Archive for the ‘museums’ Category

Tattered sails on the Star of India? Must be Halloween

Not too old for a wardrobe malfunction

Not too old for a wardrobe malfunction

While driving past the Star of India this foggy morning, I thought I spied a certain laxness in sail maintenance. This couldn’t be, though, as the dedicated volunteers at the Maritime Museum of San Diego take such good care of the old girl (and besides, she just came out of dry dock). I suspect this is, in fact, her “Halloween costume,” and she is playing the part of a pirate ship.

Turns out she is dressed up for some upcoming Halloween events: lantern-led tours on the evening of Friday 10/30, and on Saturday 10/31, a carnival and costume contest, followed by more lantern-led tours.

Sounds like a good place to take your little pirates. For tickets or more information, please see the Maritime Museum’s events page.

Half-price admission at 3 Balboa Park museums

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

In a move that may encourage San Diegans to discover the cheap thrills available in hard times, 3 local museums are offering half-price admission every day before noon.

From this Sunday until May 25, admission to the Mingei International Museum (normally $7 for adults), the Museum of Man (normally $10 for adults), and the Museum of Photographic Arts (normally $6 for adults) will be half-price between 10 AM and 12 PM. All three museums are located in Balboa Park.

For more information and a list of current exhibits, please see this press release. You can also follow MOPA on Twitter at @MoPAsd.

If you’re an early bird, take this opportunity to save a few bucks and get a little culture!

Supporting San Diego History

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When Peg mentioned last week that the San Diego Historical Society will no longer be maintaining two of San Diego’s most beautiful historic properties due to overhead in this painful economy, it really bummed me out.   I have such respect for local vintage architecture, both well-known and hidden gems.  From the many tiny post-war bungalows in our coastal communities to the semi-famous Cabrillo Bridge over 163 (which caught fire in 1951 and again in 2004), the architecture of this city deserves to be respected, preserved and protected.

Of course, we can’t blame the SDHS, they are doing everything they can in a city that has many valuable sites.  This economy is hard on everyone and spare clams are hard to come by, but even just a little support of the San Diego Historical Society could help.

You can become a member from $35/year and and if you aren’t into that, you could always visit the Museum and exhibits they offer.  The Museum of San Diego History is one of my favorite museums in the city– it holds so much wonderful information.  It’s only $6 to get in and every 2nd Tuesday of the month, it’s totally free.  Who doesn’t love free?

Got a wedding in your future?  If you’re planning an event, the San Diego Historical Society has several incredible locations to choose from, so that is another way to benefit the preservation of our local history.

If you’re an About San Diego junkie like myself or you just love old buildings, please “spare a square” and support the San Diego Historical Society and Museum of San Diego History soon… before they’re forced to give up other incredible sites.

Natural History Museum Excavating Fossils Downtown, How Cool is That?

San Diego Natural History Museum staff have been carefully moving a 500,000 year old mammoth fossil found at downtown at the construction site of the new Tomas Jefferson School of Law campus on Park & Island since its discovery on 5 FEB 2009.

I skated by the site last weekend after a tweet from @SDNHM let everyone know that spectators could watch the excavation process from the Park Blvd side.  I checked again on my way to work this morning, and there still appears to be some work left for them to do.  If you’re in the area, take a peep, it’s not every day you get to see paleontologists at work in an urban setting.  While you’re at it, give @SDNHM a follow and learn some interesting facts about the ancient history of San Diego.  It is #followfriday after all.


Image used under Creative Commons license, via flickr - please click to check out the rest of Steeljams photostreem

I wonder if our new fossil will look this cool when they finish digging it up? Image used under Creative Commons license, via flickr - please click to check out the rest of Steeljam's photostreem

Hip Museum Events

I love going to art museums, but for the longest time, I was always one of the youngest patrons attending events.  Well, not any more. Three of San Diego’s finest art institutions are reaching out to a younger crowd by holding evening art events. Here’s where to get your art on.

Thursday Night Thing at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego:

The first Thursday of every month*, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego hosts TNT (Thursday Night Thing), an ongoing program of intriguing events in MCASD’s Downtown galleries. Beginning at 7 pm, something different and interesting will be happening downtown— from slide jams, DJ lessons, and poetry readings to live bands, artists’ talks, and video projections— TNT’s eclectic events will be occasions to interact with the arts and artists in the San Diego region.

More info: TNT at MOCA SD

POP Thursdays at Museum of Photographic Arts (Balboa Park) – blending photography and film with cocktails and a social atmosphere.

The next POP Thursday is next week on 2/19 where they will be screening the Steve McQueen film “Bullitt”. More info on the event can be found here.

And last but not least, the San Diego Museum of Art’s quarterly Culture and Cocktails. These events are built around new exhibitions.  Check the schedule of events at SDMA here.

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