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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.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We recently moved to the area and are big fans of natural history museums. This was a wonderful experience and very well done. We went with our three year old twins and they had a blast-it’s very family and kid friendly! There are three levels...More

Thank Erik M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is clearly a great place to visit for people of all ages as we saw on our visit with th exhibits beautifully displayed. The entrance hall is itself a visual treat and the coffee cafe very good.

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not the Smithsonian or NYC Natural History Museum. And, it's pricey if not bought on a package or a free Tuesday (one per month). But membership is covered for less than two visits and special exhibits can be fabulous for a museum this...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Having visited various natural history museums we gave this one a shot. It was ok but most the fossils are cast replicas it is very educational on the species and extinct species that roamed the surrounding area.

Thank SargentTom
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The displays are well presented and informative, and there are plenty of well-informed, friendly docents who are willing to answer questions.

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Recently went with my mom and 2 yr old son. He loved it! We were told that the dinosaur exhibit would be closing in a couple of days, and that the admittance charge was nearly double the regular admittance fee. We went for the exhibit...More

1  Thank christina653
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Interactive, surprising and fun for all ages. Exhibits invite you in. The information captures you. Great gift shop as well.

Thank Dale F
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We saw this museum as part of the Balboa Park Explorer pass that I had purchased. By the way, I feel that I must put in a plug for purchasing an Explorer pass. If you are planning to visit several museums in seven consecutive days,...More

Thank aloha056
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

What a gem for our community! I took our twins when they were small and we did everything from just wandering leisurely through the myriad exhibits, to having them attend the summer camps (fun and educational) to enjoying the fabulous sessions with Ms Frizzle and...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Adults and preschoolers in our party had a wonderful time. I appreciate the staff's attention to creating kid-friendly exhibits they can touch and interact with (especially in the temporary dino exhibit) and the playful spirit throughout the museum. It worked well to break-up the exhibit...More

Thank OneBagJack
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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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