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The San Diego Archaeological Center is a museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County's archaeological artifacts.view more info

Museum Hours:
Tuesday Through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The Center museum is open to the public with a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family.

San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027-7001
(760) 291-0370

The Center is located on Rte. 78, 1.5 miles East of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Archaeology: the study of the human past through its material remains.
Artifact: any portable object made, modified, or used by humans.

Curation: the care, management, and use of archaeological collections. Care means to prevent deterioration, management means that collections are organized and accessible, and use means making collections available for scientific research, public education and cultural use.

Camp Winacka: Digging into the Past

The San Diego Archaeological Center is thrilled to announce the opening of a new exhibit, "Camp Winacka: Digging into History." The exhibit opens Saturday, February 25, 2012, and will run through December 2012.

$25,000 Matching Grant Challenge

An anonymous donor has presented the Center with a wonderful opportunity. For every dollar contributed through June 30, 2012, the donor will match it with another dollar-- if we raise $25,000. This will mean a total of $50,000 for Center programs, research and exhibitions.

Please take the time now to make your important contribution to San Diego's only archaeological curation facility. Your support will enable us to fulfill our mission of preserving the past for the benefit of the future.

Bajacalifology & Research Issues in California Prehistory

by Don Laylander

Kid's Stuff at the Center

Become a Junior Archaeologist. Learn what it feels like to do your own research and play our artifact matching game at the Center!!

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The Center's Capital Campaign

The Center has launched a Capital Campaign that will position the Center as a regional tourist destination.
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Today's Trash Mosaic

Today's trash may be tomorrow's archaeology. The image on this postcard is a mosaic of 62
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