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Issued March 13, 2020

Updated March 23, 2020
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA -


On behalf of the members of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, we would like to share proactive precautions being implemented regarding COVID-19. Your safety and health are of our highest concern. 


During these rapidly changing times, venues in the Park have been closely monitoring and implementing recommendations provided by government agencies and public health officials, including the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), California Department of Public Health Info and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (Public Health).

In response to the current state of the COVID-19 situation and Governor Newsom’s announcement asking people to stay at home, the following Balboa Park venues will close to the public tentatively through the end of the March. 

Closures in effect tentatively through the end of March:
Balboa Park Visitors Center, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park Carousel, Marston House Museum, Fleet Science Center, Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, Spanish Village Art Center, Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, Timken Museum of Art, WorldBeat Center, San Diego Zoo, House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, United Nations Gift Shop, Prado restaurant and Prado Perk coffee cart, and Panama 66 cart and restaurant.

Additionally, performances and programs for San Diego Youth Symphony are suspended, performances for San Diego Junior Theatre are suspended, the weekly Spreckels Organ concerts are suspended, educational programs for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet are suspended, performances at the Old Globe Theatre and events at the Comic-Con Museum are suspended as previously announced; One-Day and Multi-Day Balboa Park Explorer Pass sales will be suspended Monday as well.

Lastly, the City of San Diego will be closing public parking lots, effectively closing the park, until further notice.


Visitor well-being is of utmost importance, and the members of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership see the closure of Balboa Park venues as preventative measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are continuing to evaluate this fluid situation and will evaluate re-opening at the end of the month. 


Please check the websites of the individual Balboa Park organizations and their social media platforms, plus the website, for updates regarding any changes to business operations.

Thank you for understanding and for your continued support of the members of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and Arts and Culture in San Diego.

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 26 arts, science, and cultural organizations in Balboa Park. Together we achieve greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. Our collective of 500 trustees, 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.