Know Before You Go

  • Open hours: 10 AM – 4 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Advance tickets are not required.
  • Masks (or facial coverings) are required for ages 3+, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All exhibitions are open. Don’t miss our newest exhibition, California Blooming. The theater is open so guests can enjoy films in the Subaru Giant Screen Experience. Café may be available for grab-and-go options. The museum store is partially open, but we invite you to shop online.

Here’s how we ask you to help us.

  • Do not visit if you have a fever or cough. We’ve been around for over 145 years; we’ll be here when you’re feeling better.
  • Credit/Debit card transactions are preferred.
  • Wear your face covering.
  • Be patient. You may experience brief wait times as our visitor services and operations teams conduct cleanings or help direct foot traffic.

We’ve instituted increased cleanings before, during, and after open hours (thanks to our operations crew!).

These guidelines were created based on best health practices and with feedback from you—our community—in order to keep our staff, volunteers, and guests as safe as possible. We’ve been in this together and are grateful to have you back to your home in Balboa Park.

More Resources

If you are looking for additional information to help inform your decisions or would like a list of local resources, please check out the following:

Stay safe and well! We're here for you.

Not the right time to visit?

Whether you're choosing to continue to shelter-in-place or are simply unsure you can visit at this time, we're still right there with you...digitally!

And, finally, if you're able, please consider a small donation. Our work in education and conservation relies a lot on admissions, so every little bit helps. Thank you.