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5 Awesome Exhibits You MUST See During Museum Month

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February is Museum Month and the perfect opportunity to explore some of the county’s fabulous cultural activities at a nice discount. Make it a goal to check out one place that you haven’t been to before and don’t forget to see these five cool North County San Diego museum exhibits before they end…

1. The 1966 World Championships: A Defining Moment in Competitive Surfing

The 1966 World Surfing Championships marked San Diego as a standout surfing destination and was the first world contest ever hosted by the U.S. Held in Ocean Beach, the contest is best known for the match up between California’s David Nuuhiwa and Australia’s Nat Young who showcased their amazing skill and surfing style at the championships. Now, visitors to the California Surf Museum can see the images and boards that earmarked this iconic event.

2. Cowboys and Vaqueros: Legends of the American West

Visit the Wild West in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s collection of paintings, equestrian bits, spurs, and bridles. The special exhibit explores the culture of the American West and highlights cowboy, Native American, and Mexican traditions.

3. John Dillemuth: Gomos and Contraptions

This playful exhibit of “assemblages, contraptions, vehicles, and paintings combine to create an installation that references domestic places and the adventurous space beyond.” Iowa-born (but San Diego-based) artist Dillemuth’s installations at the Oceanside Museum of Art mix “the fantastic with the ordinary, the crude with the sophisticated, and the visionary with the comical.” Towering contraptions, whimsical mechanisms, and more earmark this impressive exhibit full of signs and psychological symbols.

4. Tra$h: Unearthing Socioeconomic Status in 1890s San Diego

Back when there was no official trash collection in San Diego, residents buried their rubbish, Now, at the San Diego Archaeological Center, these buried treasures unearthed by scientists give visitors important clues regarding the people who lived in Downtown San Diego in the nineteenth century. Take a look at what they found and draw your own conclusions.

5. Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

Named after the British warship, the HMS Dreadnought, the Dreadnought style guitar introduced in 1916 by  C.F. Martin & Co., was a large-bodied, powerful acoustic guitar. Used by countless musicians, the Dreadnought’s impact has been “heard” far and wide. This unique exhibition at the Museum of Making Music lets visitors experience the Dreadnought for themselves, learn its fascinating story, and hear its iconic sound.

Here is how you can score a Museum Month Pass

Individuals can pick up a free Macy’s Museum Month pass at local Macy’s stores throughout February to receive half off admission at more than 40 San Diego County museums. Guests with a pass may bring up to three people to participating museums to receive half-off admission for the entire party. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions at participating museums.

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Katie Dillon Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management, and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband.


Debbie Anderson Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.