The California Quadrangle, California Building, and California Tower were built as the main attractions at the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition. The beautiful structures were built in an elegant and ornate Spanish-Colonial Revival architectural style. The Tower is 60 metres tall with a Maas-Rowe carillon that plays the Westminster Chimes every 15 minutes. Also inside the building is the St. Francis Chapel which has a gilded Spanish altar, an Our Lady and Child statue and an effigy of San Diego de Alcala.
Inside this complex of buildings is the San Diego Museum of Man. Primarily aimed at kids, the museum's message of introspection and inclusiveness is universal. It's six exhibit focus on transcending the differences between people and finding commonalities. These are:
- BEERology : The millenia long history of beer
- Monsters! : The origin of mythological creatures from human psyches
- Cannibalism: Myth & Reality
- Race: Are We So Different?
- Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth - explores the now vanished culture
- Ancient Egypt.
There is also an actual C3PO from Star Wars. And you should totally climb the tower for the views.
- Your tower ticket is time specific. Be there 10 minutes before.
- Adult (18+: $13.00
- Senior (62+); Military (active/retired): $10
- Student/Youth: $8
- Child (3-12): $6
- Free for under 3
Additional charges apply for Cannibals or Tower Tour or for a Combination of both. The full combo general admission is $25
- Bus 3, 120 stop 5th Av & Laurel St.
- Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl.
- Drive to here.
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I went to the cannibal exhibit which was incredible. I had to go for a project for Anthropology; however it was far more than just an assignment. The exhibits are so interesting and the museum is so well organized. I left with a far better understanding of the topic and more than enough information to write my 12 page paper. I definitely plan to go back in the future and bring my family with me. Whether your alone or with people this is a great spot to visit! The area is beautiful and there are lots of places to eat nearby as well as many other attractions. Definitely plan to visit for the day if you have the time.
Ray and Cecilia were amazing tour guides for The Tower Tour! Ray was quick and witty with his stories he had prepared for each stop. My favorite part was learning about how The San Diego Zoo was started. The views were amazing and the staff was friendly. The tour is kid friendly and safe. There are a lot of stairs, so be mindful about how many shorter legs are in your group. Overall I had a blast and I highly recommend that you take this tour if you haven't already done so. And try to catch Ray’s tour if you can!
From monsters and beer history to tours in the Tower of California, our relationship with animals and the truth about cannibalism - there is something for everyone at the San Diego Man Museum. During your visit, you will explore many unique interactive exhibits that cover a wide range of human history and culture. In addition, you can make your visit even more memorable as part of the tour in the California Tower and visit the limited time exhibition, Cannibals: Myth & Reality.
I wasn't very impressed by this place. The general admission price didn't get you into very much and each additional exhibit cost more money to go see. The museum also seemed to really be pushing an agenda on me in the form of the exhibits rather than purely educate me and allow me to form my own opinions. There is plenty of things to do in Balboa Park. I don't recommend this unless you've seen everything else and still have a few hours to kill.
The exhibits are always unique and amazing. Last year was the torture exhibit and this year is the cannibal exhibit. There are additional exhibits as well. They have special events for members and discounts on exhibits. It is in the heart of Balboa Park so you can visit other exhibits or have lunch at Prado or take a walk before or after. Employees are always nice and friendly.