Clarion Hotel National City San Diego South
700 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
Phone: (619) 474-2800
Fax: (619) 474-1689
Arts & Museums
This museum locates, collects, displays, preserves, and records materials of local historic interest to South San Diego Bay communities, and they also sponsor an annual Historic Homes tour.
Inside the entrance of this museum located on 23rd Street, around the corner from Broadway, on the right, two glass cases display collections of jewelry designed by local artists. On the other side of the case, in the corner of the one room museum, a section of thousands of books celebrates women. The museum also boasts a display called the Women's Hall of Fame, which celebrates local women chosen by the board of the San Diego Women's History Museum. The Women's History Museum and Education Center also hosts various events to celebrate women's progression, such as "Academics in Motion," which is a series of lectures led by women on various topics. - Erick Pettersen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Veterans' Museum and Memorial Center seeks to honor soldiers who died in combat, promote public awareness of those soldiers' sacrifices, and serve as a museum to the public. Inside the museum, which was once the Naval hospital chapel, guests can peruse the museum's collection of memorabilia and documents or peruse more than 1,000 library materials. For those who would like to hear more about the museum, docents lead tours such as the Living History Tour. On the fourth Saturday of every month at 11:30a, Pearl Harbor survivors lead a twenty-one gun salute to San Diego’s veterans. The Veterans' Museum and Memorial Center stands out because it serves all veterans and their families from all military branches. - Erick Pettersen
While the galleries of La Jolla Village generally reign supreme among San Diego art enthusiasts, this Coronado Island establishment has earned a distinguished reputation among serious collectors. Formerly known as Stephen Clayton Gallery, this gallery is sure to impress. Forty internationally known artists are represented here, including Thomas Kinkade, Red Skelton and four local artists. The mediums displayed at the gallery include watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, as well as several works in sculpture. All artistic creations are for sale.