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San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92104 (Balboa Park)
619.232.3821
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Tucson, Arizona
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354 reviews 354 reviews
115 attraction reviews
390 helpful votes 390 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

For those who have never been to a natural history museum, this may provide a basic introduction to the field. But for anyone who has visited a topnotch natural history museum, such as the one in Washington, D.C. or New York City, I recommend giving this one a miss. Though the building has four stories, it is small in terms... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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21 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were very disappointed with this museum. The price was high for such a small museum with not many exhibits. Felt we overpaid at $17 per person. My daughter was $12. We were all bored. There are too may others nice museums in the park so don't waste your time or money on this one!

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Murray, Utah
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12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Went with grand kids. They love fossils and dinosaurs, so it was a hit. Some amazing nature photographs on the fourth floor. Saw two 3D movies and one regular with general admission. A bit pricey, but so is everything these days.

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Tampa, Florida
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188 reviews 188 reviews
117 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Even though the museum contains multiple levels, it is a very small museum and makes the $17 admission price seem a bit steep. And, if you wanted to see the Pirate exhibit then add another $10, making a total $27 entrance cost. I passed on the Pirates, but did watch all three of the movies offered in the theater (included... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I wanted to go here specifically to see the dinosaurs. When we arrived we were upsold on an annual pass and went through all the paperwork only to find out in the end that they don't take American Express. We ended up buying a day pass and are glad we did. The majority of the building's space is a four... More

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Haifa, Israel
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I like museums, and after going to the Nature History Museum in London, I expect greatness of every similar museum. Now, the museum is very small, it's OK... Nothing besides that. They have a pirates exhibition now, and I just don't know... I paid like 28$ (Or something similar), and it was totally not worth my time.

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Wolverine, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The San Diego Natural History Museum has great! It has lots of interesting facts about the animals like the others do but most are from the California area. They also had a pirates exhibit (which we didn't pay the extra for) that looked like it was pretty neat from what we saw. We took our 2 teenage girls & they... More

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Aptos, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The museum has 5 levels. One is a basement. Two upper levels don't have rooms but are a walkway around an atrium. Typically, they have a photo exhibit on one of these levels that rotate regularly (one of exhibits I always look forward to). The other level has been hosting an exhibit on fossil skulls. About half the basement and... More

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CA shores
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The museum is well stocked with all of the things you would expect to see at at Natural History Museum. While we were there we also spent a little extra to see the Real Pirates exhibit which was fantastic. Make sure you check it out! 300 year old authentic pirate treasure, navigational tools, cannons and other weapons, and more. Go... More

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San Diego, California
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have been here twice to take family from out of town and each time I was disappointed at how little and non-interactive it is. The films were okay and I was glad they allowed small children in. I won't go back there for sure. There are way better places than this one in San Diego.

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