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San Diego Natural History Museum

Come on in. This place is full of life.

Nature lovers: this is your headquarters. For 150 years, the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) in Balboa Park has been the place where nature lovers gather to learn, discover, and share their love of this amazing place we call home. It’s where the natural world of Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula comes alive. Where else can you find live rattlesnakes and iguanas, a working beehive, and animal skulls of all sizes, all in one place? Go back millions of years to when sea cows, camels, and walruses lived in San Diego. Take a selfie with a megalodon shark and get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fascinating specimens we’ve had in storage. Then watch a Foucault pendulum prove that the earth is spinning (in case you weren’t sure).  

1788 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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Contact Info

(619) 232-3821
Toll-Free: (877) 946-7797
customerservice@sdnhm.org

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 10 AM–7 PM
Friday: 10 AM–10 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10 AM–5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Seasonal hours subject to change
please check website for updates.

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Events to check out

Event

Nat at Night

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 14 - Sep 6, 2024

It's four floors of TGIF. Explore the Museum after hours every Friday this summer. Enjoy access to all exhibitions, pop-up programming, and our rooftop patio for food and drinks.

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Summer of Wonder

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 24 - Sep 2, 2024

We’re going all out for our 150th anniversary with a summer full of wonderful. With new exhibits and extended hours, a new film in our theater, and Nat at Night every week, there will be whole...

Event

Garden Fair

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 29, 2024

Get growing with us. Spend a day in Balboa Park learning about our region’s beautiful and beneficial native plants during our Garden Fair featuring community partners and conservation...

What to Know:

  • Giant screen films are included with paid admission.
  • We offer discounts for seniors, military, and students.
  • Children 2 and under are free.
  • Parking is free in the adjacent lots just off Park Blvd.
  • Many of our fossils were found right here in San Diego by our Paleo team.

Don't miss:

  • See live animals in our exhibits, including snakes, insects, fish, and more.
  • We have a full schedule of Nat Talks and family programs. See site for details.
  • Our Canyoneer trail guides offer free nature hikes throughout the County.
  • Exhibitions change regularly. Check online to see what's coming up.

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Outdoor

What to Know:

  • Giant screen films are included with paid admission.
  • We offer discounts for seniors, military, and students.
  • Children 2 and under are free.
  • Parking is free in the adjacent lots just off Park Blvd.
  • Many of our fossils were found right here in San Diego by our Paleo team.

Don't miss:

  • See live animals in our exhibits, including snakes, insects, fish, and more.
  • We have a full schedule of Nat Talks and family programs. See site for details.
  • Our Canyoneer trail guides offer free nature hikes throughout the County.
  • Exhibitions change regularly. Check online to see what's coming up.

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Outdoor
  • Kid Friendly
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior
  • Total Number of Seats: 1,800

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