offer at an exceptional discount.”
Here is a sample of some of the activities to explore during Museum Month 2013:
San Diego Air & Space Museum will host the widely popular Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibit for the first time in San Diego since 1935. Opening on February 1st, the exhibit will be filled with strange and bizarre items from around the world that inspired a franchise including books, comic books and television shows.
Museum of Contemporary Art (La Jolla), in collaboration with the Timken Museum of Art and The San Diego Museum of Art, will host Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums through February 10th. Bringing together the finest artwork from three San Diego art museums, Behold America! includes an array of paintings, sculptures and photography from the colonial period to present. Additionally, the downtown location will open the Scoli Acosta: Elementalisthmus exhibition on February 4th, featuring the artwork of Los Angeles-based artist Scoli Acosta.
The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego will continue to host its TRASH Exhibition filled with original, contemporary art designed and transformed by trash. In preparation for a new art and food-focused exhibition opening in Fall 2013, guests can visit the “Test Kitchen” to catch a peek at some of the developing artwork that will later be showcased. Additionally, the museum will host a Valentine’s Day drop-in activity on February 14th for guests to create and design heartwarming cards with custom stamping tools.
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) opens Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders on February 22nd, featuring bizarre and unusual insects from around the world. Fashioned as a circus sideshow attraction, the exhibit will include a special San Diego-only section that highlights the remarkably odd insects that crawl around and inhabit San Diego County.
Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park will reveal a new exhibition of the international travels by photographer Jessica Lange called UNSEEN: The Photographs of Jessica Lange. Featuring images taken from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States, Lange exposes the beauty and mystery found in her travels through each photograph.
LUX Art Institute will feature an exhibit by the Spanish-born sculptor Carlos Vega throughout the entire month of February. Originally created from large-scale malleable metal palates, Vega’s artwork includes carved lead panels that hint to his traditional Spanish heritage.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps invites guests to dive deep into an exploration of the sea to discover the world of kelp during the month of February. Programs include weekly dive shows and interactive projects through Think Tank, a new collaborative onsite learning experience that is included with admission.
How to Participate in Museum Month:
Visit participating San Diego County museums and institutions for half price during the month of February with your free Museum Month Pass. You can pick up your Museum Month Pass from any Macy’s Department Store in San Diego County, Temecula or Imperial Valley starting February 1, 2013. Museum Month Passes will be available (while supplies last) and valid from February 1, 2013 to February 28, 2013. The Pass is free of charge, no purchase is necessary.
Then, take your Museum Month Pass to any of the 42 participating museums and institutions and enjoy 50% off the regular price of admission all month long! Guests with a Pass may bring up to three people with them to any participating museum to receive half-off, too. You can reuse your Museum Pass to visit as many museums as you want during the entire month of February.
Museums and institutions participating in San Diego Museum Month 2013 include:
- Barona Cultural Center & Museum
- Birch Aquarium at Scripps
- Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
- California Surf Museum
- Coronado Historical Association and Museum of History & Art
- Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
- Gaslamp Museum at William H. Davis House
- Heritage of the Americas Museum
- Japanese Friendship Garden
- La Jolla Historical Society
- Living Coast Discovery Center
- LUX Art Institute
- Maritime Museum of San Diego
- Marston House & Gardens
- Mingei International Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Downtown)
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)
- Museum of Making Music
- Museum of Photographic Arts
- Oceanside Museum of Art
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
- San Diego Air & Space Museum
- San Diego Archaeological Center
- San Diego Automotive Museum
- San Diego Botanic Garden
- San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
- San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
- San Diego History Center
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum
- San Diego Museum of Art
- San Diego Natural History Museum
- Serra Museum
- The New Children’s Museum
- The Water Conservation Garden
- Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Timken Museum of Art
- USS Midway Museum
- Veteran’s Museum & Memorial Center
- Visions Art Museum
- Warner-Carrillo Ranch House & Museum
- Whaley House Museum
- Women’s Museum of California
Enjoy Museum Month 2013, San Diego!
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