The amazing museums and awesome theatre in the west end are true gems of Balboa Park. There is something for everyone – modern, contemporary and folk art; anthropology, archaeology, and human culture; craft and design; European and American masterpieces; spectacular indoor and outdoor theatre – and more. Check out the exhibits and plays happening now!
Miró, Matisse, Dalí, O'Keeffe… See works by these masters and more in the recently renovated and dramatically reconfigured Modern and Contemporary galleries. And mark your calendar for Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, opening March 31.sdmart.org
Explore the compelling personal stories of ten women-run cooperatives and the exquisite traditional art works they create in order to provide income for their families, preserve their cultural heritage, improve education, and influence major changes that lift up themselves and their communities. Presented by Union Bank, this exhibition has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM and circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.museumofman.org
Collaborators for over a decade, Steven and William Ladd's intricate and unusual artwork moves freely between the worlds of craft, fashion, design and art. This brand-new exhibition includes hundreds of pieces created with materials such as beads, twill tape, metal fittings and fabric.mingei.org
A Peasant Smoking at a Cottage Door by the great English artist Thomas Gainsborough is showcased at the Timken and featured alongside the View of Volterra by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot from the museum's permanent collection.timkenmuseum.org
Artistic Director Barry Edelstein's work takes center stage in his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare's most enchanting masterpiece, featuring a powerful musical score written expressly for the production by acclaimed classical composer Michael Torke. Playing through March 16.theoldglobe.org
Best access to the Park and West End attractions is via Park Boulevard. Trams run daily 9am-6pm from parking areas at Inspiration Point, on Pan American Plaza, and behind the Hall of Champions.
If you're coming by car, use Park Boulevard to avoid Cabrillo Bridge, which is closed to automobiles during renovation. If you're coming by foot or bicycle, the bridge is still a good option.
Take the 10th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn left on "A" Street and left again on Park Blvd. Follow signs to Balboa Park.
Take the Pershing Drive/B Street exit off I-5 to Pershing Drive. Take Pershing and then turn left on Florida Drive. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Left on Park Blvd.
Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy. 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.
Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from downtown and Mission Valley.
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The Iconic Cabrillo Bridge is Turning 100 Years Old
Sometimes referred to as the Laurel Street Bridge, our historic western access is being renovated for its anniversary and is open only to foot traffic from January to April.