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 birds and bees 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 as well as a giant-screen theater with daily showings of nature and adventure films.
The wilder side of San Diego is on display in Caught on Camera, a new exhibition showcasing photos of local wildlife as captured by "camera traps" — heat- or motion-triggered devices that snap images of animals who happen by. It's an eye-opening glimpse into the life all around us.
When you visit Fossil Mysteries and Coast to Cactus in Southern California, you'll travel through a period of 75 million years — from the time of dinosaurs to present day — along the way learning all about nature in this amazing place we call home. The Nat does conservation reseach in the Baja California Peninsula, and much of their work is on display in Expedition Baja. Get to know the museum's sparkly side in Hidden Gems, featuring gem and mineral specimens on every floor of the Museum. Living Lab brings visitors eye to eye with animals that are common to our region, and Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People invites visitors to explore treasures from the Research Library, including rare books, artwork, historical documents, and plant and animal specimens.
Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy fun adult and family programs, including interesting talks and free guided hikes.
Through its research collection, exhibitions, films, and programs, the museum fosters a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment.
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