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On November 9th, 2010 at 15:11

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No doubt about it; there are tons of fun outdoor activities to keep you busy when visiting San Diego. But what about the occasional rainy day when you might want to have an indoor activity to keep the family entertained? No worries. Just head on over to Balboa Park at 1549 El Prado to check out any one of the following museum options:Centro Cultural de la Raza is a multidisciplinary cultural arts center dedicated to creating, promoting, preserving and educating about Chicano, Mexican, Indigenous and Latino art and culture.The museum features rotating exhibits and performances with theater, dance, music, and film/video.Marston House is a classic 1905 Arts and Crafts style museum home was built for noted civic leader and merchant, George W. Marston and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by renowned local architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill, it sits on five acres of landscaped English and California influenced gardens.Mingei International Museum is dedicated o art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world with changing exhibitions of historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design. Mingei International’s superb collections and stunning exhibitions showcase the finest examples of creative expression from unknown craftsmen to renowned contemporary designers.Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the few institutions in the country devoted to the photographic arts, the Museum of Photographic Arts houses more than 7,000 works, representing the entire history of photography, its aesthetic movements, and technological advancements. Illustrating the complex and varied history of the medium, the museum’s collection is particularly strong in modern and contemporary work, specifically social documentary photography and photojournalism. The museum is also home to a state-of-the-art movie theater.Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is home to Southern California’s only IMAX Dome Theater and 100 hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films and amazing planetarium shows in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater and experience seven galleries of fun, interactive exhibits. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthful treats in Galileo’s Caf. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store.San Diego Air & Space Museum is where science, space and aviation history all unfold. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a working flying replica of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft and the only real GPS satellite on display in the world. The Museum also offers interactive exhibits including MaxFlight and Space Shuttle simulators plus dynamic, hands-on and ever-changing traveling exhibitions.San Diego Automotive Museum takes a nostalgic look at the icon of the 20th-century features more than 80 historic autos and motorcycles. Includes Frank Sinatra’s 1967 Austin Petrol Hire Car and Louie Mattar’s Fabulous 75,000 Car. Special exhibitions every two or three months display other fine vehicles and famous autos.The San Diego Museum of Art is the region’s oldest and largest art museum and has renowned holdings including a fine selection of European old masters, 19th and 20th century American art, an encyclopedic Asian collection, and growing collections of contemporary and Latin American art. In addition, the museum presents major art exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs.WorldBeat Center opened in Balboa Park in 1996. The Center is dedicated to promoting and preserving African, African-American, and other indigenous cultures of the world through art, music, dance, education, and technology. Classes in international dance and drumming are offered year round, along with concerts and lectures.And there’s even more which we’ll cover in other entries, so stay tuned!

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