The Coast News Group

Explore art and history of UCSD campus

COAST CITIES — San Diego’s University of California San Diego is offering free tours of its campus to the public to discover its art and architecture provided by the UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program. These tours from 2 to 3:30 p.m. are geared to acquaint visitors with the sites of the campus, but are not intended for prospective students. Reservations can be made at (858) 534-4414 or university offers three types of tours that leave from the Gilman Entrance Information Center:

— Architectural Tours are offered Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 24 and repeat the fourth Sunday of the month. Get an inside look at the design and history of the university, from 1960’s modernist pieces to new sustainable buildings. Sights include the founding buildings of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Charles David Keeling Apartments (the campus’s first LEED Platinum certified building) and “Fallen Star,” the latest addition to the Stuart Collection. Architectural tours are offered on the fourth Sunday of the month.

— Walking Tours begin March 3 and repeat the first Sunday of each month. Take a leisurely stroll through the heart of campus for an up-close look at UC San Diego’s architecture and one-of-a-kind art pieces, including the Geisel Library and the “Sun God.” Walking tours are offered the first Sunday of the month.

— Bus Tours can be taken Dec. 16, Jan. 13, and then the second, third and fifth Sundays of the month. Enjoy a scenic ride for a general overview of the campus with stops at major UC San Diego landmarks. Sights include the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Moore’s Cancer Center, Birch Aquarium and Geisel Library.