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San Diego Natural History Museum

This stuff never gets old.

The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of southern California - from past to present - at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat). From rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to dinosaurs and fossils, to a Foucault pendulum that proves the earth is spinning, there's something for everyone at The Nat, a flagship institution in beautiful Balboa Park. Visitors will be impressed by the unique, interactive exhibitions that span across five floors. The museum features a giant-screen theater with daily showings of 2D and 3D films as well as rotating exhibitions that bring nature to life.

1788 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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Contact Info

(619) 232-3821
events@sdnhm.org

Hours

Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Subject to change
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Valid: Oct 30, 2018 - ongoing

Save $3 on Adult Admission and $2 off other admission categories at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Admission includes access to 3D films. 

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Escape The Nat is a unique escape room experience inside the San Diego Natural History Museum. It costs $30-40 per person, depending on number of people in the group. Escape The Nat reservations...

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Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2019

If you're going to explore San Diego, start here. From fossils and dinosaur bones, to taxidermy and live animals, get to know the natural history of Southern California—from past to...

Events to check out

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50 Greatest Wildlife Photos

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 29 - ongoing

Visitors will witness some of the most surprising animal behavior in the new National Geographic exhibition, 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs. Curated by renowned nature picture editor, Kathy Moran,...

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The Secret Society of Adultologists

San Diego Natural History Museum
Sep 20, 2019

The Secret Society of Adultologists is a whole new way to experience The Nat—stay late and rediscover your sense of wonder. This 21+ after-hours event features Museum scientists sharing...

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Nat Talk

San Diego Natural History Museum
Sep 23, 2019

In this talk, Nan Sterman discusses what makes a native plant native, the habitats that native plants come from, which are easiest to grow in San Diego’s gardens, how to grow them, how to use...

What to Know:

  • 3D and 2D 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:

  • 3D and 2D 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

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