New Pass Offers Unlimited Entry to Balboa Park Museums and Institutions Gift vouchers now available for holiday gift giving

SAN DIEGO – Just in time for the holiday season, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) announced a new pass, the Balboa Park Explorer™, which offers unlimited general admission to 17 Balboa Park institutions for an entire year. Explorer gift vouchers are available and make the perfect gift for friends and family.

“For the first time ever, there is a pass that can be used at 17 Balboa Park institutions, as many times as an Explorer wants, all year long,” said Peter Comiskey, BPCP executive director. “The cost savings, convenience and discovery opportunities of owning a Balboa Park Explorer is exceptional and is the perfect gift for any San Diegan who enjoys art, culture, history, science, gardens or architecture.”

The Balboa Park Explorer can be purchased at www.balboapark.org/explorer and comes in a personalized plastic card similar in size and shape as a credit card. The cost for an individual adult Explorer is $129, students and seniors $99 and families $199. The family pass covers two adults and up to four children ages three through 17. Larger families can add children for $25 each.

“Owning an Explorer pass is quickly becoming a badge of honor for San Diego residents who want to proclaim, ‘Yes, I support and love Balboa Park’s cultural institutions!’” said Comiskey. “The Balboa Park Explorer is a great gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list, including families, grandparents, retirees and young singles.”

From now through spring, purchasers of the Balboa Park Explorer will have the words “Charter Explorer” stamped onto the card. This elite designation will remain with the card owner as long as the Explorer pass is renewed each year.

Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, the Balboa Park Explorer grants free, unlimited general admission to the following institutions:

1. Centro Cultural de la Raza
2. Japanese Friendship Garden
3. Mingei International Museum
4. Museum of Photographic Arts
5. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
6. San Diego Air and Space Museum
7. San Diego Art Institute – Museum of the Living Artist
8. San Diego Automotive Museum
9. San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum
10. San Diego History Center
11. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
12. The San Diego Museum of Art
13. San Diego Museum of Man
14. theNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
15. Timken Museum of Art
16. Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
17. WorldBeat Center

Balboa Park Explorers will receive a non-transferable card which must be presented upon entrance at participating institutions. A photo ID is required for the adults named on the card. The Balboa Park Explorer annual pass is only valid for general admission, and does not cover special events, exhibitions, programs and certain films.

To purchase the Balboa Park Explorer, or to learn more about the pass, visit
www.balboapark.org/explorer.

About Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 27 arts, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park collaborate to achieve shared goals. By helping these groups achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence, it seeks to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. Its 500 trustees, 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.