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 in San Diego.

Simply head to one of the participating museums, tell the guest services representative that you are there for “The Big Exchange,” then show your member card from the San Diego Archaeological Center for complimentary reciprocal admission.

Show your current San Diego Archaeological Center membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.

Participating Museums:
Barona Cultural Center and Museum*
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Bonita Museum and Cultural Center
California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum†
California Surf Museum
Coronado Historical Association*
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
La Jolla Historical Society*
Living Coast Discovery Center
LUX Art Institute
Living Coast Discovery Center
Museum of San Diego
Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego (downtown)
Museum of Photographic Arts
New Americans Museum*
Oceanside Museum of Art
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum*
San Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT)
The Marston House Museum and Gardens
The New Children’s Museum
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center*
Timken Museum*
USS Midway Museum
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum
Whaley House Museum

*Denotes museums that do not charge admission.
† Denotes a museum whose primary exhibit will close before the end of The Big Exchange.

Please check participating museum websites for exhibitions, hours and closures.

Please note: Corporate memberships and Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders are not included in this program.

The number of people that receive reciprocal admission depends on your membership level (e.g. a single membership would enjoy a similar access for one attendee at a participating museum; a family membership might enjoy entrance for up to four guests at another participating museum). Maximum of four people per membership.

The Big Exchange is a collaborative program of the San Diego County Membership Managers Collaborative and the San Diego Museum Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase awareness, connect, provide services and advocate for the diverse museums within our membership. For more information visit