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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-239-2001
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...

The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, race, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.

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This is a museum for all ages. It has some hands-on activities for children. We found the monsters area interesting. On the second floor, there is an interactive table that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a museum for all ages. It has some hands-on activities for children. We found the monsters area interesting. On the second floor, there is an interactive table that compares meals over time across cultures- pretty cool! The best part is what appeared to be a temporary or traveling exhibit on RACE. It was extremely intriguing and informative. This... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The premise of this museum caused me to choose it over the others in Balboa Park as I was trying to save money. But it's pretty average, a little dated and not as interesting as I had hoped. There were some cool exhibits, the human evolution room was interesting as was the exhibit on race. I wasn't drawn in particularly... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an academic and former museum professional, I guess I expected a big city museum of humanity to have a lot to tell. Instead, it was a mash of disjointed exhibits that had little to do with one another and certainly did not tell the human story. There was an exhibit on beer, one on mythical monsters, and an another... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Not a huge museum, and not especially high-tech. But the exhibits were so thoughtfully put together. The Race exhibit was especially moving. Not sure the cannibalism was for me-- but well done. We started on that end of the park and worked back to the more typical museums. Balboa Park is a wonder of the world!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My son and I walked through the museum, and it's extra exhibit-Cannibals! The museum was very interesting-had a nice selection of Mayan and Egyptian items (most are reproductions but interesting anyway). There was a small exhibit about the San Diego brewing scene and a section of 'Monsters' for kids to enjoy. The Cannibal exhibit was really cool. There were historical... More 

Thank Krisathome
Dallas GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Museum had an exhibit, "Race: Are we so different?" A pretty extensive exhibit! As a 60 year old urban white man from the south, it took me deep into the thoughts and experiences of races I have lived around all my life. l learned that still, I was not aware of many things that people of other races experience. The... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Part of the old World Expo site in Balboa Park, this museum is quite small. Most of its exhibits are copies of the real items, which, if you have seen the real items (as I have for many of the items in stock), it is a disappointment. There are not many items to actually view either. Which is another disappointment.... More 

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Weare, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Well worth the admission price. There is a combination ticket that includes the museum, the special exhibit, and a climb up the tower. This time the special exhibit was about cannibalism. It took about an hour to see the museum and then an additional hour to see the special exhibit. There was a comprehensive exhibit about Mayan life as well... More 

Thank Rem4
Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The beer exhibit was good but a little small. The race exhibit was not as good as when we saw it in Denver. The space it occupied made it haphazard and really ruined the flow of the exhibit. The cannibal exhibit was an extra fee and we weren't given that information when we purchased our ticket. Overall it is a... More 

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Shaker Heights, OH
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The building is fantastic, and the museum could be great, but it is not. It is simply not worth the $13.00 entrance fee. (I didn’t pay the extra $5 to go in the tower.) The whole place is run down, dirty, and the exhibits are few and average at best. When I read the reviews of how amazing the evolution... More 

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