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The Big Exchange 2018

The Big Exchange 2018

May 1-18

Membership has its privileges! The Big Exchange gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.

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. Maximum of four people per membership.

Each membership is reciprocal per guest or membership status. For example, 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.

Participating museums:

  1. Barona Cultural Center & Museum*
  2. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  3. California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
  4. California Surf Museum
  5. Coronado Museum of History & Art*
  6. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  7. Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
  8. Heritage of the Americas Museum
  9. Japanese Friendship Garden
  10. Living Coast Discovery Center
  11. Lux Art Institute
  12. Maritime Museum of San Diego
  13. Mingei International Museum
  14. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  15. Museum of Making Music
  16. Museum of Photographic Arts
  17. New Americans Museum*
  18. Oceanside Museum of Art
  19. San Diego Archaeological Center
  20. San Diego Art Institute
  21. San Diego Automotive Museum
  22. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  23. San Diego History Center
  24. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  25. San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
  26. The New Children’s Museum
  27. The San Diego Museum of Art
  28. Timken Museum of Art*
  29. USS Midway Museum
  30. Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
  31. Visions Art Museum
  32. Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
  33. Water Conservation Garden*
  34. Whaley House Museum

*Denotes museums that do not charge admission.

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

Current Exhibit

Current Exhibit

CURRENTLY CLOSED

This exhibit will reopen after a gallery renovation

Notable Women of the Gaslamp Quarter” 

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is excited to announce its new exhibit “Notable Women of the Gaslamp”.  The exhibit focuses on eight women who shaped the Gaslamp’s history and present, from the ‘first lady’ of New town San Diego in the 1850s Maria de Jesus Estudillo Davis to modern day change marker Dorothy Hom. Learn about the impact of the early professional and entrepreneurial women who are essential pieces of the Gaslamp’s story.

 

Admission to the exhibit is included with all tours.

History Talks! Gals of the Gaslamp

History Talks! Gals of the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton Houses continues their look at the remarkable women who lived, worked, and shaped Gaslamp Quarter History with a lecture on the scandalous women of the Stingaree!  Join us for the History Talks! lecture Gals of the Gaslamp with Imozelle and Jim McVeigh, GQHF tour guides for the monthly Shady Ladies and Hop Heads tour. Come hear the remarkable and notorious true stories of the Gaslamp Quarter’s infamous Madam Cora, Madam Ida Baily, and more!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

 

April 11, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

History Talks! Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp Quarter

History Talks! Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House will open their new exhibit “Notable Women of the Gaslamp” with a special History Talks! lecture: Gentlewomen of the Gaslamp on March 14th! Lecturers Catalina Preskill, GQHF Executive Director, and Sandee Wilhoit, GQHF Historian, will tell the stories of six remarkable women. From the “first lady” of New Town San Diego in the 1850s to a modern day change maker, their stories helped to shape the Gaslamp’s history and present. Join us to hear their extraordinary stories!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the second part of our exhibit lecture History Talks! Gals of the Gaslamp on April 11th. Join us to hear the stories of the entrepreneurial women who called the Gaslamp their home.

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

 

October 18, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

History Talks! Kick-Starting the Redevelopment of the Gaslamp Quarter

History Talks! Kick-Starting the Redevelopment of the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Museum’s History Talks! lecture series continues on February 7, 2018 with a look at how Federal Tax incentives for historic preservation helped to kick-start the redevelopment efforts of the Gaslamp Quarter.  Marie Burke Lia, Land Use Attorney, will give a first person account of how tax incentives helped to shape and preserve the Gaslamp Quarter into what it is today!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

 

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House 410 Island Avenue, San Diego CA 9201. February 7, 2018 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

Adult Education Programs at the GQHF

Adult Education Programs at the GQHF

History in Your Community

The GQHF  is happy to bring the history of the Gaslamp Quarter straight into your community!  Our educators can speak about  architecture, early San Diego history, and life downtown from 1850 to 1920.  With the help of photos and props the lessons come alive in the convenience of your own facility.


A Walk Through Time

The Davis-Horton House is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego, dating to 1850. The House was a barracks for military officers, home to San Diego’s Founding Father, Alonzo Horton, the first county hospital, a boarding house, an illegal distillery, a look-out for a German spy, plus much more! Through a guided tour, filled with stories about the House and its past residents, visitors can better imagine life in San Diego between 1850 and 1920. There is also a gallery with rotating exhibits based on the artifacts of the Museum collection.  60 minutes.


