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Comic-Con Museum opening in San Diego’s Balboa Park in November

San Diego Comic-Con has revealed plans to open the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park‘s Federal Building on November 26.

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San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has started construction on the Comic-Con Museum, located in Balboa Park’s historic Federal Building, ahead of the opening on November 26.

The Comic-Con Museum’s launch will take place alongside Comic-Con Special Edition, a smaller version of the summer Comic-Con event that occurs in autumn.

“We are eager to begin renovation on the old Federal Building and are excited to join the other esteemed museums in what is often regarded as the cultural heart of San Diego,” David Glanzer, a spokesperson for Comic-Con, said. 

SDCC starts construction on Comic-Con Museum

The Comic-Con Museum will feature exhibits, art and images that explore comics and popular culture. It will also serve as a meeting space for the comics community.

“Comic-Con may be a San Diego institution, but people from around the world have eagerly anticipated this year-round home to celebrate the popular arts they love,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

“With the museum’s construction underway, we’re closer than ever to welcoming a global audience to get a taste of the Comic-Con experience in the middle of our city’s crown jewel, Balboa Park,” he added.

The launch in November is the first phase of the museum’s opening, with a full opening expected in July 2022. The Comic-Con Museum will continue to expand its spaces in the coming months before the official opening.

Comic-Con Museum’s full opening in July 2022

The attraction will feature a year-round schedule of programmes and experiences, such as panels, experiential cinema, watch parties, esports, cosplay and concerts.

In addition, there will be a café with themed F&B and a gift shop selling comics, graphic novels, branded souvenirs and art.

“The consequences of COVID-19 have had its effect on SDCC, despite those challenges, the organization is moving forward with its promised construction and opening of the Comic-Con Museum,” Glanzer added.

“For a variety of reasons, chief among them the continuing global crisis, fundraising for the museum is not at the level we would have hoped.”

Images: San Diego Comic-Con

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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