The Balboa Park Explorer is currently available online. Click here to purchase now. Or, you may purchase in person at theNAT’s admission desk or Balboa Park Visitor Center.
You can pay with cash at the Balboa Park Visitor’s Center, located in the center of Balboa Park. The Museum is unable to take cash for Explorer Passes.
The Zoo is not included in the new annual pass; however, the current Explorer Week Pass/Zoo combo (7-day Explorer Pass with a one-day admission ticket to the Zoo) continues to be offered for visitors. The Explorer Week Pass/Zoo Combo is available for purchase at the Balboa Park Visitors Center.
Occasionally, a museum will feature an exclusive special exhibition or film requiring a separate admission fee, which may be discounted for Explorer Pass holders.
Ocean Oasis and 3D films as well as permanent exhibitions are included for Balboa Park Explorers. Special Exhibitions are not included with the Explorer Pass, however, a discounted rate may be offered for passholders.
The Balboa Park Explorer is different from a membership. It provides unlimited general admission to 17 organizations. In addition to financially contributing to the Museum’s ongoing scientific and educational programs, your membership includes a variety of benefits from special discounts, invitations to events, and guest passes to the San Diego Natural History Museum.
The two programs are unrelated. Refunds or credits to your current membership cannot be given.
The Balboa Park Explorer will be accepted during all regular museum operating hours. Please note that some museums are closed on Mondays, and museums have varying hours of operation.
One year from date of purchase.
Yes, beginning in November 2013 we will have passes available which will provide unlimited admission to 16 institutions in the park for a full year from date of purchase.
$99 for students or seniors; $129 for individuals; $229 for a family of two adults and up to four children in the same household.