Quality Suites San Diego Otay Mesa
2351 Otay Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92154-7614
Phone: (619) 661-1966
Fax: (619) 661-1776
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.
Located on the Cuyamaca College campus, this museum hosts North and South American artifacts and art. Separate wings feature articles focusing on the anthropology, architecture, education, fine art and natural history of these two continents and their people. Most exhibits include decorative and functional items from ancient cultures crafted by artisans in those early societies. Admission: $3 adults; $2 seniors; children accompanied by an adult are free. Credit cards are not accepted; admission must be paid in cash only.
The Hubert H. Bancroft Ranchhouse is a historic ranch house, distinguished for being the first Anglo-American structure in Spring Valley. Said to be built out of timber recovered from a shipwreck in the nearby bay by Augustus Ensworth in 1856, the property has also been the residence of historian Hubert Howe Bancroft. This California Historical Landmark and National Historic Landmark is now operated as a local history museum.
Locomotives are highlighted at this museum where you may view a collection of vintage railroad artifacts and a fully restored boxcar and caboose. Tours of this museum are free but are offered on weekends only. The museum, located in southern San Diego County, is small, yet innovative and enjoyable for a weekend outing. Scenic train trips to Campo sometimes depart from this station on vintage locomotives.
As developers continue to help San Diego maintain its moniker of “America’s Finest City,” the railroad undergoes constant change. Throughout the county, leftover tracks go nowhere, wind through side streets, across old parking lots, and out into fields. At the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, visitors can discover where those tracks, which people like Wyatt Earp and Casey Jones once rode, went to. At the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the dying locomotive or they can take a railway excursion. For those who would like to get a closer look, they can make reservations to sit in the locomotive on the Golden State train ride. - Erick Pettersen
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
Sue Tushingham McNary and Glenn Michael McNary display their beautiful works of art in this gallery. Sue is popular and an expert at painting local landmarks and florals, whereas Glen, who also owns the gallery, is an ambitious new artist interested in black and white photography. The gallery has a wide variety of mats, fabrics and frames as well as vintage postcards to exhibit. Stop over and check out fot the latest arrival today.
Art, architectural elements, textiles, ephemera, and other memorabilia dating from before the turn-of-the-century are on display in the Museum's three separate galleries, each focused on a particular aspect of Coronado's past. These include the interesting history of the United States Navy and its role in the development of Coronado, the Hotel del Coronado, and Tent City.
With exhibits at various locations, including a regular one at Coronado Art-in-the-Park, Mary Helmreich showcases artwork highlighting landscapes and cityscapes of Southern California locations. Her watercolor paintings feature places such as Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla, Oceanside and Solana Beach. In addition to the finished products, she also offers an extensive art supply directory. It provides information about wholesalers and retailers and a database of art foundations and associations. Visit the Web site for information on upcoming exhibits and galleries.
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
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.