Hilton is sponsoring San Diego Museum Month this February - it's offering special packages at all 29 of its hotels throughout the city
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- February is Museum Month in San Diego, when locals and visitors can get half-off admission to more than 40 museums across the city.
- To participate, all you need to do is pick up a free Museum Month pass.
- Hilton, a sponsor of the event, has special Museum Month packages at all 29 of its hotels throughout San Diego, and will have the passes available for guests.
- Read on to learn more about Museum Month, and how to get the most for your stay at Hilton Hotels - both in San Diego, and elsewhere.
San Diego may be best known for the surf and the ships, but there's more to do in the SoCal city than you might have realized.
From a flourishing craft brewery scene, a burgeoning culinary culture, homegrown arts, and a world-famous zoo, there's something for every kind of traveler. One thing to make sure to remember: San Diego's dozens of museums.
Next month is the ideal time for a trip to the city. Every February for the past three decades, San Diego has hosted a citywide museum month. More than 40 locations are taking part in this year's Museum Month, offering half-off admission to anyone who has a free museum month passbook.
The passbook is available to locals and visitors, and can be picked up from more than 80 locations around the city. For locals, the best bet is the closest public library. Visitors can stop by a library branch too, but this year, Hilton Hotels is partnering with the San Diego Museum Council to offer the pass to guests.
To get the pass, either book Hilton's Museum Month package at any of the company's 29 hotels in the city, or ask at the front desk during your stay.
There's a wide variety of museums, ranging from family-friendly to more fun for grown-ups. Take a look below at some of the participating museums, and for tips on how to get the most value from your Hilton stay. Also, be sure to check out the San Diego Museum Council or Hilton's Museum Month page for full details.
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One great stop — especially with kids — is the San Diego Natural History Museum.
With a focus on the natural history and environment surrounding greater San Diego region, the museum has fun exhibits and fascinating specimens.
There's active research going on, and museum visitors can watch volunteers work with newly uncovered fossils.
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a quirky but fun stop, while the Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego History Center are fascinating.
The San Diego Museum of Art hosts an impressive permanent collection, as well as temporary exhibitions. Through February 24, a jarring, moving exhibition of Northern Irish sculptor Tim Shaw's work is on display.
For a relaxing break in an urban oasis, be sure to check out the Japanese Friendship Garden.
At night, take a tour of the Whaley House Museum and learn all about the historic site while keeping your eyes peeled for ghosts.
Be sure to visit the USS Midway Museum on board a decommissioned aircraft carrier, too.
You can take a guided or self-guided tour, and see original fixtures in the ship.
You can also get a close-up look at the planes and helicopters on the deck, and even climb inside some of them.
While it isn't included in the Museum Month discounts, you might want to look into a trolley tour as a way to see a lot of the city, and to get your bearings on your first day there.
And if time permits, be sure to check out some of the city's incredible beaches.
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