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Balboa Park attractions gradually reopen under state's guidance

Balboa Park Prado Building
Posted at 2:39 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 17:50:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — With museums allowed to reopen indoors with modifications, several Balboa Park locations plan to reopen for the Labor Day weekend.

San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and San Diego Museum of Art will be open this weekend, adding to the list of attractions already open for visitors, according to the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Balboa Park's Centro Cultural de la Raza, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Zoo, and Spanish Village Art Center have been open. San Diego Air and Space Museum reopened this week after the state released guidance to allow museums to operate indoors at a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.

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The Museum of Us and the San Diego Automotive Museum will reopen sometime in mid-September. The San Diego Natural History Museum has said it will be closed for the remainder of the year.

The park says several eating options will be opened, including Prado Restaurant, Prado Perk coffee cart, Panama 66 Restaurant, Panama 66 “grab and go” cart, Craveology Café at Fleet Science Center, the WorldBeat Center Café (vegetarian), and Daniel’s Coffee cart in Spanish Village.

Shops will be open at all attractions, the partnership says.

Museums have been walloped by the pandemic, as many depend on visitor revenue in addition to donations in order to stay afloat. In July, Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Peter Comiskey told ABC 10News that many institutions will be looking at fundraising moving forward.

"I think as time goes on we need to look at what fund-raising is possible, I think we need to look with those organizations that rely on revenue through the gate," Comiskey said.