CCI Museum + Food Truck Friday at Balboa Park!

by alyssa

Didn’t get all 4 days of San Diego Comic Con? Looking for something a little more peaceful then the Gaslamp? Want to see one of the nicest places in San Diego? Here is an opportunity to enjoy Balboa Park and it’s newest resident, the Comic Con Museum. Over 4 days of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), the museum is presenting a mini pop-up convention. No SDCC badge is required to enter and admission is free! It is first come first serve.

This is an excellent way to get out of the busy GasLamp for a ‘calm break’ or do something with the entire family. PLUS, if you are still craving a little crowds, there is Food Truck Friday with a variety of 15 unique trucks. There will be music too from 5:00pm–7:50pm — Sue Palmer: The Queen of Boogie Woogie returns to Balboa Park with members of her Motel Swing Orchestra.

Public transportation is available from Fashion Valley and downtown, as are bikes, scooters (yes, it’s that close) and lyft/uber. See below for links.

Specific features and attractions of the pop-up Museum will include:

    • The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T, an interactive, immersive experience that includes one of the largest-ever exhibits of Batman-related comics, art, games, props, costumes and vehicles.
    • Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50, an acclaimed display of original art exploring 50 years of Comic-Con program book covers. First unveiled in March, the exhibit will have an exciting new addition: the original Jim Lee artwork that graces the milestone 50th anniversary cover.
    • Daily panels in the Museum theater, organized by Comic-Con. Four panels per day will give the broader community a taste of the great variety and depth of Comic-Con programming. Full details will be announced as we reveal the complete Comic-Con programming schedule.
    • “Geek Couture: Designs from the Her Universe Fashion Show, for the first time ever, an exhibition featuring more than a dozen designs that have graced the Her Universe Fashion Show runway over the past five years. The exhibit will be expanded following the conclusion of the 2019 Fashion Show on Thursday night to include this year’s winning designs and select gowns worn by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.
    • Paint Like Bob Ross, in collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc., is a make-and-take art class where visitors can learn to paint like TV’s Bob Ross, under the supervision of a Certified Ross Instructor.
    • Mondo Gallery: 80 Years of Batman, the first ever traveling exhibit from the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, celebrating the history of Batman through 19 iconic and fan-favorite comic-book covers, reproduced as screen-printed posters.

The pop-up Museum will be open starting at 9.30 AM – 7pm Thursday – Saturday, till 5pm on Sunday. It is intended to represent an early preview of what to expect from the finished Comic-Con Museum when it opens in 2021 after renovations. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the project, and guests will be invited to support the Museum by joining as a Charter Member, with various levels of membership benefit on offer.

How to Get There
Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park (On some maps the Museum may still be labeled as ”Hall of Champions” (the previous occupants of the building). The street address is 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92103

    • Parking: The Museum is surrounded by three free parking lots, but they may be filled to capacity during peak hours. Free shuttles are available from other parking lots in the park. Click here for a parking map and more information.
    • Public transportation information can be found on the Balboa Park Website. The North bound 7 bus with stops on Broadway and the Fashion Valley bus from the Mission Valley area are both options to access the park.

Amenities and Access
The building is wheelchair accessible. The Museum contains an elevator to all three levels, ample restrooms, and a small café serving drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Free wifi is available, provided by Balboa Park. Seventeen other museums and art galleries are also located in the Park, along with the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Please note
Entry to the Museum is on a first-come-first-served basis and is not guaranteed.
Some individual activities inside the Museum (panel presentations, for example) are subject to capacity limits and are also offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Bob Ross class is being offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on a first come-first-served basis, one class from 11am-1pm; another from 3pm to 5pm. Capacity of each class is 20, participants must be age 16+ and all supplies are provided.
The Museum does not have a gift shop and no merchandise will be on sale, outside of the items associated with the Museum Charter Membership program.

Other questions?
Please email [email protected]


Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 and was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently, she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego set. She goes to as many cons as she can and enjoys the 'long form' storytelling of the television medium. She is also a foodie and is always up for trying new and different food.

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