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San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego
CA
92101
Tel: 619.232.3821

Where are we going today?

The San Diego Natural History Museum is a fascinating place for the whole family to explore! It's a place where you can use your imagination as you explore lost civilizations. It's a place where you can come face to face with creatures long extinct. It's a place where you can learn all about nature, and the earth, and it's history.

It's a pretty incredible place indeed!

The San Diego Natural History Museum constantly has amazing exhibits that you can explore. Some change, so you know that there will be something new for you to explore each time you visit!

Topics of the exhibitions range, so you can make sure the kids are immersing themselves in an amazingly diverse collection of artifacts and history! You can explore the hidden worlds of the Mayan civilization, and uncover traditions, and lifestyle through artifacts on display.

You can explore the unique habitats of the southern California cactus - from the coast to the canyons, and even the mountains to the desert. There are hands-on interactions, live animals, and media all to show you why these species are so important to the state! (You won't look at a cactus the same again!)

Kids can get close to 200 skulls from creatures from all across the bloge. Mammals, reipltes, amphibians..their skulls are all on display so they can showcase incredible teeth, bills, horns...things you would never expect!

What would a natural history museum be without dinosaurs! The San Diego Natural History Musuem has a host of fossils from all across the region, where you can travel 75 million years back in time to explore the ice age, dinosaurs, and more...all history that happened right under your feet!

It's an invaluable day out for the family in San Diego - you won't believe how much amazing history can be found in the one location!

Enjoy! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$19
  • Children$14 (Ages 7 to 17) and $11 (ages 3 to 6)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

The museum have programs which are grade-specific from Pre-K to 12. They are dedicated to providing a quality education to students!.

I'm Hungry!

The Dino Cafe is a great place to fill those learning bellies! They offer hot and cold drinks, as well as lunch options like wraps and paninis.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe have salad options as well as bottled water so you can stay healthy if you like!.

Any Top Tips?

Look out for the family fun at the museum! There are once a month family days, Ms Frizzle on Sundays, storytime and even kids camps! .

Doing our bit

The museum have collected and preserved some incredible artifacts and stories from our history, and continue to research and look after them to educate all who visit.

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available for free, and service dogs are welcome. The north fig tree entrance is accessible and there are parking spaces too. The museum is accessible .

Can I get one of those?

There is of course a museum store where you can pick up educational items, and gifts such as shirts, mugs and books!.

More information

You can have birthday parties at the museum - it's a great way to celebrate with your friends!.

What people are saying?

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    This is about their customer service: Went there on the 4th of July, since we were visiting San Diego (we live just north, in the Inland Empire), purchased the one-day multi-park explorer at the recommendation of staff (wanted to get the most for our money) as well as the Maya exhibit pass, which we were told we were getting a discount on (...and did not). The Maya exhibit is good, but overpriced. As for the rest, we visited other museums that day and found out that there is an annual family pass offered through Balboa Park for less money ($84 less)...Read More

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    Great museum, a little pricey for a single visit. If you're a local just such it up and get a membership. You can also get a membership for multiple museums in the area, that is very with while.

    I took my 2 year old to see the King Tut exhibit. She was excited for exactly 5 minutes. The museum is kid friendly but i would recommend waiting until the kids are a bit older.

    Three most incredible find at the museum is Ms. Frizzle's class. That's right, Ms. Frizzle from Magic School bus comes in on the weekends and teaches different classes. My daughter...Read More

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    Not worth the ticket admission. Everything is outdated and not much too see. Go to LA Natural History museum if you can. Awesome museum. .new dinosaur exhibit that is huge and science museum is right next door and its free!!! And La half the price

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    Its a fantastic place to see exhibits that come into San Diego. Most of the exhibits are travelling one so you definitely should get up there and see. Just went and viewed the King Tut exhibit. So very interesting. Many of the pieces were replicas but the learning experience was full of knowledge. There are also a few interactive areas where you can get hands on and the 3D movie theater to see some amazing visual presentations. Just another great place at Balboa Park.

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    Disappointing and very over priced. The best part of the museum was the big tree outside. Which I didn't have to pay $20 to look at!

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by Ben Cheeseman

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This is about their customer service: Went there on the 4th of July, since we were visiting San Diego (we live just north, in the Inland Empire), purchased the one-day multi-park explorer at the recommendation of staff (wanted to get the most for our money) as well as the Maya exhibit pass, which we were told we were getting a discount on (...and did not). The Maya exhibit is good, but overpriced. As for the rest, we visited other museums that day and found out that there is an annual family pass offered through Balboa Park for less money ($84 less) than we had paid and is good for a whole year! We were told that it would be easily exchanged, but we couldn't do it at the Air and Space Museum, only at the museum we originally purchased them at. OK. We went back, but we were told unceremoniously (and rudely) that isn't their policy. Tough luck. Nothing more. Wow. That doesn't sound like it should be the response of charitable organization for public education. Well, we decided cooler heads prevail, so we waited over the weekend and yesterday and called today. After several calls, we found out all of the museums are vendors of Balboa Park (a city park) and they cannot and will not do nothing about it; when we called the NAT, it just keeps going to voicemail (like 10 times!). This is not just unprofessional, but in bad faith. We visit San Diego frequently; we live in the next county over. We take our kids to museums; there is a treasure trove there. This just leaves a bad taste in our collective "mouths". Seems like bad policies, worse customer service, zero accountability, and greed win out...again. So excited to break it to my kids that we aren't going back, despite what the other museums said about easily exchanging the passes for annual passes, because we got ripped-off. Stay classy, NAT! :(

by Corey Murphy

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Great museum, a little pricey for a single visit. If you're a local just such it up and get a membership. You can also get a membership for multiple museums in the area, that is very with while.

I took my 2 year old to see the King Tut exhibit. She was excited for exactly 5 minutes. The museum is kid friendly but i would recommend waiting until the kids are a bit older.

Three most incredible find at the museum is Ms. Frizzle's class. That's right, Ms. Frizzle from Magic School bus comes in on the weekends and teaches different classes. My daughter has been watching the old series when we stumbled across this one. She pretty much lost her mind when she really got to net Ms. Frizzle.

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