Discover Historic Vantage Points for the First Time, San Diego, Balboa Park’s, California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man

Visual Exploration. Pack your camera. Destination Balboa Park.

The California Tower

story by Diana Serafini

San Diego, The Museum of Man, Balboa Park

You thought you knew San Diego, maybe you do, but have you seen the view? What’s the buzz. For the first time since 1935, Balboa Park’s California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man is open for public tours!

History & Architecture

“The California Building, home to the San Diego Museum of Man, was constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It was designed by noted architect Bertram Goodhue as a design hybrid, blending Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo details to present a unique Spanish-Colonial façade. Its design hints of Gothic influence with inspiration from Spanish churches in Mexico”. Museum of Man 

How to get there…Access the tower from The Museum of Man located in Balboa Park.

Hidden Treasure Secret Access Point

It is all so charmingly mysterious.

View Vantage Points

San Diego is a gorgeous city; The tower affords you with four distinct vantage points.  All are magnificent views. Climb 150 ft to its crown, for 360 degree views. A monumental experience.

The following photos are from the Museum of Man website


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Note: Balboa Park is a mecca, attracting tourists, as well as local hipsters and families. Although the park has an expansive green area, with a large piazza, courtyard, hosting varies cultural and green activities, the tower view is highly desired. According to a museum staffer, buying you tickets online, prior to your visit, is the best way to ensure access.


A smaller map of Balboa Park

map found at Museum of Man site

For Information go to the source: The Museum of Man


Go to

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 239-2001 (contact individual staff members here)
Fax: (619) 239-2749




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