San Diego Museum Council Announces Biggest Museum Month Ever in February 2023

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Popular program, now in its 34th year, promotes San Diego as a rich cultural destination with half-priced admission to 60+ local museums, attractions ___________________________________________

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Museum Council has announced that San Diego Museum Month will return in February 2023 for its 34th year. The highly anticipated program, which promotes San Diego as a vibrant cultural destination, will be the largest ever – with more than 60 participating museums and other popular destinations throughout San Diego County offering half-priced admissions.

Museum Month 2023 is supported by First 5 San Diego, following a successful collaboration on Kids Free San Diego, which provided access to 85,000 local kids and families last October. Additional funding is provided by the California Arts Council, San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, County of San Diego and The Pecus Group.

Enhancing museum accessibility is a critical component of Museum Month. To this end, the San Diego Museum Council has once again partnered with the Serra Cooperative Library System, offering access to free Museum Month passes for local residents in communities across San Diego County.

“Museum Month is all about getting out and exploring everything that San Diego has to offer,” said San Diego Museum Council Executive Director Bob Lehman. “Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll always find something new each year – from a new exhibition to a hidden neighborhood gem, as well as fun ideas for family day-trips or date-night destinations. In addition to the dozens of venues offering half-off admissions in February, we will be showcasing the many museums that are free year-round, so there really is something for everyone.” 

“The best way for children to learn is through hands on experiences and that is exactly what museums allow you to do,” said Alethea Arguilez, Executive Director of First 5 San Diego. “Museum Month provides such a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and engage kids in art, science, music, history and more – and they get to do it together which is vital for the healthy development of children. We hope all families take advantage of half off admission.”

During San Diego Museum Month, residents and visitors enjoy special half-off admission at a diverse range of museums, historic sites, gardens, aquariums and other cultural destinations throughout San Diego County. There is something for every age and interest, including visual art and design, children and families, science and nature, history, wildlife, military, transportation, music and cultural heritage.

How to Participate: The Museum Month pass is available for free at local libraries (with additional pick-up locations to be announced). Each Museum Month pass can be used for up to four half-priced admissions at any of the participating museums. (Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions and events at some museums.) Guests can use their Museum Month pass to visit as many museums as they would like from Feb. 1-28, 2023.

Museum Month passes will be available beginning on January 26 at over 75 public libraries located throughout San Diego County, including branches managed by the following organizations:

  • San Diego County Library
  • San Diego Public Library
  • Carlsbad Public Library
  • Chula Vista Public Library
  • Coronado Public Library
  • Escondido Public Library
  • National City Public Library
  • Oceanside Public Library

More information about San Diego Museum Month, including a full list of participating museums, upcoming exhibitions and special events, can be found at www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.

San Diego Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote the region’s diverse range of high-quality cultural offerings. The program has grown to become an annual tradition unrivaled in the United States. An estimated 100,000 people participated in Museum Month in February 2022.

About First 5 San Diego

 The first five years of life are critical to a child’s development. These years shape a child’s success in school and in life. First 5 San Diego supports parents and others to help children during these early years. The Commission leads the greater San Diego community in promoting the vital importance of the first five years of life to the health and well-being of children, families and society. The ultimate goal of the Commission’s work is that all children ages zero through five are healthy, loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners. Learn more at www.first5sandiego.org or call toll-free 1-888-5-FIRST5. Stay up to date on social media – Facebook @First5SanDiego, Twitter @First5SD and Instagram @first5sandiego.

 About Serra Cooperative Library System

 Serra is a network of public libraries in the southern California counties of Imperial and San Diego. You can find your local library to discover services and programs available throughout the region. Our goal is to work collaboratively with each other to provide materials and shared services when possible. We are a special district of the State of California, with funding primarily from the State, but augmented through member contributions and grants.

About San Diego Museum Council

The San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of 45 member museums across San Diego County whose mission is to increase awareness, connect, serve and advocate for the diverse institutions within its membership. Each year, SDMC connects hundreds of thousands of San Diego residents and visitors to a range of arts and culture offerings through three signature programs, including Museum Month (February), The Big Exchange (May) and Kids Free San Diego (October, in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority).

More information is available at www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org or (619) 957-4660. SDMC can also be found on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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