Field of collaborators expands for Museum Month

courtesy photo Lemon Grove Parsonage Museum

Now in its 35th year, the San Diego Museum Council announced that San Diego Museum month is returning Feb. 1-29, for the first time expanding cultural sites in Tijuana and Baja California, making this the largest and most diverse Museum Month in its history with more that 70 regional sites offering half-off admission throughout the month.

“As we celebrate cross-border collaborations during the World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024, we’re excited to welcome Baja California museums and galleries to Museum Month for the first time,” said San Diego Museum Council Executive Director Bob Lehman in a statement. “We hope this collaboration is the first of many to come as we promote our region as a global arts and culture destination.”

This year, San Diego Museum Month is also an officially endorsed project of World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024, a year-long international showcase that recognizes cities for their effective use of design to enhance economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life through unique experiences and explorations that stimulate thinking and bring communities together. San Diego Tijuana is the first cross-border region to be designated World Design Capital and the first time a U.S. city has been selected. Museum Month 2024 is supported by First 5 San Diego. Additional funding is provided by the California Arts Council, San
Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, County of San Diego and The Pecus Group.

“One of the best ways for children to learn is through hands-on experiences and that is exactly what museums allow them to do,” said Alethea Arguilez, executive director of First 5 San Diego. “Museum Month provides such a great opportunity for parents to engage their children in art, science, music, history and more. Most importantly, they get to do it together as a family, which is vital for the healthy development of children. With half off admission to more than 70 museums and other sites this year, both in San Diego and in Baja, there really is something every family can enjoy together, while learning and connecting.”

San Diego Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote the region’s diverse range of high-quality cultural offerings during a traditionally slow period for most local museums. It has since grown to become a wildly popular program with both locals and tourists alike. In 2023, more than 110,000 people enjoyed half-off admission at local museums during Museum Month. The expansion into Mexico is expected to set a new record for participation.

The Museum Month pass is available for free at local libraries throughout San Diego County. Each Museum Month pass can be used for up to four half-priced admissions at any of the participating museums.

Museum Month passes will be available beginning on Jan. 26 at over 80 public libraries located throughout San Diego County, including branches managed by the City and County of San Diego and the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Escondido, National City and Oceanside.

Digital versions of the Museum Month pass will also be made available on Feb. 1 on the San Diego Museum Council website. Guests will be able to download passes for each museum they would like to visit directly to their phones.

East County
Barona Cultural Center and Museum
California Wolf Center
Heritage of the Americas
La Mesa Depot
Lemon Grove Parsonage Museum
Water Conservation Garden
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum