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San Diego Natural History Museum

Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92104
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+1 619-232-3821
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Features fascinating exhibitions and a new giant-screen Dolby digital 3D...

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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Informative and fun!

My son who is currently obsessed with dinosaurs keeps voting to go to this museum as it is included in our Balboa museum membership package. Filled with lots of interactive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Kerhonkson, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balboa Park is a very cool place. Have a game plan when going in can assist in not becoming overwhelmed. We did the Museum of Natural History today and it was delightful.

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Thank Ridgewalkersss
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son who is currently obsessed with dinosaurs keeps voting to go to this museum as it is included in our Balboa museum membership package. Filled with lots of interactive exhibits for kids, it is extremely informative in a variety of topics- ranging from fossils, local flora and fauna, water sourcing etc. The short movies that are included in the... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While not as large as equivalent museums in other cities, I still found San Diego's version enjoyable. We especially enjoyed the local focus of the exhibits, showing what ancient fauna lived in the area at different points in time. The admission is reasonable. If you plan to see several of the Balboa Park museums, get a multi museum pass. If... More 

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Emeryville CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to thi museum before and really liked it. I enjoyed re-visiting some of the permanent exhibits, like the Fossil Mysteries, the Coast to Cactus and the Skulls exhibits, but two new exhibitions really hit home with me, and in different ways. The Photo Ark exhibit, a series of photos of mostly threatened and endangered species, but also some... More 

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Ripon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you go here, get the multi museum pass because this one goes kind of quick, especially if you are already into fossils

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The webpages advertised dinosaurs and animal life in California. There are film features included in the price of admission. Even with the three hours allocated to the museum we had to rush through the top two floors and could not see everything. It would be best to give yourself at least four hours or more. We went on a Friday... More 

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although not a large collection, it was an interesting visit. We particularly liked the National Geographic photo gallery. Some interactive displays for the kids.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We fully enjoyed this museum with its many varied exhibits. The special exhibit on how animals movements and design was most enlightening and the exhibits on fossils and natural history of this part of California taught me many things.

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Thank Lee F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We were down in SD for a soccer tournament for the Big Bean and wanted to take the little beans somewhere fun. They loved it..from the 2 year to the 16 year old. I would highly recommend for any family!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a spicial show in the basement with an extra fee. Well worth the $10 per person, kids loved the real sized T-Rex "SUE" from the The Feild We spent about one hours in this exbits

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