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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

Event

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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Wonders of the Arctic

San Diego Natural History Museum
Dec 7, 2018 - Feb 17, 2019

Set in the frozen wilderness at the top of the world, Wonders of the Arctic tells the story of survival in one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth, dominated by a single element: ice....

Event

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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Ocean Commotion Family Day

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jan 21, 2019

There’s a lot going on at the rocky water’s edge and along our coast. The ocean is abundant with interesting sea creatures. Join as we discover what lies along San Diego’s coastline....

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Natural History 101

San Diego Natural History Museum
Jan 23, 2019

This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s curators. Come hear Vice President of Science and Conservation and Curator of Entomology Dr. Michael Wall discuss the entomological biodiversity...

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Meet Huxley the Harris’s Hawk

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 2, 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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Secret Society of Adultologists

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 8, 2019

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently this year at The Secret Society of Adultologists: Red, a gushy, mushy, get-a-room public display of affection for nature. Bring a date, a group of...

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Nat Talk

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 12, 2019

Join Vice President of Science and Conservation Dr. Michael Wall as he explores more about the state of biodiversity in our region. This talk will be a high-level summary of the previous week’s...

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State of Biodiversity Nat Talk

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 12, 2019

After the State of the Union, State of the State, and State of the City addresses comes this State of Biodiversity Nat Talk.

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Nature & Me Storytime

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 14, 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...

Event

Family Day

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 18, 2019

San Diego’s diverse habitats allow us to journey from our rich coastline to the mountains and from ancient forests to the rugged desert wilderness, all in one day! Come explore the plants and...

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Natural History 101

San Diego Natural History Museum
Feb 20, 2019

Join Curator of Botany Dr. Jon Rebman as he discusses the biodiversity of plants in San Diego County. In addition, Jon will share botanical resources such as the San Diego County Plant Atlas and the...

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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