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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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  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
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1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
Balboa Park
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
+1 619-232-3821
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I got there almost every time I visit. There is always a good exhibit going and my son loves it. Its a beautiful building and an amazing location

Thank Tonya6425
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Founded in 1874, the San Diego Natural History Museum is the oldest scientific institution in California. Explore Southern California's past to present with 3D films and numerous exhibits. We were lucky enough to see Ultimate Dinosaurs in February, 2017.

Thank 2TravelersMn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A huge collection of animals with entertaining ways of giving information. The kids in our party are quite young for this museum but were still entertained.

Thank Jodie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this museum with our 7 yo son, especially to see the dinosaur skeletons, but everything else was we'll presented too. Glad we did it, educational fun.

Thank Becky S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our Family loves Natural History Museums and we visit them quit often on our trips. This one is one we are definitely not coming back to see. The exhibits areas are very small and mainly non interactive. Save your money and visit a different museum

Thank Eran E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum of Natural History is definitely a hit for children. There's plenty to touch, see and do. The current rotating exhibit of random stuff from storage is intriguing. The restrooms leave something to be desired, especially those with a sign labeled "baby changing station."...More

Thank RDwarrior2010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinosaurs are typically my top interest in visiting natural history museums. This place had a few on display, but the exhibit they were part of, called Fossil Mysteries, was actually a timeline from the age of dinosaurs to the ice ages, so the emphasis was...More

Thank Dmarkwind
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very interesting museum which covered much of the local area. It had numerous exhibits of fossils, etc. which had much history about the area. It also had several short movies about varying subjects. Nice opportunity for students and adults alike to view...More

Thank gm_traveler_13
Reviewed 7 December 2017 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 30 November 2017

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
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Sarah M
3 October 2017|
Response from 2beans2000 | Reviewed this property |
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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