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San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
+1 619-232-3821
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Features fascinating exhibitions and a new giant-screen Dolby digital 3D theater showing films with a focus on the natural world. The Museum’s award-winning exhibit design team creates exhibitions that focus on the unique and biodiverse southern California region. In addition, the Museum hosts several traveling exhibitions each year which teach visitors about our natural world as it is today and as it was in the past.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
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Reviewed 20 February 2016

It is free to go to Balboa Park and only about $12 for adults to go to the Museum and you learn so much! The whole story of people! Additionally there is often a really cool seasonal exhibit!

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Just visited the Nat over the weekend and was surprised how good the displays were set up, very easy to read and observe. The children in the different areas we visited were having a great time with all the interactive displays. We saw a wonderful...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 7 January 2016

We were inclined to visit this museum as it is part of the reciprocal program with our local children's museum annual pass and as such provided free admission. It is a great way to burn some energy and get the kids out of the house...More

Thank badgergirl7901
Reviewed 1 January 2016

This museum is absolutely awful. One of the worst I've ever been to. It is an absolute waste of time and money. The displays are very basic and really limited. We saw a few skulls that could frankly be from any animal, some small sets...More

Thank Nick M
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

If you are coming to Balboa park for the day with young kids, definitely get the Explorer 5 museum pass. The Natural History museum is great, but small (5 or 6 exhibit areas). We saw a great movie walked around a bit (my kids aren't...More

Thank Stu S
Reviewed 11 December 2015

The entry ticket includes all the shows at the theater and I highly recommend watching them all! They'll be worth your time and entry fee. I absolutely loved all the shows they had when I was there. The museum itself is also pretty amazing with...More

1  Thank DianShan
Reviewed 8 December 2015

Completed impressed with the wonderful museum and maintenance. Great collection and accessibility. Must see place if in SAN.

Thank SandeepMasih
Reviewed 26 November 2015

If you are a history buff you will like this Maya Traveling Exhibition. Lots of visual displays and good write ups. Allow at least two hours to see everything. Also take advantage of the museums 3D theater. Three theater shows, each an hour apart so...More

Thank Emory B
Reviewed 21 November 2015 via mobile

I have been to The Smithsonian in DC.. This is part of this system. I love my local San Diego History Museum so much that I became a member. The admission doesn't break the bank!! Free Parking!!

1  Thank Bev B
Reviewed 18 November 2015

Visit this museum every time in San Diego and always something new added to see. They accept the ASTC Travel Passport Program card which gets you in for free. Very well maintained and clean. Love the old building and all the light and airiness. The...More

1  Thank LBJ66
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Sarah M
3 October 2017|
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It depends how old your kids are or what your goals are or if you attend a special exhibit or watch a movie in addition to seeing the general collection. Whew!! Those are a lot of conditions!! I’d say 2 hours or so... More
Joyce S
12 February 2017|
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