San Diego Natural History Museum

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  • Address: Balboa Park, 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6192323821
  • Ticket Price: 19 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Natural History Museums

Founded in 1874, this museum is the oldest scientific institution in California. The museum focuses on the natural heritage of southern California. Most of the excitement surrounding it is generated by travelling special exhibitions, but the permanent exhibitions aren't bad. For example, see the Allosaurus skeleton. The catch the Fossil Mysteries interactive exhibition that explores evolution, extinction, and ecology. Coast to Cactus in Southern California focuses on San Diego itself. Kids especially love Skulls, a collection of 200 animal skulls from around the world. Finally, see what's playing on the giant Dolby digital 3D theater.

  • Disabled accessible.
  • Check out the museum store and the dinosaur cafe.

  • Senior (62+) Student, Military (with ID): $17
  • Youth (3–17) $12
  • Free for under 2, and the disabled.

  • Summer (May - September approx) Fridays: Closes at 8pm.

  • Bus 3, 120 stop 5th Av & Laurel St.
  • Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl.
  • Drive to here.

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  • San Diego Natural History Museum Address: Balboa Park, 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
  • San Diego Natural History Museum Contact Number: +1-6192323821
  • San Diego Natural History Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • San Diego Natural History Museum Price: 19 USD
  • Best time to visit San Diego Natural History Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit San Diego Natural History Museum: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 0.64% of people who visit San Diego include San Diego Natural History Museum in their plan

  • 53.85% of people start their San Diego Natural History Museum visit around 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see San Diego Natural History Museum

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

85.71% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Diego Natural History Museum

People normally club together Bernardo Winery and The San Diego Museum Of Art while planning their visit to San Diego Natural History Museum.

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  • The most beautiful, educational, and interactive museum in San Diego! Just went with my 4 yr. old and in-laws (though I have visited off and on since the 80s), and was shocked at the phenomenal displays. You feel immersed in natural history, and learning is painless and fun. The Southern California exhibits were world-class, and I learned a lot in such an easy and pleasant way. We watched the Backyard movie as well, and it presented environmental awareness in an inspiring and non-preachy way; just the perfect tone for someone who wants a fun day that's also edifying somehow. The interactive tools throughout the museum were perfect for all of us, ages 4-72. I highly recommend this museum!

  • My favorite place in the whole world. I have created memories here as long as i can remember. This museum includes info about prehistoric life (this museum inspires me to be a paleontologist), native wildlife, info about many animals including a bone exhibit prehistoric jungle pathway (its big), a place where you learn about mythical creatures, monthly exhibits changing every month and many other s waiting to see you. Honestly take your family there. Also there is wheelchair ramps, a cafe, gift shop, an imax, and bathrooms. The best place in the world please go there.

  • The Nat always has interesting exhibits that keep my daughter entertained and enthusiastic about learning more. The recent display of items from the basement was a cool flashback to how museums used to display items. I especially like the specialty exhibits they bring in. They had the King Tut exhibit on the Pharos that was unique a while back....

  • One of the best museums in Balboa Park. There is something in here sure to interest everyone in your group. The exhibits are informative and I never fail to learn something new every time we visit. This museum is multi level but is accessible via elevators. Gift shop and cafe are on the main floor. The bottom floor is usually reserved for large traveling exhibits (and the Nat always manages to book some really great ones!) Great for all ages.

  • Went on a Sunday afternoon with my 4 and 7 years old and they really enjoyed it. It was not too busy. We stayed there for about 2h30 min. Lots of interactive, hands on stations for the kids. Many wow moments for them. Definitely a kid friendly museum where they will learn and have fun. There is a coffee/snack bar on the first floor and a kids' "backyard" (play area for age 0-5). Great experience.

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