Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center
660 G Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-4100
Fax: (619) 238-5310
Arts & Museums
If you are looking for original works of art with a Native American flair, visit this establishment. Quality arts and crafts by American Indians are offered at this unique Southwest gallery. Articles for sale include fine art, weavings, jewelry, pottery, dream catchers, books, baskets and sand paintings. Choose an artistic piece to serve as a souvenir or gift. Worldwide shipping is available. In addition, artist receptions and shows are scheduled throughout the year.
The Black Historical Society of San Diego hosts tours such as the Harlem of the West Tour and the Down Town African American Tour. The Black Historical Society of San Diego offers the largest group of collections and others holdings of any black historical society in the United States. The Society also holds various photos and documents to help people in their research, as well as an independent black film collection, DNA testing, and much more. For visitors, the Society offers the Mabel Rowe gift store, which sells Afro-centric arts and figurines, as well as other items to celebrate African Americans’ rich San Diego heritage. - Erick Pettersen
The Art Academy of San Diego is a one of a kind academy where students are given a platform to learn as well showcase their work. Periodic workshops and classes are conducted and beginners can experiment with different art forms like drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry and mosaic. At the Art Academy of San Diego, there's something for everyone because there are work shops the entire family can participate in. One can also get professional advice on how to better you skills and channelize your creative potential.
The centrally located library is just a few steps away from Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp District. Its cheerful children's section can make for a nice family interlude in between shopping and dining in the area. Downstairs, regular exhibits are free to the public. The third floor offers a business-friendly reference center, staffed with helpful librarians. The library also stocks all local San Diego bus schedules and many other useful resources for tourists and travelers.
Beautiful one-of-a-kind oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sculptures by both well-known and emerging artists grace the walls of this upscale downtown gallery. New works are shown regularly and a full catalog of all works is available. The wide selection at the bookstore includes art history, artist biographies and art technique books. Tasteful gifts for art lovers are also available. This is definitely the place to come for the artist in your household.
This 1850 saltbox-style house, one of the city's original homes, now serves as the Visitor's Information Center for the historic Gaslamp District. Self-Guided Museum tours are available for a donation of $3 per person. There are also Gaslamp Guided Walking Tours every Saturday at 11a for a regular admission of $8. Detailed maps of the district are available at any time.
The Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts gallery offers an excellent selection of modern artists' work from all over the world. Gallery owner Michael Wolf's expert eye is apparent in every choice, and while a diverse group of artists and art styles is presented, each catches and pleases the eye of the visitor. Prints, as well as original works are offered, making the gallery an affordable indulgence for the average patron, or an investment opportunity for the serious collector. The staff is friendly, helpful and well-schooled in each of the artists' pieces.
This small museum celebrates San Diego's Chinese community history through displays and interesting shows featuring artifacts from the thriving Chinese community that once existed in this area. You will also find exhibits focusing on different aspects of Chinese culture such as calligraphy, seal carvings and other arts. Early prejudice drove away many Chinese from the San Diego area, leaving only a few buildings with distinctive Chinese features, one of which now houses the museum.
Children and parents can explore the natural world, learn about the environment, play freely and create their own arts. The New Children’s Museum provides opportunities for free play riding on wheels, sliding and building with mattresses, or rock climbing. Creative play and exploration for children of all ages can be found in the rain house, the car paint, sculpture making, shadow world and dress up. Toddlers have their own activity room featuring bears in the woods, with soft “grass” to play on and tree hollows to hide and seek in. Each day and hour brings special activities throughout the museum where children and parents can interact, play and create.
MCASD Downtown has a large permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, video, film, and installation. MCASD is an established patron of art has helped many mid-career artists. Over the years it has built an extensive collection of minimalist, pop, conceptual, installation, Latin American, and Californian art. MCASD's La Jolla location is also worth a visit for its collection of fine art and breathtaking ocean views.
The Firehouse Museum is the oldest firehouse in San Diego and displays numerous old fire engines, including "The Lancaster," an 1841 hand-pulled steam engine. Also on display are rare photos and equipment from the 1880s, badges, uniforms, helmets and memorabilia from firefighters of days gone by. Items from San Diego and around the world are on display. Come here to learn about the old ways of fighting fires; the kids will love it.
Along one of the many streets that make up San Diego’s Little Italy, a small gallery—Gallery 680—houses paintings by local artists. In the small one-room gallery, high ceilings and a couple of low ceiling fans give this gallery a very open feel. Gallery 680 recently opened their doors for public viewing, but they also open for those special debuts. All of the paintings are there for anyone to enjoy; though, for those who would like to take a part of San Diego home with them, every painting is available for purchase. Many of the paintings in Gallery 680 are purchased by restauranteurs and displayed in San Diego restaurants. - Erick Pettersen