The Big Exchange | May 1–18, 2019

One membership, many institutions!

Membership has its benefits—especially during The Big Exchange, a membership reciprocity program taking place May 1-18, 2019.

The Big Exchange offers members of the San Diego Natural History Museum free general admission to more than 30 participating arts and cultural destinations in San Diego.

Simply head to your favorite participating museum, tell your guest services representative that you are there for “The Big Exchange,” then show your member card from any participating museum for complimentary reciprocal admission.

Not a member? Join today to take advantage of this exclusive member privilege.

Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.

Participating museums:

  • Barona Cultural Center and Museum*
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Bonita Museum and Cultural Center
  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum†
  • California Surf Museum
  • Coronado Historical Association*
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • La Jolla Historical Society*
  • 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*
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
  • 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*
  • Timken Museum of Art*
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Visions Art Museum
  • Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
  • Whaley House Museum

*Denotes museums that do not charge admission.
† Denotes a museum whose primary exhibit will close before the end of The Big Exchange.

Please check participating museum websites for exhibitions, hours and closures. Learn more about The Big Exchange.

Please note: Corporate memberships and Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders are not included in this program.

The number of people that receive reciprocal admission depends on your membership level (e.g. a single membership would enjoy a similar access for one attendee at a participating museum; a family membership might enjoy entrance for up to four guests at another participating museum). Maximum of four people per membership.

The Big Exchange is a collaborative program of the San Diego County Museum Membership Committee and the San Diego Museum Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase awareness, connect, provide services and advocate for the diverse museums within our membership. For more information visit