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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-239-2001
10:00 - 17:00
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...

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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Great Views on Tower Tour

There are many museums to choose from, but this one is worth stop if you have time and can take the tower tour. Our guide was a little rude but informative. It was also odd to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many museums to choose from, but this one is worth stop if you have time and can take the tower tour. Our guide was a little rude but informative. It was also odd to sign a liability waiver to take the tour.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here while some family members went to the zoo. This was relatively inexpensive but offers many exhibits. We really enjoyed spending time in each area and felt it was a good use of our time. From monsters, mummies to beer, you'll find something to capture your attention.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I chose the Museum of Man from the descriptions in the Balboa Park guide; we only had about 2 hours, and felt we made a good choice. We found interesting things to study even though the museum seemed focused on exhibits for families with kids. We especially enjoyed the Beer-ology exhibit about the history of beer in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This is a museum for all ages. It has some hands-on activities for children. We found the monsters area interesting. On the second floor, there is an interactive table that compares meals over time across cultures- pretty cool! The best part is what appeared to be a temporary or traveling exhibit on RACE. It was extremely intriguing and informative. This... More 

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Áth Cliath
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

The premise of this museum caused me to choose it over the others in Balboa Park as I was trying to save money. But it's pretty average, a little dated and not as interesting as I had hoped. There were some cool exhibits, the human evolution room was interesting as was the exhibit on race. I wasn't drawn in particularly... More 

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Reviewed 24 February 2017

As an academic and former museum professional, I guess I expected a big city museum of humanity to have a lot to tell. Instead, it was a mash of disjointed exhibits that had little to do with one another and certainly did not tell the human story. There was an exhibit on beer, one on mythical monsters, and an another... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Not a huge museum, and not especially high-tech. But the exhibits were so thoughtfully put together. The Race exhibit was especially moving. Not sure the cannibalism was for me-- but well done. We started on that end of the park and worked back to the more typical museums. Balboa Park is a wonder of the world!

Thank NewMexicoJill
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

My son and I walked through the museum, and it's extra exhibit-Cannibals! The museum was very interesting-had a nice selection of Mayan and Egyptian items (most are reproductions but interesting anyway). There was a small exhibit about the San Diego brewing scene and a section of 'Monsters' for kids to enjoy. The Cannibal exhibit was really cool. There were historical... More 

Thank Krisathome
Dallas GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Museum had an exhibit, "Race: Are we so different?" A pretty extensive exhibit! As a 60 year old urban white man from the south, it took me deep into the thoughts and experiences of races I have lived around all my life. l learned that still, I was not aware of many things that people of other races experience. The... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

Part of the old World Expo site in Balboa Park, this museum is quite small. Most of its exhibits are copies of the real items, which, if you have seen the real items (as I have for many of the items in stock), it is a disappointment. There are not many items to actually view either. Which is another disappointment.... More 

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