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San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
+1 619-239-2001
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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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  • Terrible4%
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1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

That museum locates at the Balboa tower building and climbing the tower is a good experience. This museum is near Carrillo bridge overlooking the park and parts of SanDiego Zoo. I went there for free on December night fest.,need 30 minutes long line waiting. The...More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is an anthropology museum. This is worth a visit - not just to those who have an interest in mankind - but to everyone in fact. It is located in Balboa Park and is housed in a very beautiful building. The museum has a...More

Thank Mazmannan
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Wow this will blow your mind. A very elaborate and well documented chronology and display from the beginning of time to present. I guarantee that you will learn important facts about man that you never knew before. Fascinating!

Thank J R R
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

When we visited there was a great exhibit on cannibalism, which was really engaging and an Egyptian one too. Our son really enjoyed the Monster exhibit and being a teacher I am definitely borrowing some ideas to take back to the classroom. The museum is...More

Thank Majella B
Reviewed 5 November 2016

I can't say enough about this venue! It is one of the most hidden treasures for weddings and other events in San Diego. Frances Chapel is one of the most beautiful chapels I have ever had the pleasure of stepping foot in. There is a...More

Thank kjjclay
Reviewed 28 October 2016

enjoyed the permanent exhibits ... thought provoking aspects. we enjoyed the temporary exhibit on cannibalism..was actually very interesting and offered more info than I expected. had a great tour guide to take us up the tower, so that was nice.

Thank Dsluus
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The tour of the tower was very well done. We went up one floor at a time, stopping at each to learn more about the history of Balboa Park and the tower. There was ample time at the top for admiring the views in all...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

It's a very nice museum, best thing is to climb the Tower, beautiful views of San Diego , of course you can spend weeks to explore Balboa Park and all the museums but Museum of man is one that you visit for sure.

Thank adriana l
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This "museum" resembled more of a children's' discovery center. There is so much for the young mind to learn about evolution of man, their culture, or different ethnicity. Not quite sure how the "beerology" exhibit fit into this museum although I found it interesting. Lots...More

Thank HawaiiAndi
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We bought a local pass that allowed us to visit most of the museums in Balboa Park and had looked forward to visiting the Museum of Man--loved the outside of the building with its iconic and newly refurbished tower, but when we went inside found...More

Thank Mark P
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robert c
20 December 2016|
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Response from Mark P | Reviewed this property |
Hi--well good news and bad news. Museums are free to resident's on Tuesdays, but the cannibal exhibit is extra charge even on free days. Good luck!