• 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

    San Diego’s First Peoples Tour Series

    As a supplement to the new By Land and By Sea exhibit at the San Diego Archaeological Center, this field trip series will explore the physical locations and landscapes that the first people in the America’s lived in. We will…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Bowl

    Pottery is the first synthetic material that humans made. Essentially artificial stone, pottery is a mixture of clay, water, and temper, transformed by the application of heat. Pottery first appears in the archaeological record of San Diego about 1,000 years…

  • Collections vault

    From Inside the Vaults: Collections Management

    From Inside the Vaults is a monthly blog that gives insight into best practices for collections stewardship, curation, and archaeological collecting institutions. So what is a Collections Manager, anyway? Simply put, a Collections Manager’s main role is to monitor and…

  • Winter in the mountains

    Winter E-Newsletter

    2019 is underway, and the Center is off to a busy start. Our museum features five new exhibits, including By Land and By Sea, which debuts February 2 at our Members Only event. Visitors will be able to explore the…