Balboa Park Museum

Balboa Park Museum

Museum in the Park

Beginning in 1909, San Diego Chamber of Commerce president G. Aubrey Davidson suggested that the park hold an expo to coincide with the 1915 opening of the Panama Canal. Davidson believed an expo would help improve commerce (it would advertise that San Diego was the first U.S. port of call vessels encountered after passing through the canal and sailing north), build the city’s population, and expand the infrastructure of the park. He later explained the significance of holding the expo in San Diego: “I felt something must be done to get our city on the map and advertise it to the rest of the world. I knew we had something here that no other city had, and that all that was necessary was for the people to know about it.”San Diego would be the smallest city to ever hold a World’s Fair