Comfort Suites Mission Valley SeaWorld Area
631 Camino Del Rio S.
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 881-4000
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Arts & Museums
The J.A. Cooley Museum houses a collection of fifteen cars, which date from 1886 to 1933. Placed in chronological order from buggies to one concept car, Cooley himself guides visitor through time. Many of the vehicles are one of a kind or the first of their kind, which gives guests something to talk about when they go back home. The J.A. Cooley Museum does step away from the past with its Buick XP 2000—a car that features video conferencing and can travel up to 210 MPH. For those guests interested in history, but mostly automotive, the J.A. Cooley Museum features various antiques, such as license plates and phonographs. - Erick Pettersen
High above Old Town, sits the Presidio. First built in 1769 by the Spanish Army as a fort, the Presidio lookout still provides a panoramic view of the city. The adjacent museum was built in 1929 revealing a fine example of Mission Revival-style architecture. Inside the museum you will find clothing, artifacts, furniture, tools and army artillery.
Learn the rich history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at the Sheriff's Museum and Educational Center. Over years, they have successfully preserved and promoted its rich history right from its inception to its heroic activities. Also browse through the various photographs, paper documents and artifacts related to the Department. A visit to the Sheriff's Museum is a must for every citizen.
In Balboa Park, a group of adobe buildings comprise the Spanish Village. Among them, the Art In Wood Gallery offers a glimpse of 16-18 of San Diego’s finest wood carvings. Each piece that appears in the gallery—the gallery of the San Diego Carvers’ Guild—is juried by a committee that ensures only the finest of San Diego’s carvings appear in their gallery. Each piece is carved from domestic or tropical wood turned by the hand of the carver. Among the most unique type of wood to look for is that of the Avocado tree, which offers an array of colors unlike any others. - Erick Pettersen
This is the home of the local Artist's Association (more than 60 artists) living in the San Diego area who work in oils, pencils, mixed media, watercolor, metal and precious stones. A wide selection of the numerous artists' work is displayed regularly. A special feature exhibition of the work of two selected members is exhibited every two weeks. Call ahead to find out what is on display at the moment.
This unique multi-media exhibit highlights 6,000 years of African world history with a special focus on African-Spanish, African-Mexican and African-American heritage. A special feature includes online resources to African genealogical societies. You will also find traveling exhibits, gift shop and bookstore, tour service and group reception facilities. This is a great place to take the kids to learn about different cultures, or even their own.
San Diego's only anthropological museum is home to 70,000 artifacts, folk art and archaeological finds from all over the world. With mummies and ancient carved monuments, the treasures inside San Diego Museum of Man are abundant, but the building itself is also a San Diego treasure and city symbol. The California Building with its tile-capped tower was designed in 1915 by Bertram G. Goodhue and reflects a whimsical "California Mission" style of architecture. Exhibits inside explore the culture and lives of ancient civilizations of the Inuits, the Mapuche, and the Mayans, among others.
Located in San Diego's Old Town State Historic Park, this museum hosts antiques once owned by Albert Seeley who ran a stagecoach service between San Diego and Los Angeles. The museum holds antiques such as covered wagons, stagecoaches, carriages, surreys, and other horse drawn vehicles. In addition, the museum also features a slide show in the auditorium. The Seeley Stables visitor center provides free brochures that highlight exhibits throughout Old Town State Historic Park. Admission is free.
The San Diego Museum of Art is the region’s oldest, largest, and most visited art museum, providing a rich and diverse cultural experience for nearly 300,000 visitors each year. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th and 20th Century American paintings and sculptures. In addition, the museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. Exhibition text is always in English and Spanish. The Museum’s research library offers access to an extensive collection of art history publications.
'Mingei' is a composite word that is now accepted as meaning "art of the people," and this museum is surely that. Housed here, visitors will find an eclectic collection of folk art, crafts and designs from around the world including ceramics, pottery, textiles, dolls, masks, stone carvings and other decorative objects. Kid's are welcome too, every Sunday the museum features hands-on art projects, and the giant alligator sculpture at the entrance to the museum is great for climbing on. Complimentary tours take place daily at 2p sharp in the lobby. Permanent and rotating collections are on display for visitors to enjoy and encourage curiosity about other cultures.
Predominantly displaying fine paintings, this museum also exhibits excellent sculpture, 126 paintings on permanent exhibition, and other works rotated throughout the year. Opened in 1965, this museum is home to San Diego's only Rembrandt painting on public display, 'Saint Bartholomew'. The collection also includes other works by European Old Masters, American Artists and Russian icons.
Your first stop when touring Balboa Park should be this newly-renovated tourist information center. It provides schedules and route maps for the free tram that circles throughout the 1,200-acre park. In addition, you may purchase day passes for all museums located at the park. Free park tours begin at this site as well. With its unique style, landscaping and design, it is also the perfect setting for special events and weddings.