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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.

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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Save up to $3 on admission to The Nat

San Diego Natural History Museum
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. 

Entertainment

10% Off Escape The Nat

San Diego Natural History Museum
Valid: Oct 30, 2018 - ongoing

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...

Events to check out

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Escape The Nat: Botanic Panic

San Diego Natural History Museum
Aug 20, 2018 - ongoing

If you like solving puzzles and riddles with your friends, family, or coworkers, then Escape The Nat: Botanic Panic is the adventure you’ve been looking for. Billed as one of the first...

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National Parks Adventure 3D

San Diego Natural History Museum
Dec 9, 2018 - ongoing

MacGillivray Freeman Film's National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Moviegoers will soar...

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Family Day

San Diego Natural History Museum
Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2019

Spring break at The Nat is blooming with fun and science! Join us for a week of activities that blend both art and science. We’ll highlight our science departments: birds, mammals, botany,...

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Secret Society of Adultologists

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 3, 2019

The Secret Society of Adultologists takes on a garden party theme to celebration spring ins San Diego. This exclusive, after-hours 21+ event offers full access to the museum’s exhibitions as...

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Meet Huxley the Harris' Hawk

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 5, 2019

Meet Huxley the Harris's Hawk and his handler, Canyoneer Bob Gordon. Find them in Water: A California Story at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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Nature & Me Storytime

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 9, 2019

Come enjoy an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibitions. Storytime is held every second Thursday of the month. Open to all ages with a parent (recommended for...

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ASD Morning

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 12, 2019

The Nat offers a program for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community: ASD Mornings. This event occurs every second Sunday of the month at 9 AM (one hour earlier than normal hours). The Museum...

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Nat Talk

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 14, 2019

Join author and Cornell University, Professor Tom Seeley, as he presents the captivating story of what scientists are learning about the behavior, social life, and survival strategies of honey bees...

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Family Day

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 27, 2019

Discover the power and mystery of fossils during Fossil Fun Family Day. The museum is offering enhanced activities all over the museum such as hands-on investigations, fossil inspired crafts, and...

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Nat at Night

San Diego Natural History Museum
May 30 - ongoing

This summer, spend your Thursday and Friday nights at The Nat. Enjoy our exhibitions and films, pop-up programming, and access to our rooftop bar. Admission is half-price after 5 PM; members get in...

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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