Community Access Pass (CAP)

Balboa Park Explorer gives back to the community through the Community Access Pass (CAP) program, which provides the opportunity for underserved families, and now active duty military families, to experience the cultural and educational joys of Balboa Park.

The CAP program partners with local non-profits to distribute free annual Balboa Park Explorer passes to economically disadvantaged, at-risk, and traditionally underserved families.  Established in 2017, the Military Appreciation Pass (MAP) program provides the same family passes to active duty military families living in San Diego County. The 16 participating cultural institutions graciously provide free admission to pass recipients, and the supply of passes is limited each year.

CAP and MAP help fulfill the Cultural Partnership’s mission to make the arts, science, and cultural experiences of Balboa Park accessible to all.

The sustained success of the Community Access Pass and Military Appreciation Pass programs would not be possible without the encouragement and generous support of these organizations: Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation; City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program; County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Program; Downing Family Foundation; Phyllis F. Epstein Non-Endowment fund of the San Diego Foundation; Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation; Noah Homes, Inc. (matching grant program); Kenneth T. and Eileen Norris Foundation; Price Philanthropies; Thursday Club; Tippett Foundation; Wells Fargo; and our VIP Patrons.

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Are you a Nonprofit (501c3 organization) interested in partnering with CAP?

Thank you for your interest in the Community Access Pass program! We are always open to growing and developing new relationships and partnerships with nonprofits throughout San Diego County.

We have a limited supply of free passes to distribute each year. These annual passes are for families that are interested in experiencing everything the Balboa Park cultural institutions have to offer. The objective of CAP is to provide this opportunity to families and individuals that are economically disadvantaged, at-risk or underserved, that may not otherwise have the resources to visit the participating museums.

Our goal is to make your participation in the CAP program as easy as possible. We ask that you designate a contact within your organization who can work with us to facilitate the pass distribution for those you serve. We handle the printing, provide additional materials, and deliver the passes to you for distribution.

If you would like to know more, please contact us at

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Our thanks to the many VIP Patrons, Corporate Partners, and sponsors who make this program possible.