• 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

    2nd Sat: The Impossible Railroad

    In the early 1900s, San Diego was a growing and thriving city, but with no rail transportation eastward. Spearheaded by John D. Spreckels, with his persistence and money, a railroad was constructed that engineers warned would be impossible to build.…

  • Promotions

    The Big Exchange

    Membership has its benefits—especially during The Big Exchange, a membership reciprocity program taking place May 1-18, 2019. The Big Exchange offers members of the San Diego Archaeological Center free general admission to more than 30 participating arts and cultural destinations…

  • Exhibits

    Artifact of the Week: Grinding Tools

    Grinding tools of granitic stone were common for the Late Prehistoric Tradition. Local inhabitants used them to grind clay in preparation for pottery, acorns, and other foodstuffs. About 3,500 years ago, the region experienced a long period of widespread drought,…

  • eNewsletter

    Spring E-newsletter

    Spring is here, and there’s so much to see and do at the San Diego Archaeological Center! Tickets are on sale for our 16th Annual BBQ on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 PM. We will also be hosting a…