Immerse yourself into a world of swirling sardines, majestic sea turtles, and eye-popping life of the Cabo Pulmo reef in Baja California.
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 (theNAT). 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 theNAT, a flagship institutoin 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.
Permanent offerings include Fossil Mysteries and Coast to Cactus in Southern California, which together serve as a walk through the region’s prehistoric past and biological present. You’ll travel through a period of 75 million years—from the time of dinosaurs to present day—along the way learning all about this amazing place we call home. Skulls features 200 of the most fascinating animal skulls from the museum’s collection, and Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science invites visitors to explore treasures from its Research Library, including rare books, artwork, and historical documents displayed alongside plant and animal specimens.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.
Children 12 and under receive free entry with the paid admission of at least one accompanying adult at San Diego Natural History Museum. Valid for 2 children per paid adult.
A solo exhibition featuring the work of Abe Ordover, a renowned photographer and gallery owner based in San Diego. This is the final exhibition Abe is curating for theNAT before his retirement.
Take a spectacular ride across, over, and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth. Travel above the plains on seasonal winds, meet amazing creatures, and discover the fascinating secrets of this incredible world.
Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs stronger than steel? See why every living thing is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore how these marvels of natural engineering inspire us.
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