The Veterans Museum is deeply saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected passing, during the first week of the new year, of our Director of Exhibits and Programs,

Rear Admiral Rod Melendez, DC, USN (Ret)

 The Executive Director of the Museum from 2002 until 2014, Rod's hard work and dedication led us through a period of growth and transition that has made us a key part of San Diego's Art and Culture community.  His jovial attitude, unmatched leadership style, and fun mustache made him a standout in our community. We look back on our time with Rod as a gift that we were thankful to have and express our condolences to the family and friends.  We are all beyond sorrow at losing this beloved Museum family member.



The Melendez Family requests that donations in memorium be made to the Veterans Museum and Eagles Wings



We invite you to help the Veterans Museum move into the New Year with exciting new programs and exhibits by donating now or by becoming a member or sustaining member.


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The San Diego County Veteran of the Year Awardees are

Recognized Here                                  


February Events (Open to the Public) 


February 24th - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - United Veterans Council General Meeting

February 24th - 12:00PM - 12:30 PM - United Veterans Council Memorial Service


Coming in March

The Coast Guard Academy Chorale will perform at the Veterans Museum

Saturday, March 10th at 6PM

The Coast Guard Cadet Chorale is a select group of singers from the Academy’s 60 member Glee Club. They perform a variety of music, featuring close harmony renditions of patriotic selections, sea chanteys, and show/swing tunes.

Coming in April

Coming in May!

Tickets available now at Passage Into Fear


The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park honors the men and women who served their country in the U.S. Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine by documenting their contributions and experiences and preserving their legacy for future generations through their individual stories.

If you're interested in telling your story whether it happened 50 years ago or last year, contact us! We want to tell the individual stories of all veterans!


The Veterans Memorial Center, Inc. (DBA The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization IRS EIN: 33-0361154; California Registry of Chritable Trusts: CT-76500.



Kumeyaay Elementary School

5th grade visits the museum.

Veterans Museum Video

San Diego's Veterans Museum Provides Honorable Burials

Spirit of 45 2013

Aerial view of Veterans Museum