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San Diego Natural History Museum

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92104
Phone Number: 619.232.3821
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Description: Features fascinating exhibitions and a new giant-screen Dolby digital 3D...
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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Great way to spend a rainy vacation day!

My 10-year-old and 7-year-old both really enjoyed The NAT today. Perfect to do on a rainy day like today. We spent 3 hours here including the Dinosaurs 3-D movie. Definitely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Jackson, Mississippi
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We saw King Tut in Egypt 30+ years ago, Mummified of course! Exhibit was extremely well done. Educational for all ages. A must see! See both movies. 3D is worth it.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My 10-year-old and 7-year-old both really enjoyed The NAT today. Perfect to do on a rainy day like today. We spent 3 hours here including the Dinosaurs 3-D movie. Definitely recommend if you're visiting San Diego and need somewhere to go with kids out of the weather for a while.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is A small Nat history museum with plenty to keep the kids busy. I didn't last long as this was the fourth museum in a row but my wife made the rounds. Lots of wildlife exhibits, skeletons, whales, all the usual stuff more suited to families. Nicely presented with lots of space, clean and professionally presented with a lean... More 

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Bagdad, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My wife loves ancient Egypt so this was a must see for us. It was a bit pricey but worth it for ancient history buffs. The Tut exhibit took us about 3 hrs. It had replicas of everything found in the tomb. Really quite impressive! TIP: Bring your own headphones for the self guided tour. We spent another 2 hrs... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Saw the REAL one in the 1960's,,,,, am sure this presentation is better than the original in Cairo, and without a death threat. Extremely professionally presented. From start to finish, it was as if you were in the actual tomb. They controlled the crowd, super well........ and the place was continuously packed. Incredible how they made these cute miniatures so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I recommend paying the additional $10 to see the King Tut Exhibit (or whatever exhibit they have at the time you visit). The audio tours and exhibits on display were rich with information while still being fast paced enough to keep you feeling like you are going somewhere. We stayed for at least 90 minutes in the King Tut exhibit,... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We enjoy museums, so we decided to check this one out. We did see the King Tut exhibit but I was actually really disappointed with it - it rushed me through the first part and was too crowded to enjoy the rest easily. The little hide-and-seek statues in each section were great fun for us and we enjoyed that a... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This museum has 3 Movies. Two of the Movies are 3-D, with glasses and one is 2 D. The movies are included in the admission price and you can see all 3 for no extra charge ! Dinosaurs, Mummies, and Ocean Oasis. We saw all three movies and they were excellent.They are about 30 min each and totally worth it.... More 

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Saw the King Tut exhibit..very well done. Museum is very organized. Staff helpful and knowledgable, easy to park and move around.

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

17$ each into the museum which was very disappointing, the building was gorgeous but the information movies being played were boring and the exhibits were very limited. Use your money on something more worthwhile!

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