Category: Museums

Biodiversity In Baja California

Attended what turned out to be a really entertaining presentation about a multidisciplinary expedition to Sierra Cacachilas in Mexico’s Baja California Sur by some of the staff from the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park here in San Diego. The trip occurred last October and November but only recently has the team been …

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Barcoding Biodiversity in Costa Rica

I attended a free one-hour lecture at the San Diego Natural History Museum last night. With the title “Biodiversity Development: The Path to Conservation of a Complex Wild Land” I wasn’t sure what kind of presentation to expect. All I knew was that I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures. Even though the graphic artist …

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Lecture On Killer Whales

This evening I attended a free lecture on Antarctic Killer Whales at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. It was presented by Robert Pitman and John Durban, two members of NOAA‘s Southwest Fisheries Science Center here in La Jolla. They were part of the BBC documentary team that travelled to the Antarctic to video …

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On The Right (And Cute) Track

Went over to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the largest operating model railroad in the world, in Balboa Park with my visiting friend, Ron. We got there at 3:30, half hour before they closed the doors at 4:00. Instead of the regular $8 per ticket price they were nice and charged us only $1 …

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Exploring Balboa Park With Ron

After picking up my buddy Ron from his downtown hotel, we drove over to Balboa Park to meander around a bit and to go see the Titanic exhibit showing at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It was my second time (so far) seeing this particular exhibit. Since no photography of the displays was allowed, …

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San Diego Automotive Museum

After picking up my old high school buddy, Ron, from his downtown hotel, we drove over to Balboa Park to spend some time at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Not the biggest auto museum around, but an impressive collection nonetheless and one I really enjoy visiting from time to time. They have a temporary exhibit …

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Dinosaur Lecture By Jack Horner

Was fortunate enough to attend an evening lecture and book-signing by world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. The event had sold out within a couple of days. The presentation lasted a little over an hour and covered mainly infant and juvenile dinosaurs and the mislabeling of …

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Old Town Photos And Lunch

Made my way down to Old Town to walk around and take some photos before meeting up with my female friends Heather and her daughter, and Lannie and her kids. My photo spree began at the La Casa de Machado y Stewart Museum, built in 1835. It seemed to be especially fascinating to a group …

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Old Town With Stephanie

After she drove down from Los Angeles just this morning, I walked around Old Town with Stephanie, my friend from New Mexico who was at the end of her whirlwind visit of California. Took her to see the Seeley Stables museum, the restored original Casa de Estudillo adobe, took her inside the Church of the Immaculate Conception, passed the …

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The Titanic And A Crystal Skull

Met my friend Lannie and her kids at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park to see “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Even though photography was not allowed I enjoyed it immensely. They took great effort to add as many stories to the artifacts as they could, to make the presentation a lot more personally relatable …

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Aquatic Museums, Above And Below Sea Level

For the final day of half-price Museum Month 2012 I decided to finally visit our Maritime Museum of San Diego down by the bay.  I thought this would take between two and three hours so I could maybe do one more small museum later. Seven hours and 525 photos later, I was ready to go …

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The First Padre

Revisited Presidio Park today, this time with my mom and sister, to finally tour the Junípero Serra Museum. During the week it’s really difficult to go inside, probably because it’s only open on weekends. (See my previous post describing who Junípero Serra was. I don’t want to write all that history about who Junípero Serra …

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Now For The Earth-Bound Vehicles

After my four and a half hour/three hundred plus photo marathon visit to the Air & Space Museum, I thought I would take it easy and rest a bit…by immediately visiting the San Diego Automotive Museum right next door and taking a lot more photos. There was a very cool exhibit of classic “woodies” that …

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I Need Some Air And I Need My Space

The morning started off with a quick walk through most of Balboa Park, beginning at the Natural History Museum and continuing down the El Prado pedestrian walkway, passing the Botanical Building and Lily Pond, skirting the Plaza de Panama with its fountain and bronze statue of El Cid, passing the Japanese Friendship Garden and the …

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Where California Began

Took my mom to Presidio Park today, which on one side overlooks Interstate 8 running through Mission Valley, on another side looks toward SeaWorld and Mission Bay, and the third side overlooks Old Town, where San Diego was founded. Since the Serra Museum itself was closed I walked a few of the trails that encircle …

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