Comfort Inn & Suites San Diego - Zoo SeaWorld Area
2485 Hotel Circle Pl.
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 881-6200
Fax: (619) 297-6179
Arts & Museums
High above Old Town, sits the Presidio. First built in 1769 by the Spanish Army as a fort, the Presidio lookout still provides a panoramic view of the city. The adjacent museum was built in 1929 revealing a fine example of Mission Revival-style architecture. Inside the museum you will find clothing, artifacts, furniture, tools and army artillery.
Located in San Diego's Old Town State Historic Park, this museum hosts antiques once owned by Albert Seeley who ran a stagecoach service between San Diego and Los Angeles. The museum holds antiques such as covered wagons, stagecoaches, carriages, surreys, and other horse drawn vehicles. In addition, the museum also features a slide show in the auditorium. The Seeley Stables visitor center provides free brochures that highlight exhibits throughout Old Town State Historic Park. Admission is free.
The American Bank called Wells Fargo started back in the days of the stagecoaches and this small museum called 'Wells Fargo Museum' is in honor of that rough and ready past. A full-size replica of one of the famed stagecoaches greets visitors and a narrated film fills in the details on the history of the operation. Display cases hold some of the tools, which helped to gather Wells Fargo's richest cargo—gold and gold dust. A small gift counter offers replicas of moneybags and other souvenirs.
Learn the rich history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at the Sheriff's Museum and Educational Center. Over years, they have successfully preserved and promoted its rich history right from its inception to its heroic activities. Also browse through the various photographs, paper documents and artifacts related to the Department. A visit to the Sheriff's Museum is a must for every citizen.
This unique multi-media exhibit highlights 6,000 years of African world history with a special focus on African-Spanish, African-Mexican and African-American heritage. A special feature includes online resources to African genealogical societies. You will also find traveling exhibits, gift shop and bookstore, tour service and group reception facilities. This is a great place to take the kids to learn about different cultures, or even their own.
Military history buffs will find all they want to know about the history of the U.S. Marines and heroes of American military services here. Exhibits portray the traditions and history of the Marine Corps from 1846 to present through film and memorabilia. Flags, equipment, uniforms, weapons and photographs depict military action through the years. Combat footage is shown daily. This is a great stop for the entire family, especially those with family members in the service. Admission is free.
The New Americans Museum consists of rotating collections housed in a room across the hall from the museum offices. Because of this, visitors must check in at the office, though a volunteer will lead visitors across the hall to their current display. Visitors to the New Americans Museum can enjoy a self-guided tour through their current exhibition, which is sure to celebrate the influx of new Americans. On occasion, the New American Museum will receive displays too large for their one-room showcase. In such events, they rent out extra space in Liberty Station. In an effort to enhance community awareness of the museum, the New Americans Museum hosts various on-going programs and projects. - Erick Pettersen
This one-room museum displays watercolor paintings below soft, track light, which gives the San Diego Water Color Society the feel of a large museum. Paintings on display are selected by a panel of judges every month and displayed in this gallery that is the public display of an international institute for water media artists. Adjacent to the gallery, various instructors and lecturers conduct classes and lectures in a lecture hall. Located in one of the many buildings that make up a former San Diego naval training center, the San Diego Watercolor Society offers visitors the chance to see an unfamiliar expression of art. - Erick Pettersen
The San Diego Naval Training Center, as they name goes, was a naval training base that was shut down in 1997 and since has been redeveloped by public interest into the NTC Promenade. The space now accommodates military residential units, a park, large open spaces, retail centers, waterfront esplanade and a museum dedicated to maritime history and military heritage. The Promenade Center is now host to various arts and cultural programs.
R3 Gallery, a unique three-storied triangular building, attempts to use various building materials and softer colors to allow the building to become art in R3 Gallery’s expression of ‘Handmade Modernism.’ R3 Gallery gives innovative art—including sculptures, paintings, drawing, photography, and “new art”—a place to call home. Throughout the three stories of R3 Gallery, some of the art hangs on white, wooden walls, though R3 also uses painted brick to create an alternative backdrop to some of its more innovative art. When the walls do not work, the Gallery takes the art away from the walls and uses floor space. Before R3 opens every exhibition to the public, they hold receptions for local artists to meet art-lovers. - Erick Pettersen
Contemporary artists from the United States, Canada and Europe are represented at this gallery, which highlights paintings, sculptures and photography. Interested patrons may view works of art on display at the gallery or request that they acquire a particular work of art for a private collection. This gallery has located works of art for both museums and private collections with great success for many years. In addition, this organization will provide market research and offer a bid to purchase your private collection of contemporary works. Displays change periodically.
The J.A. Cooley Museum houses a collection of fifteen cars, which date from 1886 to 1933. Placed in chronological order from buggies to one concept car, Cooley himself guides visitor through time. Many of the vehicles are one of a kind or the first of their kind, which gives guests something to talk about when they go back home. The J.A. Cooley Museum does step away from the past with its Buick XP 2000—a car that features video conferencing and can travel up to 210 MPH. For those guests interested in history, but mostly automotive, the J.A. Cooley Museum features various antiques, such as license plates and phonographs. - Erick Pettersen