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.
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. Get to know The Nat's sparkly side in Hidden Gems, showcasing more than 100 dazzling gem and mineral specimens displayed on every floor of the Museum. 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of Citizen Science invites visitors to explore treasures from its Research Library, including rare books, artwork, and historical documents displayed alongside plant and animal specimens.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.
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