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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 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.

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
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Valid: Jan 25, 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. 

Events to check out

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Incredible Predators 3D

San Diego Natural History Museum
Oct 14, 2017 - ongoing

Enter the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies they use to succeed. From the mighty blue whale to the resourceful Darwin’s bark spider,...

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Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage

San Diego Natural History Museum
Nov 18, 2017 - ongoing

Unshelved offers a rare chance to see more than 200 specimens—beautiful and bizarre, big and small—from the Museum’s collection. Many of the objects have never been on public...

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Titans of the Ice Age 3D

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jan 23 - ongoing

Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Travel across monumental...

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Nat at Night

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 25 - ongoing

Kick off your weekends at The Nat this summer. The Museum will be open until 8 PM on Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend*, with half-price admission after 5 PM. The Museum...

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Desert Discovery Family Day

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 28, 2018

Far from deserted, our deserts are full of plant and animal life. From bees and snakes, to bighorn sheep and blooming cacti, see how plants and animals adapt to the heat, how they avoid it, and why...

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Oceans: Our Blue Planet

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 29 - ongoing

Oceans: Our Blue Planet by BBC Earth takes us on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the...

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Nature & Me Storytime: Insects

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 14, 2018

Come enjoy an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibitions. Storytime is held every second Thursday of the month. This month’s theme is insects. Open to all...

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The Secret Society of Adultologists

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 16, 2018

The San Diego Natural History Museum comes alive at night for an exclusive 21+ after-hours event, The Secret Society of Adultologists. This event includes all access to the Museum as well as science,...

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Nat Talk: Unnatural Selection

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 19, 2018

Join us for a talk by author and illustrator Katrina Van Grouw about her work celebrating Darwin’s theory of evolution. When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his...

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Backyard Wilderness 3D

San Diego Natural History Museum
Aug 1 - ongoing

Learn about the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses—in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, Backyard Wilderness displays a stunning array...

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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