A small permanent exhibit traces the history of San Diego from the Kumeyaay, the Native Americans who lived along the coast for thousands of years, up to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Four small galleries feature changing exhibits. A film about Balboa Park is shown in the theater. Two very large murals painted by Charles Reiffel as part of the 1936 Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project hang in the main lobby.
The museum is accessible.