San Diego Museum Council Announces Return of In-Person San Diego Museum Month in February

Nationally recognized program, now in its 33rd year, promotes San Diego as a rich cultural destination with half-priced admission to 45+ museums and attractions

The San Diego Museum Council has announced the return of San Diego Museum Month this February. Following a scaled-back and largely virtual version in 2021 due to COVID-19 closures, this signature San Diego program is expected to resume in a more robust iteration as it celebrates its 33rd year promoting San Diego as a vibrant cultural destination.

Long-time Museum Month partner Macy’s has returned as the event’s community engagement program sponsor. Major funding is also provided by the California Arts Council, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego.

Enhancing museum accessibility is a critical component of Museum Month. To this end, the San Diego Museum Council has partnered again this year with the Serra Cooperative Library System, enabling access to Museum Month passes for local residents in a wide diversity of neighborhoods and communities across San Diego County. Macy’s sponsorship also provides funding for hundreds of free vouchers for students at Title I schools to participate in Museum Month.

“Museum Month is the perfect time to get out and discover something new in San Diego,” said San Diego Museum Council Executive Director Bob Lehman. “Whether it’s exploring a new exhibition at a favorite museum or finding a hidden cultural gem for the first time, there is a reason people look forward to Museum Month every year. While our member institutions did a phenomenal job last year providing engaging virtual and outdoor programming, we couldn’t be happier to welcome guests back in person in 2022 so they can get the full experience of what makes our museum community so special.”

“Macy’s is honored to partner with the San Diego Museum Council as Museum Month’s community engagement program sponsor,” said Karen L. Normile, Macy’s Grossmont Center Store Manager. “At Macy’s, we value the communities where we live and work and we’re proud to see the rich cultural experiences Museum Month brings to the San Diego community.”

During San Diego Museum Month, residents and visitors enjoy special half-off admission at over 45 local museums, historic sites, gardens, aquariums and other cultural destinations throughout San Diego County. There is something for every age and interest, including visual art and design, children and families, science and nature, history, wildlife, military, transportation, music and cultural heritage.

How to Participate: The Museum Month pass is available for free at all Macy’s store locations in San Diego County. Each Museum Month pass can be used for up to four half-priced admissions at any of the participating museums. (Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions and events at some museums.) Guests can use their Museum Month pass to visit as many museums as they would like from Feb. 1-28, 2022.

Local residents can pick up Museum Month passes at over 75 public libraries located throughout San Diego County, including branches managed by the following organizations:

  • San Diego County Library
  • San Diego Public Library
  • Carlsbad Public Library
  • Chula Vista Public Library
  • Coronado Public Library
  • Escondido Public Library
  • National City Public Library
  • Oceanside Public Library

More information about San Diego Museum Month, including a full list of participating museums, upcoming exhibitions and special events, can be found at

San Diego Museum Month was created in 1989 to promote the region’s diverse range of high-quality cultural offerings. The program has grown to become an annual tradition unrivaled in the United States, with more than 37,6000 visitors using the pass to enjoy half-priced museum admission in 2020.