To start looking at the featured collections, select the filter buttons at the bottom of the screen or simply type in a search.
Currently available collections include:
Want to save what you see?
In the SETS section you can save your favorite objects.
Working on a school project?
You can download or save your sets as a PDF, PowerPoint, Zip files.
A set can contain up to 12 items on the site, and you can make as many sets as you want.
You must create a user account and log in to the site to be able to make sets.
General Information About The Terms and Conditions
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative provides this website (the “Website”), the Balboa Park Commons, in support of the educational and charitable missions of the participating Museums and Cultural Institutions. The goal of the Website is to further the understanding of the humanities by the public by providing online access to the Balboa Park cultural institution’s digital collections.
The Balboa Park Museum and Cultural Institutions participating in the Balboa Park Commons are the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Natural History Museum and The Timken Museum of Art. Participating institutions may change at any time and collections are updated on an ongoing basis.
Your Agreement to Terms and Conditions
YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THE WEBSITE IN ANY WAY SIGNIFIES THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND, AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the “Terms and Conditions”). THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE MAY REVISE THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT ANY TIME, WHICH REVISIONS SHALL BIND YOU. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE BALBOA PARK COMMONS WEBSITE AND REFRAIN FROM FURTHER USE. By accessing or using the Website you also represent that you have the legal authority to accept the Terms and Conditions on behalf of yourself and any party you represent in connection with your use of the Website.
About this site
The Balboa Park Commons is an online portal representing the digital collections of the Balboa Park Museums and Cultural Organizations. It gives you the ability to browse and search a variety of museum collections, as well as look at featured collections (referred to as “Sets”) arranged by the Museums. It also allows you to create your own Sets of the collections, and save and download the Sets for personal and educational use. The site requires you to create a user account in order for your sets to be saved, accessed and retrieved. You also need to be logged in to the website to download individual images.
The Website may contain trademarks, service marks, logos and other names that are the property of Balboa Park Online Collaborative. Such trademarks, logos and icons may only be used in accordance with our trademark policy.
Fair Use is permitted
We encourage you to use the materials on the Website for educational purposes. Fair use of copyrighted material is permitted and it includes the use of protected materials for non-commercial education purposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news reporting. Unless otherwise noted, users who wish to download or print text and images or other files from this Website are welcome to do so without the express permission from the Museums and Cultural Institutions. Users must cite the author and source of this material as they would material from any printed work. Users must provide the following information in their citations (if that information is available): Title, Artist/Creator, Creation Date, Item Id, Source Institution, and "Source: © Name of Institution that Owns the Material" and the inclusion of a URL of the source is encouraged.
By downloading the files and text from this Website, you agree to limit the use of such files to Fair use and not to violate the Museums and Cultural Institutions or any other party’s property rights.
All content on this site is protected by copyright laws. Images, text, software, documentation, electronic text and image files, audio and video files and clips and other materials (collectively referred to as the “Materials”) on the Balboa Park Commons site are protected by copyright laws and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The Museums and Cultural Institutions retain all rights it may hold, including copyright, data, image, text and any other information contained in these files. Copyrights and other proprietary rights in the Material on this website may also subsist in individuals and entities other than, and in addition to the Balboa Park Institutions represented on this site.
Commercial Use is Prohibited
Commercial use of Materials on the Website is strictly prohibited. Anyone wishing to use any of these Materials for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than Fair use as defined by law, must request and receive prior permission from the individual Institution representatives for them. Contact information for each museum is located on this website at http://www.balboaparkcommons.org/collections/listview . Museums can be contacted via phone or email at:
Mingei International Museum, email@example.com, 619-704-7532
Museum of Photographic Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego Air and Space Museum, email@example.com, 619-234-8291 x125
The San Diego Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego Museum of Man, email@example.com, 619-239-2001 x48
The Timken Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservation of Rights
Nothing on the Balboa Park Commons website or in these Terms and Conditions grants, expressly or implicitly, by estoppel or otherwise, any right or license to use any content or property of any third party, or may be construed to mean that the Museums and Cultural Institutions has any authority to grant any right or license on behalf of any third party.
Any communication or material you post, transmit, or distribute to the Balboa Park Commons website by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data or other content, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, is and shall be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. Anything you transmit or post may be used by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative or its Museum affiliates for any purpose, including but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure (to law enforcement entities or others), transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting.
Users agree not to use the Website to:
In addition, you may not (and may not authorize another party to): (i) frame or otherwise co-brand the Website (for example, by displaying a name, logo, trademark or other means of attribution of a third party that is reasonably likely to give the user the impression that that third party has the right to display, publish or distribute the Website); or, (ii) use the Website in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage or impair such the Website, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Website.
WARRANTY AND INDEMNIFICATION
By using the Balboa Park Commons Website in any manner, you represent and warrant that your use shall be consistent with these Terms and Conditions, including Fair Use. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, its affiliates, trustees, directors, officers, employees, or agents harmless from all claims, causes, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees), judgments, liabilities, losses, and damages arising from or relating to your use of the Balboa Park Commons Website.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE AND THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS PROVIDE THE SITE ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. YOUR USE OF THE SITE, CONTENT, AND COMPILATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE AND THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP AND/OR NONINFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHTS OR OTHER THIRD PARTY PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE AND THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE SHALL PROVIDE CONTINUOUS, PROMPT, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE SERVICE. THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE AND THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS MAKE REASONABLE, ONGOING EFFORTS TO REVISE AND UPDATE THE SITE, BUT ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, INCLUDING THE INACCURACY OF CONTENT, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES THAT YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY MAY INCUR AS A RESULT OF THE UNAVAILABILITY OF THE SITE. THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE AND THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES MAY AFFECT, YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER PROPERTY ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE REPRODUCTION OF THE CONTENT OR COMPILATION.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
NEITHER THE BALBOA PARK ONLINE COLLABORATIVE AND THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, ITS AFFILIATES, TRUSTEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, COMPENSATORY, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES) ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO YOUR USE OF THE SITE, CONTENT, AND/OR COMPILATION.
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative and the Museums and Cultural Institutions are committed to protecting your privacy when you visit the Balboa Park Commons Website. In order to take advantage of the ability to create and download Sets, groupings of collection images and text, you must create and account and provide a username, email address and password.
Children Twelve and Under
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative and the Museums and Cultural Institutions do not solicit personal information from children. Visitors twelve year of age and under should remember that they are required to obtain an adult’s permission before submitting any personal information this or any other website.
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