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San Diego Even though it is not that big in San Diego, the art stage is fast-growing. Visitors who come to San Diego will be strongly attracted by its cultural atmosphere. San Diego has many famous tourist attractions, like Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park and more. For historical reasons, the culture of San Diego city had been given influences of the Spanish culture, Spanish missions and Balboa Park are very good examples. The San Diego cuisine has a wide range of styles, including Mexican and Asian flavours and more. The city’s museums and theatres have been loved by local residents and visitors. If you are planning on visiting San Diego you can contact Studios92.com to find the hotel for your stay.

San Diego Museums

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art was built in 1926. Later, constructors resold its ownership to the government. The museum is located in Balboa Park. The entire construction was designed by the famous architect William Templeton Johnson. The museum encyclopaedia collection of the museum has characteristics including many works ranging from 5000 to 2001 BC. The museum stands out from the masses by having many Spanish works, including Murillo, Zurbarán, Cotán, Ribera and El Greco. The museum has a small-scale Asian art gallery, including many impressionist works as well as some interesting modern works.

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art was built in 1941 and is located in the art centre of La Jolla. In the 50s and 60s, the museum was given the name La Jolla Art Museum. In the early 70s, it changed its name into La Jolla Contemporary Art Museum, with the exhibition being focussed on works from after the 50s. Based on the extensive geographical background of San Diego and a population of nearly 300 million people, the museum changed its name in the 90s into Museum of Contemporary Art. In the year 1993, the museum opened a branch in the city centre, giving the museum an even bigger reputation. In 1996, the museum was renovated and reconstructed with an engineering design by Robert Venturi. In 2007, a larger museum was opened in the urban district, which was designed by the New York architect Richard Gluckman. The museum owns a permanent endowment fund of over 40 million dollars. The annual business budget contains approximately 6 million American dollars.

San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum was built in 1874 and is Southern California’s natural institution which has the longest history. At the beginning of its establishment, the museum was the main natural and cultural source, with a natural resource information service for the people who are fond of this. Through research and study, the museum is able to explain the phenomena of nature, which offers all kinds of information and knowledge about the origin and evolution of species for local and international exhibitions. The museum also has a large cinema screen, providing public programs for visitors of all ages.

San Diego Museum of Man

The San Diego Museum of Man is located in San Diego Balboa Parks Museum of Anthropology. The museums collection focusses on the history of America, like the history of indigenous cultures and civilizations of Southern California, United States. At the same time, the museum also has many collections from ancient Egypt as well as all kinds of other places in the world. The total collection of the museum includes 72,000 artefacts as well as 37,000 historical photographs, which mainly come from native America. The earliest history of the museum dates back to the year 1915, when the California exposition Panama Canal was established. The central exposition was called ‘the human era story’. The assemble was completed under the guidance of the archaeologist Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett. Other collections include Smithson Institution anthropologist Aleš Hrdlička, all the samples are collected from Africa, Siberia, Alaska, South-east Asia and other countries.

Other San Diego Museums include the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Air and Space Museum, the Timken Museum of Art, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and more.

San Diego Theatres

San Diego Old Globe Theatre

The San Diego Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935 and is a part of the California Pacific International Exposition. During the exposition, a 50-minute lasting Shakespeare play is being held here. After the exposition, the theatre gradually became well-known and since 1949 it launched a summer Shakespeare event. In the year 1978, it was destroyed by a large fire, but thanks to community fund-raising activities, the theatre was rebuilt afterwards. In the reconstruction process, a temporary outdoor theatre was built. Today the whole theatre is known as the Simon Edison Centre for Performing Arts.

San Diego Repertory Theatre

In 1975, the early San Diego Repertory Theatre was established by Sam Woodhouse, Christopher R, John Lee and some other theatre-lovers. They met at an old attic in San Diego in order to form a play of a street theatre group, the members including a group of talented authors, directors and film producers. In 1976, Sam Woodhouse and Douglas Jacobs performed 19 San Diego premiers and 12 West Coast premiers in the Six Avenue theatre company. In 1986, the San Diego Repertory Theatre moved to the Horton Plaza Theatre. At the same time it provided service for other arts and community organizations. Many famous artists like John Lennon, Anders Stone and Charlie Miller have all performed here and there is a regular cooperation between the Lyceum Gallery and Theatre. Such artistic cooperation has brought San Diego a more active art atmosphere.

San Diego La Jolla Playhouse

The San Diego La Jolla Playhouse was established by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer in 1947. In 1983 it was led by Des McAnuff, including the 1993 United States Tony Award for being an outstanding regional theatre. La Jolla Playhouse provides many opportunities for education to children, youth and adults who love theatre, it namely includes the theatre stage and also behind-the-scenes. In addition, the La Jolla Playhouse offers a number of courses in the summer, including young actor seminars, appreciation of popular music, performance courses and more.

San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera is a professional theatre company and a member of the U.S. Theatre. It was established in 1950 and performs works of the California opera house in areas of San Diego. Famous artists of the theatre stage include Ferruccio Furlanetto, Luciano Pavarotti, Denyce Graves, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Richard Leech, Plácido Domingo, Renée Feming, Jane Eaglen, Richard Margison, Jerry Hadley, Vivica Genaux, Isabel Bayrakdarian and Carol Vaness. Famous plays include La LocaMedea, Rapaccini’s Daughter and more. In general, the performances are being held in the Civic Theatre located in down-town San Diego.

Other San Diego theatres include the Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and more. The greater part of the theatres is located in the city centre, where the traffic is very convenient. It is a very good choice for visitors who want to experience the San Diego culture.

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