Throughout February, San Diego celebrates museum month by offering special pricing to 40 participating museums around the county.

Culture, history and art thrive in Balboa Park’s rich educational atmosphere and now can all be enjoyed at a discounted price with Macy’s museum month pass.

With this pass, tickets are available at halfoff original admission prices for all participating museums in San Diego.

Some of the biggest features include the San Diego Natural History Museum, Hall of Champions Sports Museum, Air and Space Museum, Museum of Man and Museum of Art.

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Macy’s department stores offers this free museum month pass at its San Diego County, Temecula or Imperial Valley locations.

Balboa Park is the central hub for all of San Diego’s fascinating museums, most of which have suffered in the wake of the recession.

This deal should especially interest younger college- age students who may have free time to spend perusing San Diego’s most famous exhibits. This is the best time of the year to visit since museums generally become more crowded during the summer.

A public event like this is probably welcome, even if it does involve lowering the cost of tickets for an entire month. If anything, this event appeals to frequent museum patrons but may also appeal to Macy’s department store customers as well.

Macy’s also plays its part to raise the museum’s popularity, as it may be expected that customers shopping at Macy’s who do not normally visit museums may become interested in attending this event.

Museum month is a unique opportunity for average shoppers to help support our local museums and experience some fun spending a weekend in historic Balboa Park.

The Balboa museums presented extensive amounts of exciting programs recently, most notably an appearance by famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, at the Air and Space Museum, which officially kicked off museum month. Aldrin’s appearance presented the history and state of space exploration. In addition, Aldrin autographed copies of his books for fans.

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The Cougar Chronicle The independent student news site of California