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San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
+1 619-232-3821
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Features fascinating exhibitions and a new giant-screen Dolby digital 3D theater showing films with a focus on the natural world. The Museum’s award-winning exhibit design team creates exhibitions that focus on the unique and biodiverse southern California region. In addition, the Museum hosts several traveling exhibitions each year which teach visitors about our natural world as it is today and as it was in the past.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1624
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+1 619-232-3821
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

The Natural History Museum in San Diego had a very unique show on the Mayan cultural. Very interesting on cultural and todays findings of the Mayan people and cultural. The exhibits were outstanding and very informative. Other exhibits were wonderful but the highlight was the...More

Thank William W
Reviewed 14 October 2015

A lot of information on the local natural history of San Diego and California, which was what set it apart from other museums, and describes how human activity is shaping the local and worldwide change in ecosystems (for better and for worse). There's also a...More

Thank Bradley M
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Of all the places I paid to enter, this was by far the best value. There is a wide variety of exhibits ranging from dinosaurs, valley diversity, and various ecosystems. Their auditorium movies on dinosaurs (3D!) and the ocean were impressive. The visiting Mayan exhibit...More

Thank Hatzlacha
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

We were pretty excited to try this museum in beautiful Balboa Park, but for the $38 we paid for both of or tickets, I don't think it was worth t. The museum has four floors: the first is sparse in terms of a museum experience,...More

1  Thank Matt B
Reviewed 4 October 2015

We wanted to visit the Mayan exhibit, so paid an extra fee, on top of the museum entrance fee. That brought the total to $29 each! The exhibit was very disappointing. Whilst there were some genuine artefacts, much of the scenery was fake and really,...More

Thank 92,075
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Museum specialises largely on western, California, Latin American natural History. Exhibits when we were there included Mayan civilisations, fossils, insects, butterflies, water and its effect on California, and 'Coast to Cactus'. Great 3-d Theatre, shows several different shows daily. Gift Shop and 'Dino Cafe'. Open...More

Thank etweeden
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Boring , plastic animals stuck on sticks. Plastic dinosaurs . Second floor is in fact a balcony . Third floor also a balcony with photograph which are not plastic . I've been to many Natural History Museums , this is not nice and not natural.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 7 September 2015

This museum is excellent for kids hands on. We went for the purpose of viewing the Maya Ancient World Exhibit. This exhibit displayed the idolatrous culture of the Mayans. There were artifacts in the exhibit which revealed pieces of their lives. The cost was $29/person...More

Thank pdbrown4
Reviewed 31 August 2015

I included this museum as a part of my visit to Balboa Park. It was a nice museum, full of information. I especially liked learning about the natural history of San Diego and southern California. The 3D movies were a nice touch. I chose to...More

Thank Ania D
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

I had not been here in a few years but the museum has changed for the better. The Maya exhibit is a must and worth the extra $10 per adult for the ticket. Having traveled to the actual Mayan sites in Central America, this exhibit...More

Thank StonewallJackson2015
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Joyce S
Is self parking available at the museum?
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