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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 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

A wonderful experience that gives one a taste of the history that San Diego and Southern California has to offer. Not the largest museum I’ve been to but more than enough for the day - especially when combined with everything else Balboa Park has to...More

Thank bandaibob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the natural history museum and spent the better part of an afternoon exploring the 4 floors. There's something for everyone here and more on the way. I think that this place would appeal to families with kids (maybe 5+, I would say) because...More

Thank rpcverin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another cool museum with neat exhibits to see, including mammoth skeletons and butterflies with almost holographic wings! I also enjoyed the theater which was showing a screening of the animals on the Galápagos Islands. Some presentations are a tad dated with one computer exhibit about...More

Thank Colby S
Reviewed 9 November 2017 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 6 November 2017

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 25 October 2017

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
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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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