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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 (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.

Neighborhood: Downtown

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
please check website for updates.

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Events to check out

Event

Photo Ark

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2017

Photo Ark is a multiyear National Geographic project with a simple goal - to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear and to inspire people to care. Each image is a...

Event

Wild Africa 3D

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 1 - Apr 29, 2017

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...

Event

Ultimate Dinosaurs

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 25 - ongoing

Prehistory takes on 21st century technology in Ultimate Dinosaurs , an exhibition featuring 16 fully-articulated dinosaur specimens from locations in the Southern Hemisphere. Meet new and exotic...

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 NATtalks and family programs. See site for details.
  • Our Canyoneer trail guides offer free nature hikes throughout the County.
  • Traveling exhibitions arrive 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 NATtalks and family programs. See site for details.
  • Our Canyoneer trail guides offer free nature hikes throughout the County.
  • Traveling exhibitions arrive 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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