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.





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                                  


January Events (Open to the Public) 

A great opportunity for Veteran Museum and Fleet Science Center Members in January!

Upon presentation of your membership card, Veterans Museum members (two adults and up to 6 children) will receive these privileges at the Fleet:

Free admission to all exhibit galleries

Discounted tickets to IMAX films, including their newest feature - Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas

Member discount in the North Star Science Store and Craveology Cafe

(Not a Member, Join Now)

Welcome Fleet Science Center Members!

Present your membership card for:

Free admission for your entire family to all exhibit galleries

Free Admission to all events (Some require advanced reservations)

10% discount on all Gift Shop purchases


January 19th


January 20th  

Buy Tickets Here


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