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Balboa Park Update

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March 13, 2020

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 of recommended cancellation or postponement for events and gatherings consisting of 250 or more individuals, the following Balboa Park venues will be temporarily closed to the public. Please check back with us for updates and/or at https://balboapark.org 


Closures effective Saturday, March 14:

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park Carousel


Closures effective Monday, March 16: 

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, Timken Museum of Art, WorldBeat Center, San Diego Zoo


In addition, performances and classes at San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, performances at Junior Theatre and the Old Globe, 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.


Operations continuing until further notice:

Veterans Museum will continue normal operating hours with some exceptions. The regular Spreckels Organ Concert at 2 pm on Sundays will continue with limited services, until further notice. The Balboa Park Visitors Center will operate at a limited capacity for informational purposes. 


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 balboapark.org website, for updates regarding any changes to business operations. Thank you for understanding and for your continued support of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership members and Arts and Culture in San Diego.


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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