Fun Summer Exhibits to Check Out at Balboa Park

With summer in full swing, the days are longer leaving us with more time to get out and explore all that San Diego has to offer. This season, Balboa Park museums have countless of fascinating and fun exhibits to satisfy even the strangest intellectual cravings. We’ve compiled a list of fun summer exhibits exhibits to check out:

Photo credit: San Diego Natural History MuseumAhoy, Matey

For those looking for a more family-friendly exhibit, the San Diego Natural History Museum is hosting Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship from National Geographic, which explores the slave ship turned pirate ship and all that went on on the fearful voyage. Tickets are $27, but sure to be worth it as it is only in Balboa Park for a limited time. Members can purchase tickets for $15.

Not for the Faint of Heart

The San Diego Museum of Man is hosting an exhibit that is sure to make your skin crawl: Instruments of Torture. The exhibit explores the issue of torture: why we do it, how we do it, and what this says about human beings as a whole. It also features actual torture devices used in ancient times. Warning: this exhibit is not for the easily scared, nor are children under 13 allowed to enter without an adult. Tickets are $20, but only $7.50 for members!

A Sweet Treat

On a sweeter note, the Mingei International Museum is hosting an exhibit solely on the history of a chocolate company! The exhibit, Huyler’s Pure Delicious Chocolate, tells the 50-year story of a famous chocolate company and has on view their advertising and marketing designs, ranging from how the chocolates were sold to shop signs and more. Hurry here as the exhibit is only on view until August 17, 2014! Admission is $8 for adults and free for members.

21 and OverSan Diego Museum of Man

If you want to quench your thirst, look no further than the San Diego Museum of Man’s Beerology. Here you can learn the history of your favorite beverage and how beer has affected cultures around the world. There are also beer tastings hosted by the museum. Not surprisingly, the exhibit is so popular that it has actually been held over until summer 2015! Tickets can be purchased at $12.50 for adults or free for members!

Surf’s Up

And finally, the Mingei International Museum just opened an exhibit that is sure to be close to many San Diegans’ hearts, Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding. While featuring the boards, the exhibit will teach museum-goers the influence that other surf crafts have had on the American surf board, such as the Hawaiian alaia boards amongst others. Surf Craft even features legendary surfer, Bob Simmons, who died in 1954 at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.Mingei International Museum

SEE ALSO: Looking for other fun things to do in Balboa Park

The museums at Balboa Park have such creative and cool exhibits that are sure to please every member of your family. Whether you’re looking for carefree, frightening or pure delicious fun, these museums have you covered. Be sure to check out balboapark.org to find admission deals throughout the summer.

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Maddie Erdossy
Maddie Erdossy is a junior English major at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interning at the Blue Book for a second summer as a social media contributor and blogger. As a graduate of The Bishop’s School and resident of Rancho Santa Fe, she is knowledgeable about both La Jolla and all things in North County. Her blog posts focus on food, entertainment and lifestyle around San Diego.

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