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San Diego Natural History Museum

Address: 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92104 (Balboa Park)
Phone Number: 619.232.3821
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Ranked #96 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Features fascinating exhibitions and a new giant-screen Dolby digital...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Coast to Cactus exhibit just opened this month (Jan 2015) at the NAT and it is a wonderful hands on exhibit for adults and children. We spent hours looking at the flora and fauna found in southern California from the coast to the desert and everywhere in between. The "airstream camping trip" was really cute and reminded us of... More 

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Gilbert, AZ
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We went for the King Tut exhibit and that was great! Loved the guided tour aspect. The rest of the museum was pretty small and allow we did not get to see all of it, I thought tickets were pricy for what was there. Probably good if you have younger children because it is not overwhelming and they will be... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We went when the King Tut exhibit was there. Expensive but interesting. All the movie are good. For teens it was kinda meh.

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Mission Viejo, California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Having cut my teeth on Chicago's Natural History Museum this one is a bit of a disappointment. The King Tut exhibit was however very well set up and reproductions stunning. 3D movies for the kids and quite a bit of hands on action. Geared for small children whose attention spans probably wouldn't lady beyond a couple of hours. Many other... More 

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La Jolla, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We were lucky to have visited during the temporary King Tut exhibit. It was a wonderful day for the two of us. We spent almost the whole day within the museum watching the 3D movies and exploring the King Tut exhibit. Quite educational. Frankly speaking the museum is quite small and if you take away the King Tut, then it... More 

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clearwater
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I went to see an exhibit of replicas from the tomb of King Tut. (The originals are too delicate to travel). The staff and docents were very friendly and helpful. I saw a limited amount of the museum, (the section on marine fossils and then the Tut exhibit) but am impressed by how well laid out the museum is, the... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We went there with my four year old son, They had lots of interactive educational games for kids, my son really enjoyed spending time there. we also watched the 3D movie about white sharks and to my surprise my son really like the movie. If I travel there again I would definitely visit there again.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

it was very good place for new tourists. must visit. helpful people all around. very near to our hotel.

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Carlsbad, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This museum only offers introductory-level learning; nothing in depth, no alternative perspectives, just simplified facts of natural history. The exhibits seem designed for children 8-12, or adults who know nothing about natural history. The exhibits are not interactive, complex, or interesting enough to hold the attention of a teenager for more than an hour. Parking is scarce due to the... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The museum has 4 levels full of different exhibits, including skulls, fossils, nature photography, King Tut exhibit etc. We almost spent a whole hour in there. Plenty of interactive stuff for kids to get involved with. Also nice temperature inside considering how cold it was outside during over visit. Would recommended

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