San Diego Archaeological Center provides visitors with a story about people living in San Diego, California as far back as 10,000 years ago. The museum is also a research and education facility determined to collect, study, and curate the artifacts found at the museum. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. The museum is not open Monday or Sunday. There is no fee for entry, though a donation of $2 per person or $5 per family is appreciated. The donations go to keeping the facility running.
At present the center has 648 collections and it is updated frequently. Some of the collections include the Archaeological Mitigation Monitoring Report for Los Vientos Project, Cultural Resources Report, Investigations conducted, Boomtown to Ballpark, South Region Elementary Project, Labor and Life Styles, and National Register properties and artifacts.
The study of archaeology is based on humans and their past through examination of material remains and artifacts. The collections look at discoveries found in the San Diego area to help map the migration of people through the region, how they lived, died, hunted, and gathered, and their daily lives up through current populations.