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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
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+1 619-239-2001
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...

The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, race, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.

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Nice anthropology museum

A pretty good museum within Balboa park, definitely nice to have one with this emphasis as there are not that many of them except for what is contained within Natural History... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
toddone1
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Rochester, New York
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the first time in 2014 and loved the permanent exhibits and the traveling exhibits. This year, we didn't think we'd be back, until we saw the museums ads for Living With Pets and Cannibalism. Immediately, we were hooked and got tickets for our second visit. The Museum of Man does not disappoint. I love that it challenges me... More 

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Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
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113 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to lots of museums of all sorts. I really enjoyed this one. We purchased the pass and spent most of our time in this one place. The permanent exhibits are wonderful, but we also enjoyed the visiting ones as well. Beer Exhibit was really interesting...learned a lot about ancient beers and Mayans drinking 3-4 gallons of beer! The... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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129 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tracing the origins of man is only one section of the museum. The exhibits are varied from the relationship of man and animals to the world history of monsters and the history of beer. Well worth visiting - right off the center plaza of Balboa Park near the visitors center.

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Dear Jwyblf, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Museum! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look forward to sharing your comments with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon! If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach us at marketing@museumofman.org. Warm regards, Sarah L. Marketing... More 

Rochester, New York
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170 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pretty good museum within Balboa park, definitely nice to have one with this emphasis as there are not that many of them except for what is contained within Natural History museums. There is a fairly good mix of stuff for adults and children, though I think the adult portion should have been a bit more extensive. There is a... More 

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Dear Toddone1, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Museum! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look forward to sharing your comments with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon! If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach us at marketing@museumofman.org. Warm regards, Sarah L. Marketing... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 2 children and I loved this museum! There were a great variety of exhibits (mummies, Mayan history, monsters, beer, pets!) that catered to both children and adults. The special Cannibal exhibit was FASCINATING and my 8-yr old son especially enjoyed it. The museum did a great job of making the exhibits interesting for all age levels, and my kids... More 

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Dear CJSlatt, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Museum! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look forward to sharing your comments with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon! If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach us at marketing@museumofman.org. Warm regards, Sarah L. Marketing... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

There are many museums to choose from, but this one is worth stop if you have time and can take the tower tour. Our guide was a little rude but informative. It was also odd to sign a liability waiver to take the tour.

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Dear Travel248957, We appreciate your comments about your visit to the Museum as we love to hear from all of our visitors. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a reply! We will pass along your comments to our staff. If you have any questions or further feedback please email us at marketing@museumofman.org. Warm regards, Sarah L. Marketing... More 

Hinsdale, Illinois
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447 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We came here while some family members went to the zoo. This was relatively inexpensive but offers many exhibits. We really enjoyed spending time in each area and felt it was a good use of our time. From monsters, mummies to beer, you'll find something to capture your attention.

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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

My sister and I chose the Museum of Man from the descriptions in the Balboa Park guide; we only had about 2 hours, and felt we made a good choice. We found interesting things to study even though the museum seemed focused on exhibits for families with kids. We especially enjoyed the Beer-ology exhibit about the history of beer in... More 

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Texas
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55 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This is a museum for all ages. It has some hands-on activities for children. We found the monsters area interesting. On the second floor, there is an interactive table that compares meals over time across cultures- pretty cool! The best part is what appeared to be a temporary or traveling exhibit on RACE. It was extremely intriguing and informative. This... More 

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Áth Cliath
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36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The premise of this museum caused me to choose it over the others in Balboa Park as I was trying to save money. But it's pretty average, a little dated and not as interesting as I had hoped. There were some cool exhibits, the human evolution room was interesting as was the exhibit on race. I wasn't drawn in particularly... More 

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