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San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
+1 619-239-2001
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, race, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is much smaller than I thought it would be but does have some neat exhibits. We added on the cannibals exhibit which was interesting but I'm not sure it was worth the extra $6/each. The building itself is gorgeous Mission architecture (all of Balboa...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It’s definitely a unique museum but it is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. Not a lot to each exhibit, but it is still worth the money to check out

Thank kpodell
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My 18-year old daughter and I spent a week in San Diego on vacation. One of the days of our trip was spent at Balboa Park. When she saw the signs for the cannibalism exhibit, her interest was certainly piqued! I have to admit, the...More

Thank MKEPanther4
Reviewed 1 week ago

Balboa Park is a huge historical inner city park with many museums and exhibits that could keep a visitor busy for several days. We picked our favorite museum to visit, the Museum of Man. There is something to pique the interest of every age group....More

Thank CyndyandByron
Samantha A, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear CyndyandByron, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Museum! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look forward to sharing your comments with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon! If you have any questions in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here on New Years Day 2018, one of the few buildings that was open that day in Balboa Park. I am glad it was open because this museum is fantastic! We started with an exhibit on beer through history. It was incredibly interesting...More

Thank russkwtx
Samantha A, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear russkwtx, Thank you for your review of the Museum! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look forward to sharing your comments with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon! If you have any questions in the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This anthropology museum features two floors of exhibits. A number of interesting topics are explored, including monsters, beerology (the history and cultural importance of brewing beer), ancient Egypt, the Mayans, and the Kumeyaay native Californians. My favorite was the second floor exhibit about race, which...More

Thank Dmarkwind
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Along with the interesting history of man tour, you can also take a very nice tower tour and see the exhibit on cannibals (both at extra cost). There were many interesting aspects in the history of man museum (race, human evolution, different cultures, mummies, and...More

Thank rpver
Reviewed 11 December 2017

My overall experience was good. The Museum of Man was very neat. I had never been to Balboa Park before so I really enjoyed the buildings and scenery. The Museum has a lot of different exhibits. The one I focused the most on was the...More

Thank missesgilbert
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

There was an excellent mix of exhibits to keep even my 7yo entertained. We tend to move quickly through museums, but we could have made it last longer than the 3 hours we were there. I could see spending 6 or more hours exploring everything...More

Thank Jenszoo
Reviewed 7 December 2017

A small museum with interactive, accessible, and unique exhibits. Highlights include an exhibit about ancient beer, the history of owning pets, different cultural beliefs about monsters, and the history/circumstances that have led to cannibalism. Certainly a quirky but fun range of exhibits! I learned so...More

Thank April S
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robert c
20 December 2016|
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Response from Mark P | Reviewed this property |
Hi--well good news and bad news. Museums are free to resident's on Tuesdays, but the cannibal exhibit is extra charge even on free days. Good luck!
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