What's The Big Museum Exchange?
Starting May 1 to May 18 anyone who is a member at one of the participating San Diego Museums (listed below) can enjoy free admission to the others during the two-week promotion. A single-person membership at a participating museum provides one free admission to another, while a family-level membership provides access for up to four guests.
This is a great program that gives museum members a unique opportunity to explore San Diego's diverse arts and cultural scene, by visiting the many museums, historical sites, gardens, aquariums/zoos in America's Finest City!
“The Big Exchange is like a free trial membership, so it’s great opportunity to check out someplace new or that you haven’t visited for a while,” said San Diego Museum Council Executive Director Theresa Kosen. “Our goal is to encourage museum membership growth in the region. We hope San Diegans will discover some new favorites and decide to support them after the exchange by purchasing memberships and enjoying the many year-round benefits.”
The Big Exchange began in 2015, and since then it has grown in popularity 8,000 people take part in the exchange annually.
This is How it Works?
To receive complimentary admission, members simply present their membership card at each participating museum’s visitor services desk. Free admission does not include special upcharge exhibitions, films or events. Balboa Park Explorer pass holders are not included in this program. For more information, please visit www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.
2018 Participating Organizations:
|Barona Museum & Cultural Center
|San Diego Art Institute
|Birch Aquarium at Scripps
|San Diego Automotive Museum
|San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
|California Surf Museum
|San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
|Coronado Museum of History & Art
|San Diego Archaeological Center
|Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
|San Diego History Center
|Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
|San Diego Model Railroad Museum
|Heritage of the Americas Museum
|San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
|Japanese Friendship Garden
|The New Children's Museum
|Living Coast Discovery Center
|The San Diego Museum of Art
|Maritime Museum of San Diego
|Timken Museum of Art
|Marston House Museum & Garden
|USS Midway Museum
|Mingei International Museum
|Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
|Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
|Visions Art Museum
|Museum of Making Music
|Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
|Museum of Photographic Arts
|The Water Conservation Garden
|New Americans Museum
|Whaley House Museum
|Oceanside Museum of Art
|Women's Museum of California
About the San Diego Museum Council
The San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) represents San Diego County’s museum community by increasing awareness, connecting, and providing services to the diverse museums within its members. With more than 40 unique arts and culture destinations as members, the SDMC presents three annual promotions: the Big Exchange, Macy’s Museum Month, and Kids Free in October.
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