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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
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+1 619-232-3821
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Reviewed yesterday

Family trip with cousins, aunts and uncles and this was popular with everyone! We bought the passes that let you go between any 5 of the museums in Balboa Park, which worked out great, but the Natural History Museum was the first stop!

Thank EllenK1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Balboa Park is a family favorite for us! So many wonderful museums to choose from! We picked the NHM because the rep sold us on a great deal! Family pass with +1 guest and as many kids under 18 whom I bring with! Amazing! Especially...More

Thank kelly f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the San Diego area 4 times in the last 10 years and have been to the Nat every time. It is about time that the time modernises a bit. It is a bit too static and apart from the special exhibition very...More

Thank Anco M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours wandering around. They have great exhibits for adults and kids.

Thank marlaher
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting on a anniversary trip and had a couple of hours to kill before dinner and a Mainly Mozart concert. Decided to try this museum had had a good time at the Air and Space museum on another visit. Don't waste your time this is...More

Thank Tallcop
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 12 June 2017

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 6 June 2017 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 23 May 2017

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
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