Discover San Diego’s coveted secret for art lovers at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. Located between the Zoo and the Natural History Museum, these quaint buildings and colorful courtyard were originally built in 1935. They depicted a charming old village in Spain for the second California Pacific International Exposition. In 1937, the Village reopened as an art destination by a group of dedicated artists. During World War II the U.S. Army used the village for temporary barracks, and in 1947 it was reclaimed and restored by the artists.
Over the last 60+ years, San Diego artists have continued to preserve and enhance this historical landmark by adding to its beauty with colorful concrete tiles, flowers and unique studio entryways. Today the Village continues to be a thriving community of over 200 local artisans who share their talent and the love of all things art with you. Independently juried local painters, sculptors, metalsmiths, jewelry designers, clay artists, gourd artists, photographers, printmakers, fiber artists, basket makers, mixed-media artists, glass artists, enamel artists and many many more await you. Watch daily demonstrations in studios, on the colorful courtyard and visit the onsite glass blowing facility.
Spanish Village is right next to the San Diego Zoo. You can see tiny hints along the outskirts: