The Alcazar Garden and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Photo by Richard Benton

The California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park will be temporarily closed to the public so the City of San Diego can complete a seismic retrofit of the historic structure.

The work is scheduled to begin in January and last seven to 10 months. The project will help fortify the iconic tower, which was built in 1915, against potential earthquake damage.

“As stewards of the California Tower, we are pleased to partner with the City of San Diego on this seismic retrofit project, which is a key investment in the preservation of San Diego’s cultural heritage,” aid Micah Parzen, chief executive officer of the museum.

“Since 2015, our tower tours have provided over 120,000 locals and visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience San Diego and our museum in a unique and dynamic way,” Paraen added. “We look forward to welcoming many more visitors to the California Tower in the years to come as a result of this important project,”

The museum and many of its exhibits will remain open to the public throughout the project. The institution is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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