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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 #126 of 499 things to do 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The King Tut exhibit is awesome but ends April 26th 2015. Your entrance fee costs less if you order online and includes the on site Theater with about 4 different films throughout the day. The "NAT" as it is known here in San Diego is located in Balboa park where a parking space can be an excursion itself. Go early... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My friends and I were impressed by the displays and explanatory plaques that both children and adults can understand and appreciate. We came away understanding what was living locally in the different periods and not just the ever-popular Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. You should spend a few mesmerizing minutes beyond the front entry watching the pendulum sway. The display of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Really made for kids now with lots of interactive exhibits and things to crawl in and around while they learn about nature. 2 adults visited this time and can't wait to take the grand kids.

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PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Small, and at $17 a person, I'm not sure it was worth it, as the exhibits were nice but not extraordinary. However, once we climbed to the top floor, past the crowds, a giant Fabergé-like egg, depicting the carousel outside, wowed us. The complex mechanisms and the attention to detail was astounding. Even better was the gem of an exhibit:... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The museum is a nice place to spend a few hours, but the "added" exhibits such as Tut are pretty expensive... $27 + admission to the museum. And why is Tut at a Natural History museum? There was an audio tour, but no one to ask questions. If you have an unlimited budget, I would recommend the museum. Otherwise there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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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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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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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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