Historical Block Tour

This program focuses on the historical and architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter as represented through its stately, historic buildings. This one block walking tour is ideal for those desiring  a close-up look at the different architectural styles of  the Gaslamp Quarter., while avoiding a lengthy walk or street crossing. Duration: 45 minutes, 75 minutes with added House Tour.

For those interested in a longer walk, our Gaslamp

Walking Tour encompasses many of the significant buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter and features information on the district’s architecture and history. This tour is generally around one half mile of walking.

Duration: 60 minutes, 90 minutes with added House Tour.


Lunch

Make it a day in the Gaslamp!  The GQHF has teamed up with the Horton Grand Hotel to create a special experience for groups looking to spend more time in the area. Join us for the tour of your choice and then have Lunch or Afternoon Tea at Ida Bailey’s restaurant in the historic Horton Grand Hotel. The Horton Grand is conveniently located across the street from the Museum.


Pocket Park

Our Pocket Park is featured on many of our tours. It is home to the beautiful bronze statues of Bum the Dog and his friend Greyfriars Bobby. Both can “talk” with the aid of a QR Code and tell their own story. The Park is a wonderful, shady place for a rest before or after your tour.

MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

Visit us with your Museum Month Pass and get half off self-guided admission to the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House!

Macy’s Museum Month is back for its 29th year this February. San Diegans and tourists are invited to enjoy half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums the entire month.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest. And with these special savings that are only offered once a year, it’s a great time to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of. See below for the full roster of participating organizations.

Aspiring museum-goers can pick up a Free Museum Month pass at any Macy’s in San Diego, Temecula or Imperial Valley-find a store near you-beginning February 1, 2018. Each pass admits up to four people at half price. Each pass also features an exclusive coupon for up to 20% savings at Macy’s. Promotion ends February 28, 2018. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions and events at participating museums.

 

For more information and a list of participating Museums please visit the Museum Council website by clicking here.

San Diego ShamROCK 2018

San Diego ShamROCK 2018

San Diego shamROCK is back to celebrate its 24th year! It’s San Diego’s biggest Saint Patrick’s Day bash on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 from 4:00 pm to Midnight. Over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. flock to the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village each year to partake in a celebration so grand that it will leave you wondering what side of the pond you’re on. Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for an absolutely epic block party. We’ll have three stages, non-stop music, and of course – plenty of green Bud Light beer and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey libations.
 
Whether you are looking for Irish rock or bass heavy beats, shamROCK’s diverse lineup is guaranteed to make you shake your clovers. We feature nationally recognized Irish rock and Celtic bands and top DJs across three stages. Top it off with the hottest plaid-clad go-go dancers and traditional Irish steppers in town, and you have a recipe for the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day celebration!
 
Grab your friends, don your green attire, and head to the Gaslamp Quarter this St. Patrick’s Day. Experience firsthand the Emerald Isle of the West Coast at shamROCK! Tickets to this event start at just $40 for General Admission and $80 for VIP! San Diego shamROCK is produced by and benefits the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. This organization focuses on the development and preservation of Downtown San Diego.


Don’t Miss the MOST ROCKIN’ St. Patrick’s Day  Celebration in Southern California: ShamROCK 2018!

 

 

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Tour

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Tour

Our newest guided tour to hit the streets- and this time, the bars!- of the Gaslamp. Created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding New Town San Diego, now downtown, the combination historical tour and pub crawl explores the historic Gaslamp District.

Follow your guide back in time to hear about the Gaslamp Quarter back when it was called the “Stingaree” and was infamous for its teeming red-light district. Learn about the historic buildings and colorful characters that populated them— and perhaps even meet a few of them along the way! Along the way enjoy a drink*- or just a seat- at three historic bars that are original to the Gaslamp Quarter.

The Shady Ladies and Hop Heads tour will take place once a month beginning in March!

Dates 2018:

Friday, April 6

Friday, May 18

Friday, June 15

 

*Please note: drinks are not included in price.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE! 

History Talks! Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction

History Talks! Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction

Did you know the Horton Grand Hotel was moved in the 1980s? Did you know it’s façade is made up of more than one building? Come find out the fascinating history of San Diego’s iconic Horton Grand Hotel! Hear the first-hand story on how the preservation of the Horton Grand came to be. Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction will take an inside look with the Developer of the Horton Grand, Dan Pearson, on how the hotel was moved from its original spot and given new life on Island Avenue. Special guest Kit Goldman will join for a Q & A. The lecture will take place at the Horton Grand Hotel on Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm.

History Talks! Saving the Horton Grand Hotel from Destruction is generously sponsored by the Horton Grand Hotel.