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San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 232-3821
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Region: Downtown Hours of Operation: Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Subject to change, please check website for updates
San Diego Natural History Museum--theNAT

The San Diego Natural History Museum features fascinating exhibitions and a giant-screen Dolby digital 3D theater.

Spend some quality time with your family while you learn about and appreciate our natural environment at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The Museum's exhibitions focus on the unique and biodiverse southern California region. The Museum hosts several traveling exhibitions each year which teach visitors about our natural world as it is today and as it was in the past.

Fossil Mysteries, a highly interactive exhibition, explores big themes in science: evolution, extinction, ecology, and Earth processes. Abundant fossils, models, murals, and dioramas offer unique multi-sensory experiences. You'll see the world - past and present - in a whole new way.

Coast to Cactus in Southern California is a brand-new, permanent exhibition that takes visitors on a journey through this amazing place we call home. Not only is San Diego one of the nicest places to visit, it’s one of the most interesting places in the world due to its amazing diversity of plant and animal life. The coastline, mountains, deserts, and more - it's all here, ready to be explored.

Also on display is Skulls, featuring over 200 research specimens of animals from around the world - mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, ranging from the big and spectacular (a rhinoceros, a big-horned sheep, a giraffe) to the miniature (California's own tiny Western Black-headed Snake). The exhibition includes a chalkboard wall, so visitors can ask their own questions or draw their favorite skulls on the wall!

Get ready to explore the wild and wacky worlds of mysterious creatures, fascinating habitats, and phenomenal science with Ms. Frizzle every month as a part of Family Days. Wind up your mental motor and cruise on down to surf some brain waves with the Frizz, from The Magic School Bus® series.

The Museum also features lectures, family programs, seasonal camps, and guided nature walks around San Diego!

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  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Outdoor
  • Kid Friendly
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Child
  • General Admission Senior
  • Private Room Capacity: 500


A Reef Reborn 3D
A Reef Reborn 3D

3/18/16 - on-going

Wild Africa 3D

9/6/16 - on-going

Animals: Machines in Motion

10/29/16 - 1/1/17