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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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1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
Balboa Park
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"the dead sea scrolls"
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"dinosaur skeletons"
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"southern california"
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

The museum was nice. They had some nice exhibits. But at times I did feel like I was just in a building where you walk into a room, look at some stuff, and then leave. I think the setup was a bit awkward for some...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2016

Set in the beautiful Balboa park with lots of other places to see and things to do with ample free parking.

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

We attended this museum as part of a work party. It was a fun Night at the Museum theme with cocktails dinner and dancing. We had time to explore some of the exhibits on the main floor including the fossil relics and dinosaur exhibit. The...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Admission: $19 (one of the highest admission among all 15 museums in Balboa Park) There are 3 floors plus basement special exhibit. Now they are showing Whale. On first floor, there is a small coffee stand and kids playground. Also, there is theater showing...More

Thank ILoveFoodComa
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is one of the museums we were looking forward to visiting in the park. It is very attractive on the outside and looks big. It isn't, it actually has limited display areas. (This seems common to many of the museums in the park.) It...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2016

We did the museum day pass that allowed 5 museums in one day. This one probably ranked third out of 5. Good exhibits, just not a lot of them.

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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Only one of Balboa Park's great museums. Be sure to plan enough time to see all 3 of the 3D movies scheduled throughout the day.

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Visited recently on a wet day in San Diego, the museum is good and worthy of a few hours but it is not a full day out, the Dinosaur exhibits are well presented with a couple half skinned which is an interesting idea Combine with...More

Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

Two of us spent five hours at this enthralling museum. It was very busy, particularly with young children as we visited on a Tuesday when entry was free for local residents. The exhibits were excellent, the museum was clean and well laid out and there...More

Thank David A
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Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

My son loves museums as I do. Especially Dinosaur museums. This definitely isn't a dinosaur museum but does have a great whale section in the lower level. It was a very nice time of learning and looking at nicely done displays. Could have done without...More

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Sarah M
3 October 2017|
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Response from Dale F | Reviewed this property |
If you want to immerse yourself in the experience, give yourself 60 to 90 minutes. Multiple floors. Interactive displays. Distinct time frames. A gem.
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Joyce S
12 February 2017|
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Response from Dale F | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Plus you can get there by the San Diego Trolley tour shuttle, which has various pick-ups throughout the city.
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