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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
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Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2017

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Events to check out

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Galapagos 3D: Nature's Wonderland

San Diego Natural History Museum
Oct 10, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018

Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea salt; dance with the tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful Blue-Footed Boobies; and swim with tiny penguins thousands of...

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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...

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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