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San Diego Natural History Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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San Diego Natural History Museum Admission
from USD 19.95*
San Diego Natural History Museum Admission
from USD 19.95*
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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...more
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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 2 days ago

Disclaimer: My recent visit to "The Nat" was as a participant in the 144th Annual Meeting of Members, so the attendance was minimual and without groups of school children. As an older couple, my husband and I kept a slower pace, allowing us time to...More

Thank Regina M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's unfortunate that this museum added and charged a donation without asking during a purchase in its shop.

Thank Lynnbrownstone
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Dinosaurs... Animals.. Fossils.... 3 floors of display eye candy! Lots to look at.... read about. Some things to touch. A 3D theater. A refreshment area. What more could a museum enthusiast want? Take the kids/grandkids and enjoy this one! Also, there are elevators available if...More

1  Thank dreadpiratedb
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Family enjoyed this so much we joined as family members. Definitely educational and really fascinating. The IMAX theatre is nice and we watched a couple of movies as well. In the summer there are evening hours where you can enjoy their restaurant with drinks overlooking...More

1  Thank M2white
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Balboa Park is always such a pleasure to visit whenever we visit San Diego. One of its special attributes are the many museums to visit. The Natural History Museum is one of our favorites. The museum is made up of many floors each with a...More

2  Thank VictoriaAllen
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We came here for free with out reciprocal program from The phoenix science center. Nice exhibits the kids enjoyed ( 3, 9, 11, 11, 12) Spent maybe 2.5 hours here and had lunch on the grass in front. Worth the trip while at Balboa Park.

Thank Megan T
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Have visited before, and while this time the exhibits weren't as interesting (last time they had a great Titanic exhibit), it's still a good museum and worth a couple hours to wander through. We bought a 7day Balboa pass ($59 USD adult), so it was...More

Thank pudman43
Reviewed 1 August 2018

My husband and one of our children wanted to visit this museum but I didn't want to forfeit time outside at Balboa Park so I resisted at first. The $64 admission didn't help convince me either, but my family was adamant so I relented. Much...More

Thank gypsymamma
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise! Very nice displays. We really enjoyed the exhibits! We learned alot and had fun doing it. Simply amazing! The staff was knowledgeable and very friendly! I would love to visit this museum again.

Thank vacay365
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Great displays and interactive exhibits. A gem in Balboa Park. If you have several days to spend, start at the visitors center and get a multi day pass so you can visit more of the museums and save a few bucks.

Thank Karl and Sandra K
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Sarah M
3 October 2017|
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Response from Dale F | Reviewed this property |
If you want to immerse yourself in the experience, give yourself 60 to 90 minutes. Multiple floors. Interactive displays. Distinct time frames. A gem.
Joyce S
12 February 2017|
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Response from Dale F | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Plus you can get there by the San Diego Trolley tour shuttle, which has various pick-ups throughout the city.