The San Diego Natural History Museum. Photo by Richard Benton
The San Diego Natural History Museum. Photo by Richard Benton

February marks San Diego’s 27th annual Museum Month, with half-off admission to over 40 local institutions.

The month-long event is sponsored by Macy’s, and you can pick up a free Museum Month Pass and any Macy’s store in the area.

Participating museums include the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, USS Midway Museum, The New Children’s Museum, Museum of Making Music, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Natural History Museum among many others. A complete list is online.

“San Diego is a rich arts and culture destination and we couldn’t be more proud to celebrate Macy’s Museum Month,” said Theresa Kosen, executive director of the San Diego Museum Council. “The heart of our local museum community blossomed in Balboa Park over a century ago and today we stand as an extraordinary footprint of museums located as far north as the Oceanside Museum of Art in the City of Oceanside and south toward the Tijuana Estuary at the International border.”

Macy’s Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote awareness of the region’s museums, historical sites, educational institutions, and cultural offerings. Last year nearly 30,000 visitors used a pass to enjoy half-priced admissions to San Diego-area museums.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.