• Overview

    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. Visit our museum, which is located in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley in Escondido, one mile east of the San Diego Safari Park. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves…

  • Events and More

    Free Kids’ Activity Book

    This summer, families visiting the San Diego Archaeological Center will receive the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity Book. Complete the book and present it to staff to earn your Jr. Archaeologist card. Activities include Stratigraphy: Layers of Time Pottery Sherds Tools:…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Historic Bottles

    The bottles above include a Welch’s grape juice bottle, catsup bottle, and mustard pot. Archaeologists recovered these artifacts from Block 112 in Downtown San Diego. This section of San Diego housed a working class population during the late Victorian period…

  • Curation

    From Inside the Vaults: Deaccessioning Museum Collections

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. What is Deaccessioning? This year we have looked at different best practices used by Collections Managers to protect…

  • K-12 Programs

    Activity Book Answer Key

    Have you completed the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity Book? Check your answers below, then present it to San Diego Archaeological Center staff to receive your Jr. Archaeologist card. View Answer Key

  • eNewsletter

    Summer E-Newsletter

    Summer is here, and and so is our e-newsletter. In this edition, volunteer Bryce Moulder describes his Eagle Scout project to install bat boxes for the Center. Throughout the summer, families visiting the Center will receive the┬áKids Dig Archaeology Activity…