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For the past 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con has created one of the biggest, most popular conventions of its kind in the world. But the organizers of Comic-Con wanted to do even more to recognize fans and spread the magic of Comic-Con.
They imagined a place where fans could come together to celebrate the things they love, not just for a few days each summer, but all year long. A place where the public could learn about areas of art and pop culture of which they may not even be aware. A space where everyone is included, where old fans and new could enjoy the passion, creativity, and imagination of Comic-Con, while learning about science, technology, art, storytelling and much more. Now, with the help of fans like you, that dream will soon become reality.
With classes and activities during the day, movie screenings and trivia contests at night, and programs available online anytime, the Comic-Con Museum will be an experience unlike any other. Our focus will be on community and not collection by bringing diverse audiences together for shared, vibrant experiences
In addition to the comics, film and science fiction/fantasy genres that started it all, the Museum will showcase TV shows, books, video games, anime, and so much more. Through regularly rotating exhibits, hands-on workshops for kids as well as adults, and interactive experiences to try, you will always find something new and exciting to explore.
Opening in 2021, the Comic-Con Museum will be a participatory place where audiences can connect with the magic of Comic-Con year-round.
The SAN DIEGO COMIC CONVENTION (Comic-Con International) is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
The vision of the Comic-Con Museum is to:
These values are the core beliefs of Comic-Con and the Museum. They will be shared by the institution, its stakeholders, staff and volunteers alike. They will also be evident to visitors in each and every offering put forth by the Museum.
Comic-Con began in 1970 when a small group of comics, movie and science fiction fans from San Diego put on an event attended by just 300 people. Since then, Comic-Con has grown into a global phenomenon and is widely recognized as the premier pop culture convention in the world. Annually, the organization is focused on:
The anticipated impact of the Museum project is significant. Routine economic studies conducted by the San Diego Convention Center over the last eight years have consistently found Comic-Con’s San Diego convention generates over $140 million for the local economy on an annual basis. The Museum will bring in a minimum of 100,000 annual visitors from an expansive range of local as well as international geographies and cultures, complementing and enhancing the annual convention’s economic impact.
Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre urban park located adjacent to downtown San Diego, is home to 17 museums and cultural institutions with an incredible diversity of collections. From local San Diego history, to the history of flight, trains, or automobiles, to the workmanship of the old masters, and the arts, crafts, and culture of people near and far, recent and historical - there is no shortage of things to see and do.
The Comic-Con Museum is located in the area of Balboa Park known as the Palisades. Our nearest neighbors are the Air and Space Museum, Automotive Museum, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater and the public Gymnasium.
To plan your visit to Balboa Park, please visit the official website.
Development of a Comic-Con Museum has been a goal of the organization for years. Since 2017 and under a long-term lease with the City of San Diego, Comic-Con has been preparing for a transformation of Balboa Park’s existing Federal Building into a year-round museum focused on the popular arts.
The Federal Building, constructed in 1935, originally served as a hall to house U.S. Government Exhibits during the California Pacific International Exposition, the second of Balboa Park’s two major Expos. The building was always meant to be a permanent fixture with visions of it converting to a civic theater, or a convention center for the City of San Diego.
Serving a variety of roles over the decades—from Naval Barracks for 1,400 men during World War II to Badminton Headquarters—the building was modernized in the mid-1990’s to house the Hall of Champions, a multi-sport museum, that operated inside the building until June 2017.
Although the building itself is not listed as a historic structure, it, and more specifically its front facade, are considered a part of the National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District status granted to Balboa Park in 1977. Balboa Park is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
For a more detailed history of the Federal Building, visit the San Diego History Center’s website to learn more.