The Big Exchange

May 1-18


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 Heritage of the Americas Museum free general admission to more than 30 participating arts and cultural destinations in San Diego.

With memberships ranging from $10 for Students and Seniors to only $30 for families, we are one of the lowest in San Diego. So take advantage and become a member today!

Simply head to your favorite participating museum, tell your guest services representative that you are there for "The Big Exchange," then show your member card from any participating museum for complimentary reciprocal admission. Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.

The Big Exchange is a collaborative program of the San Diego County Museum Membership Committee 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 

Participating Museums: 

Barona Cultural Center & Museum

Birch Aquarium

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 Freindship Garden

La Jolla Histroical Society

Living Coast Discovery Center

LUX Art Institute

Maritime 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

Visions Art Museum

Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum

Water Conservation Garden

Whaley House Museum