Welcome to the San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center is a curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County's archaeological artifacts.
The Center Museum has changing exhibits and hands-on activities that explore 10,000 years of history of the San Diego region through the archaeological record. Learn about the life-ways of early Native American hunter-gatherers who lived in our region and the many groups and immigrants who have contributed to our region's archaeological record.
Learn the basics of archaeology, explore our hands-on research area or view our new curatorial vaults and research area through the viewing portal. The Center actively curates archaeological collections and you may have a unique opportunity to see staff and interns cataloging and researching artifacts during your visit.
There are activities for children including an artifact matching game, archaeological related crafts and equipment and games and exploration materials for budding archaeologists to expand their knowledge. You can visit our Virtual Museum to view our past and present exhibit panels.
The Center has a Gift Shop with unique gifts, books and items related to the Center's Mission. There are restrooms with a baby changing station. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic views of San Pasqual Valley and the many local and migratory birds that visit the new outdoor watering stations raptor perches and birdfeeders. Hummingbirds, finches, mourning doves, hawks and kestrels are a few of the regular visitors to the Center.
Monday Through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Center museum is open to the public with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family.
San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027-7001
Phone (760) 291-0370
FAX (760) 291-0371
The Center is located on Rte. 78, 1.5 miles East of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Click here for directions.