Coronado Museum of History and Art


Location: Coronado (6 Miles / 15 Minutes South of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (Opens at 10AM on Weekends)

Cost: Suggested Donation of $4 ($2 for Kids Ages 8 – 19)

Features: Historical Look at the Hotel Del Coronado and the U.S. Naval Air Station

coronado-museumHighlights for the Museum of History & Art: The small community of Coronado has been known nationally for decades as home to the historic Hotel del Coronado and for being the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Today, the Hotel Del is still serving guests from throughout the world and the Naval Base on Coronado is still the center of world naval power and home to two nuclear aircraft carriers. Visit the Coronado Museum of History & Art to learn the history of each of these two landmark institutions.

The Hotel del Coronado exhibition room describes the development of the largest resort hotel on the West Coast in 1888.  You will see pictures of the famous stars and numerous Presidents who have stayed at the hotel as well as a collection of artifacts and notes of important events that took place over the years.

The exhibition room on Naval History includes a 7-minute video on Coronado’s role in the development of both naval and air power.  The room is full of pictures, stories, and a timeline describing many firsts in military history that took place on Coronado. There are also displays about the Navy SEALS, who are based on Coronado.

In addition to these permanent exhibits, the Museum hosts temporary exhibits in a third gallery. You can view details about the current exhibition online.

Historical Society Tours of Coronado – The historical society offers several tours of historically significant buildings throughout Coronado. Tours take place throughout the week and typically last 1 – 1.5 hours. The cost ranges between $10 and $15. Reservations are required.

Food – You will find several dining options along Orange Avenue including a cafe just outside of the Museum’s entrance.

Information on Visiting the Coronado Museum of History & Art

Admission Costs: (Costs are Approximate)

  • $4 for Adults
  • $3 for Seniors and Military with ID
  • $2 for Students ages 9 – 18.
  • If you are a member of the national Time Travelers, you may be able to receive free admission by showing your hometown museum’s membership card.

Directions from Google Maps to 1100 Orange Avenue in Coronado, CA 92118.

Parking – You can find free street parking along some streets. Other street parking areas have parking meters that will cost you 25¢ per hour (except on Sunday) with a limit of 2 hours for most spots.

Traffic – Traffic leaving Coronado on the Coronado Bay Bridge can be busy during weekday afternoons so expect a short delay. Otherwise, you should not face any traffic problems getting in and out of the area. (Learn how to get the latest traffic updates.)

Transit – Buses do serve the Coronado Museum of Art & History. (See San Diego Transit Information for bus schedules and information for the online Transit Planner.)

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