The annual Big Exchange program is returning bigger and better than ever for museum members. For those who belong to the San Diego Museum Council (or decide to start a new museum membership), free entrance will be granted to all 35 arts and culture museums that are part of the council.
What’s new this year is that rather than the offer extending for only two weeks, the benefit will last the whole month of May.
“Museum membership has its benefits, and the Big Exchange program is definitely one of them,” said April Tellez, marketing chair of the San Diego Museum Council and public relations and social media manager of the San Diego Natural History Museum. “During the month of May, members of San Diego Museum Council institutions can experience the wonderful diversity of museums in the region at little to no cost.”
To receive free admission, museum members only need to present their membership card at the other participating museums’ visitor services desks. Now is a good time to stop making excuses and purchase a membership to your favorite museum and enjoy this annual benefit.
Last year some 8,170 museum members participated in the program. The event is part of the council’s two other signature programs, Macy’s Museum Month in February and Kids Free in October.
Free admission doesn’t include upcharge exhibitions, films or events. Balboa Park Explorer passholders are not included in the program. For more information, visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
California Surf Museum
Coronado Museum of History & Art
Flying Leatherneck Aviation
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
New Americans Museum
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego History Center Museum
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
The New Children’s Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
The Water Conservation Garden
Whaley House Museum Oceanside Museum of Art
Women’s Museum of California