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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 place for kids, nice exhibits - though smaller museum

I was alone on business and took an afternoon at balboa park. Thought I'd try the NAT. It's actually well laid out, great interactive things for the kids. I was impressed with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois

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Revere, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to visit. Beautiful museum and nice place to go wif our family. I had great pictures from there.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I was alone on business and took an afternoon at balboa park. Thought I'd try the NAT. It's actually well laid out, great interactive things for the kids. I was impressed with the skulls and Dino area considering the museum is pretty small. Adults - check out the top floor, great photography of birds, really excellent. Beware admission is $19... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is a pleasant, airy, and well-designed natural history museum with lots of exhibits that are particularly appealing to children (dinosaurs!). At the moment, though, it is hosting a fabulous exhibit of Mayan history and artifacts. It is extremely hands-on, full of fascinating information, and beautifully laid out. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

There were so many kid friendly activities and play areas that would provide entertainment and education for little ones. DINOSAURS! They have replica models of extinct animals and taxidermied local critters to see. Our nieces and nephews would have loved it! However, if you are adults with no children, you will probably feel bored and out of place. At $19... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is just ok. If you compare it tot the DC museum or any other natural history museum you would agree. If you have a museum pass from another membership definitely use it. I would've hated to pay for this museum.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

IMAX and great displays with lots of learning opportunities for the whole family. The many volunteers are excellent at providing the extra help and information that makes a visit here very special.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about San Diego Natural History Museum

Address: Address: 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92104
Phone Number: 619.232.3821
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Balboa Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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