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Museum Exhibitions

The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is an inviting 9,000-square-foot exhibition space that boasts three galleries, a sculpture court, and a museum store. We welcome you to learn more about and mark your calendars for our upcoming exhibitions:

2nd Annual Art Illustrated Exhibition
The Art of Fantasia and Other Disney Classics: The David Yaruss Collection
July 26, 2014 – September 7, 2014
Enjoy this unprecedented debut collection of over 250 original Disney animation cels, concept sketches, painted backgrounds and storyboard drawings featuring beloved Disney characters including Pinocchio, Snow White, Peter Pan and Mickey Mouse in the Art of Fantasia and other Disney Classics. These masterpieces from the Golden Age of Animation are shared by local San Diego collector, David Yaruss whose passion for collecting was first ignited in 1975 at one of the first Comic-Cons, held in the basement of the El Cortez hotel. Yaruss credits that experience with changing his life forever and kick-starting his passion for collecting original Disney animation art, comics, historical items and books that has grown into a collection he characterizes as “too precious not to share.”

“Learn to Fly” Family Party
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10 a.m.
Screening of Peter Pan along with family art activities and complimentary popcorn. (Included with price of admission – children under 12 FREE)

“Growing Up with Nine Old Men” screening and panel discussion
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2 p.m.
The documentary was produced by children of Walt Disney’s core group of animators affectionately referred to as the Nine Old Men.  Enjoy the 30 minute film and discussion with Ted Thomas and Ken Lounsbery, children of two of the Nine Old Men.(Included with the price of admission).

Colores de la Muerte
October 2, 2014 – November 9, 2014

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Center’s museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 30 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence will be chronicled with insights into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Mingei International Museum, The University of Tijuana CUT, Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura (IMAC), and the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.

The Center will proudly participate in the San Diego Museum Council’s “Kids Free in October” event alongside 40 other museums located throughout San Diego County. Visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org for a full list of other participants and details.

Museum Month Exhibition – To Be Announced
January 22, 2015 – March 1, 2015
In honor of Museum Month, the Center Museum will offer half-priced admissions to anyone who has picked up a Museum Month Pass at a participating San Diego Macy’s store during the month of February. Check back  or visit our Facebook page - more information to come!

Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land
March 21, 2015 - May 4, 2015
In conjunction with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the Plein Air Painters of America, the Center proudly presents an exhibition of historic and contemporary plein air paintings.


During exhibitions, the Museum hours are as follows:

  • Mon – Wed: Closed
  • Thu – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sun: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Regular admission is $8. Senior (60+), military, and student discounts are available for $5. Center Members and children 12 and under are FREE! Class tours start at $30.

For more information, please call (760) 839-4138.

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