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San Diego museum members get free access to more than 30 locations during Big Exchange

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Posted at 12:39 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 15:39:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Being a member at a San Diego museum has its privileges.

During the San Diego Museum Council's "Big Exchange," members at select local museums, historical sites, and gardens can also get free admission to more than 30 other participating museums as well from May 1 to 18.

All members have to do is show their membership card and say they are there for the Big Exchange, and they can get free admission.

Membership tiers are also reciprocal, so if membership if for a single person, one person gets free admission. If memberships are for a family, up to four people can get free admission.

Here are the museums offering reciprocal admission:

  • Barona Cultural Center and Museum (free admission regularly)
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Bonita Museum and Cultural Center
  • California Center of the Arts, Escondido Museum†
  • California Surf Museum
  • Coronado Historical Association (free admission regularly)
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • La Jolla Historical Society (free admission regularly)
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • LUX Art Institute
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, Downtown
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • New Americans Museum (free admission regularly)
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (free admission regularly)
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT)
  • The Marston House Museum and Gardens
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center (free admission regularly)
  • Timken Museum of Art (free admission regularly)
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Visions Art Museum
  • Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
  • Whaley House Museum