Are there different kinds of Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passes?
Yes. The Balboa Park Explorer program offers a multitude of pass options to fit your needs. From the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Family pass (accommodating up to any 2 adults and up to any four children), to the Adult, Student, and Senior passes, we have a pass for you!
Are there blackout dates for the Balboa Park Explorer?
There are no blackout dates for the Balboa Park Explorer. The pass will be accepted during all regular museum operating hours. Please note that some museums are closed on Mondays, The San Diego Museum of Art is closed on Wednesdays, and each museum has individual hours of operation. Be sure to visit each museum’s website for hours or closures.
What museums are included in the Balboa Park Explorer Pass?
Your Balboa Park Explorer passes are valid at the following organizations*:
- Centro Cultural de la Raza
- Japanese Friendship Garden
- Mingei International Museum**
- Museum of Photographic Arts
- Fleet Science Center
- San Diego Air and Space Museum
- San Diego Art Institute
- San Diego Automotive Museum
- San Diego History Center
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum
- The San Diego Museum of Art
- San Diego Museum of Man
- theNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
- Timken Museum of Art
- Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
- WorldBeat Center
*Limits apply depending on Pass type.
**Currently closed for renovations.
Are there any additional costs when visiting the museums in Balboa Park?
Occasionally, a museum will feature a special exhibition that requires an additional admission fee. Often times, special exhibitions are discounted for Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders; always contact the museum to verify their policy before visiting. Here are some special exhibitions and experiences requiring an additional admission fee:
- Climb the California Tower, San Diego Museum of Man
- Cannibals: Myth & Reality, San Diego Museum of Man
- IMAX® and digital films*, Fleet Science Center
*The additional discounted cost of $9.95 is only applicable to Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders.
What is the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?
The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass provides general admission to 16 museums in Balboa Park, for 365 days, with no blackout days. As a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholder, you gain access to tailored newsletters that include special information, behind the scenes recommendations, and announcements about happenings in the Park. Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders also receive exclusive invitations to monthly special events, providing a truly unique behind the scenes look into Balboa Park.
When may I begin using my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?
Immediately! The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. A temporary pass is sent via email for digital orders, and issued in person for onsite orders. Hard cards will arrive in the mail within 3-7 business days of purchase. You can also request temporary passes from the Balboa Park Visitors’ Center or any participating museum. So you can start enjoying your pass right away!
Is the Annual Pass a membership?
No. The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is a general admission ticket valid for 365 days from date of purchase.
Are payment plans available?
No, we do not offer payment plans at this time.
How do I use a One Day or Multi-Day Pass?
Picking the right pass for your visit is important! A Balboa Park Explorer One-Day Pass provides you with one general admission of up to 5 participating museums, valid on the day of first use only.
An Explorer Multi-Day Pass provides one general admission to each participating Balboa Park museum and is valid for 7 consecutive days, beginning with first use, but is not valid for re-entry across multiple days. Check with the museum for same-day re-entry priveledges. Be sure to read our ABOUT page for details, and our COMBO pass, and pick the best one for your adventure.
Are guest passes included in the Annual Pass?
No. The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is not a membership and is unable to offer the same benefits as a museum membership, such as guest passes. Each individual passholder must be named.
What happens if I come to Balboa Park and I’ve forgotten my Balboa Park Explorer pass?
For the best visitor experience, we encourage you to ALWAYS keep your Balboa Park Explorer pass with you! However, if you have forgotten your pass, please stop by the Balboa Park Visitors Center or any participating museum for a temporary day pass.
What happens if I lose my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass and need to replace it?
Is the San Diego Zoo included with the Balboa Park Explorer?
Admission to the San Diego Zoo is not included with the Explorer One-Day, Multi-Day, or Annual Pass but we do offer a Multi-Day Combo Pass, which includes one day general admission to the Zoo.
Can I upgrade my One-Day or Multi-Day Pass to an Annual Explorer Pass?
Yes, but credit must be applied within one week of first use. You may upgrade regularly priced One-Day or Multi-Day Passes only, no Combo Passes, Group Passes, or donated Passes. One-Day or Multi-Day must have been purchased directly from Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, not a third-party vendor. Maximum one (1) One-Day or Multi-Day Pass can be applied toward an individual Adult, Senior, or Student Annual Pass. Maximum two (2) adult and two (2) child One-Day or Multi-Day Passes can be applied toward a Family Annual Pass. Credit must be applied at the Balboa Park Visitors Center.
Please contact us at (619) 232-7502 x. 1204 for more information.
Can I transfer a pass to another person?
All Balboa Park Explorer Passes are non-transferable passes. If you renew your Balboa Park Annual Pass, you will have the option to swap or replace names.
Can I get a refund on my Explorer Pass?
No, there are no refunds on any of our passes.
Can I participate in The Big Exchange?
No. The Explorer Annual Pass is not a membership and does not qualify for The Big Exchange. Head to San Diego Museum Council’s website for more info.
Can I participate in Kids Free in October?
No. The Explorer One-Day, Multi-Day, and Combo Passes are discounted tickets and do not count as full-priced admission to the museums. Head to San Diego Museum Council’s website for more info.
As a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholder you get exclusive invitations to monthly Explorer-only events.
Journey behind-the-scenes, delve into exhibitions, tour the gardens, and experience Balboa Park in a whole new way!
If you have any additional questions, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer them for you!