frequently asked questions


What are the Museum hours?
How much time should I plan for my visit?
Does the Museum have wheelchairs?
Does the Museum have strollers?
What's the rule on backpacks?
Is photography allowed?
Is there a diaper changing area?
What are the directions and is there parking at the Museum?
How can I get to the Museum using public transportation?
What's Residents Free Tuesday?
Is there a place to eat at the Museum?
Can I bring food and drinks into the Museum?
Are service animals allowed into the Museum?
Does the Museum allow re-entry?
Is there a lost and found?
What is there to do for kids and families?
What's the 3D/4D Zable Theater?
Does the Museum accommodate field trips and group tours?
Can I become a member of the Museum?
What is Balboa Park?
Are there day and multi-day passes to Balboa Park?

answers

Hours & Days of Operation: We are open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm). Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Hours subject to change. Note: the Kid's Aviation Action Hangar is closed on Resident Free Tuesdays (fourth Tuesday of each month).


How much time should I plan for my visit? There are many things to see and do at the Museumn - special exhibitions, our 3D/4D Zable Theater, the Kids Aviation Action Hangar, flight simulators and all of the wonderful Museum galleries. Most guests spend one to two hours in the Museum but many spend much longer watching video presentations and reading the narratives of our outstanding collection.


Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are available at no cost on a first-come-first-served basis while in the Museum. Identification is held at the Admissions? desk while wheelchair is in use. The Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.


Strollers: Strollers are welcome in the Museum. The Museum does not rent strollers.


Backpacks: Backpacks are welcome in the Museum. School groups may be asked to have children leave their backpacks in a central area.


Photography: Non-commercial photography and video recording are permitted in the Museum. Commercial photography is not allowed without the written consent of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. To arrange a commercial photo or video recording session please contact the Museum at (619) 234-8291 x 140.


Diaper Changing Area: Both the Women's & Men's restrooms have fold-down diaper changing stations.


Driving Directions & Parking: Free parking is available directly in front of the Museum. Parking often fills quickly on weekends, holidays and during summer months. Additional free parking is available behind the San Diego Hall of Champions and behind the Air & Space Museum. For directions to the Museum visit our Direction's page by clicking here.


Public Transportation: The Museum is easily accessed using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). The two main bus routes through Balboa Park are:

  • Route 120 - Downtown - Kearny Mesa Transit Center via Hillcrest, Fashion Valley & Linda Vista
  • Route 7 - Downtown - La Mesa


Residents Free Tuesday: The general Museum galleries are free to San Diego County Residents, Active Duty Military and their dependents, and San Diego County College Students on the Fourth Tuesday of each month. A picture ID verifying SD County residency is required. Special Exhibitions are not included. The Museum is often at full capacity on Residents Free Tuesday. Don't want to fight the crowds? Consider a Museum membership that provides entry to the Museum 363 days a year.


Dining: The Alaska Airlines Flight Path Grill is open on the Museum's Observation Deck on most weekends, holidays, Resident Free Tuesdays, and every day during the summer months. Click here to view the current hours.


Food & Beverage: There are many beautiful areas to picnic in Balboa Park. Food and beverages are not permitted in the Museum.


Service Animals: The Museum welcomes services dogs and their handlers. Pets are not allowed.


Re-entry: Same day re-entry is allowed with a valid ticket.


Lost & Found: Please contact us if you lost something while visiting. Provide a complete description and contact information in case your item is located. (619) 234-8291 x 100 or click here.


Kids & Families: We offer a very kid-friendly environment. Many elements of our special exhibitions are specifically designed for our younger visitors. In addition, our 3D/4D Zable Theater, Kids Aviation Action Hanger (closed on Residents' Free Tuesdays), and flight simulators are favorites with kids.


3D/4D Zable Theater: Visitors of the Museum can now enjoy our new 3D/4D Zable Theater, the first of its kind in Balboa Park! The 3D/4D Zable Theater uses advanced 3D technologies but takes it to the next level of experience; employing interactive seats and unique special effects built into the theater itself. The 3D/4D Zable Theater seats 36 guests per show, and they are played continuously each day. The Zable Theater is a special exhibition and included with regular admission. Current films showing: "Fly Me To The Moon," "Jetpack Adventure," "Red Baron," and "Space Chase."


Field trips/Group tours: To schedule a field trip or group tour call 619-234-8291 x 137 or click here. Group rates are available for pre-booked groups of 10 people or more arriving together.


Membership: The Museum offers several membership options. Click here for our Membership rates and benefits.


Balboa Park: Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural parks. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes?all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction. Most of the cultural attractions in Balboa Park are independently managed non-profit organizations. The admission prices vary by institution-with museum and performing arts memberships offering a chance to support these San Diego cultural treasures as well as gain special admission to them. Admittance to the Park itself is free, as is the Botanical Building and most of the gardens. The Balboa Park grounds are open 24 hours a day, the Visitors Center is open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm daily, and museum hours vary by institution.


One Day, Multi-Day & Annual Passes to Balboa Park: The Balboa Park Explorer offers several options for admission to participating museums in Balboa Park.
The Balboa Park Explorer provides general admission to 17 institutions in Balboa Park for an entire year for one price. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is a participant in this exciting program. The Balboa Park Explorer is an excellent value, but it is not the same as a membership to the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Learn more about the many benefits of membership at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Click here to find out more about what our membership offers.
The Multi-Day Explorer provides general admission to 14 participating institutions for up to seven consecutive days.
The One Day Explorer provides general admission to up to five participating institutions in one day.
Prices:

  • Explorer - Family: $199 (up to 2 adults and 4 children)
  • Explorer Adult: $129
  • Explorer Senior/Student: $99
  • Multi-Day - Adult: $53
  • Multi-Day - Child (3-12): $29
  • Multi-Day/Zoo Combo - Adult: $89
  • Multi-Day/Zoo Combo - Child (3-12): $52
  • One Day Explorer - Adult: $43
  • One Day Explorer - Child (3-12): $25
  • Good for entry to 5 Museums in one day.

All are valid for General Admission to the participating institutions.


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