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San Diego Natural History Museum

Featuring one of Balboa Park's only event rooftops

The San Diego Natural History Museum is located in beautiful Balboa Park, just minutes from downtown, and offers a unique and memorable venue for any event. Multilevel exhibit and event spaces invite guests to explore galleries that illustrate the science and beauty of nature...all while your guests enjoy an unforgettable evening.

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

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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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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...

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50 Greatest Wildlife Photos

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jun 29 - ongoing

Visitors will witness some of the most surprising animal behavior in the new National Geographic exhibition, 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs. Curated by renowned nature picture editor, Kathy Moran,...

Event Spaces and Maximum Occupancy:

  • Sefton Atrium: 275 for seated, 500 for reception
  • Fossil Mysteries: 50 for seated, 300 for reception
  • Third & Fourth Floor Galleries: 120 for seated, 200 for reception
  • El Mirador Rooftop: 100 for seated, 200 for reception
  • Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater: 300 theater seats

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Group Seated Capacity: 270

Event Spaces and Maximum Occupancy:

  • Sefton Atrium: 275 for seated, 500 for reception
  • Fossil Mysteries: 50 for seated, 300 for reception
  • Third & Fourth Floor Galleries: 120 for seated, 200 for reception
  • El Mirador Rooftop: 100 for seated, 200 for reception
  • Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater: 300 theater seats
  • Sefton Boardroom & Terrace: 34 seats, additional space on Terrace

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Group Seated Capacity: 270
  • Group Reception Capacity: 1,400
  • Meeting Events
  • Buyout
  • Group Travel
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Public Events
  • Kid Friendly
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior

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