The Museum is located in the heart of historic Balboa Park, on the Plaza de Panama. Make sure to visit the Traffic Alerts page on BalboaPark.org for up-to-date information before your visit. View directions, view a Balboa Park map, or call 619.232.7931 for additional information.
The historic Cabrillo Bridge (which connects Laurel Street to the Park) is currently undergoing seismic retrofitting.
The Alcazar parking lot is also be closed temporarily for renovations.
During this time, best access to the Museum is via Park Boulevard. The closest lot is located adjacent to the Organ Pavilion. Daily tram access is available daily, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. from parking areas at Inspiration Point, on Pan American Plaza, and behind the Hall of Champions, stopping at the Plaza de Panama in front of the Museum.
Pedestrians can still easily visit Balboa Park West End during the bridge closure. Alternate parking/transportation options are available in the west end during construction. Easy parking can be found on the west side of the bridge on Balboa Drive or Sixth Avenue, just a short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama. Parking is also plentiful on the east side of Balboa Park near Park Boulevard. | Directions
Valet Parking is offered on most weekday evenings and on weekends in front of The Prado Restaurant at the House of Hospitality.
Regular valet parking hours are:
Monday | No valet available
Tuesday - Thursday | 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday | 5:00 p.m. to Midnight
Saturday | 10:00 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday | 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Balboa Park Tram
Departing from Tram Central, next to the large parking lots near Inspiration Point (east of Park Boulevard at Presidents Way), free Balboa Park Trams operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Leaving every 10 to 12 minutes, they follow a loop route, taking passengers to a drop-off station in the Plaza de Panama, located directly in front of the Museum. View a Balboa Park Map
Fall/Winter Hours | November 1 - May 31
Daily | 8:15 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Summer Hours | June 1 - October 31
Monday | 8:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Sunday | 8:15 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.