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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 good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
Balboa Park
+1 619-232-3821
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful, albeit small museum compared to the one in New York City. However, it is very manageable and maintained to the highest of standards. The new exhibit on dinosaurs is informative and entertaining complete with huge examples of several dinosaurs. Helpful guides...More

Thank AnneJericho
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the interactive exhibits and videos used in conjunction with the fossil displays. The kids were mesmerized by the dinosaurs and enjoyed finding the diploma stamp stations scattered throughout the exhibit. Educational, fun and worth the cost. The California centric exhibits were fun as...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is nice as far as it goes, but it is small compared to other natural history museums I've visited. There are exhibits on dinosaurs, and on the environment of Southern California. Be aware that for a building this size, especially one the encourages...More

Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid $55 for three of us to enter. I thought the skulls were quite interesting. Other parts of the museum were informative, but I expected more extensive exhibits. Apparently, large portions of the building are devoted to research. The building itself seemed to be...More

Thank 704edl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Plenty to do and see and some neat interactive set especially great for the kids.

Thank John H
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We've been to many Natural History Museums that were better, but it was OK. We didn't spend a lot of time here, but there are a lot of good exhibits for kids. What you SHOULDN'T miss is the 3-D Galapagos movies. I was short (25...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The 3D films alone are worth the visit but the special exhibits on the 2nd floor are extraordinary with explanations and close-up views of scientific milestones.

Thank jwyblf
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Displays a lot of California natural history. Nice place to bring your children for a better understanding of past, present, and possible future changes our environment plays in animal development. A little pricey @ $19 for adults (discounts for seniors, military, students, and children). Hope...More

Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This museum would not be interesting to small children. Seems that most exhibits had a lot of reading to go with it. However, we didn't do the dinosaurs because that cost was extra.

Thank donnainfl217
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I was very impressed with this museum. It currently has one of the best, most interactive dinosaur exhibits I've ever seen (and I've seen many - I like dinosaurs!) The museum is the perfect size to be interesting without being overwhelming. The Photo Ark exhibit...More

Thank Barbara B
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Joyce S
Is self parking available at the museum?
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