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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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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 rainy day activity in sunny san diego

We were inclined to visit this museum as it is part of the reciprocal program with our local children's museum annual pass and as such provided free admission. It is a great way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
badgergirl7901
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Green Bay, Wisconsin

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just visited the Nat over the weekend and was surprised how good the displays were set up, very easy to read and observe. The children in the different areas we visited were having a great time with all the interactive displays. We saw a wonderful movie about our southern neighbors and the very diverse ocean animals living under the sea.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We were inclined to visit this museum as it is part of the reciprocal program with our local children's museum annual pass and as such provided free admission. It is a great way to burn some energy and get the kids out of the house on a rainy day. The kids loved the giant shark, dinosaur exhibits as well as... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This museum is absolutely awful. One of the worst I've ever been to. It is an absolute waste of time and money. The displays are very basic and really limited. We saw a few skulls that could frankly be from any animal, some small sets of old bones and not much more. There was one display that looked like it... More 

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Farmingdale, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

If you are coming to Balboa park for the day with young kids, definitely get the Explorer 5 museum pass. The Natural History museum is great, but small (5 or 6 exhibit areas). We saw a great movie walked around a bit (my kids aren't much into reading signs, even when we make them) and we were done in under... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The entry ticket includes all the shows at the theater and I highly recommend watching them all! They'll be worth your time and entry fee. I absolutely loved all the shows they had when I was there. The museum itself is also pretty amazing with all the exhibitions and stories. Great way to spend half a day especially those with... More 

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Pune, India
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Completed impressed with the wonderful museum and maintenance. Great collection and accessibility. Must see place if in SAN.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

If you are a history buff you will like this Maya Traveling Exhibition. Lots of visual displays and good write ups. Allow at least two hours to see everything. Also take advantage of the museums 3D theater. Three theater shows, each an hour apart so with a little planing you can see all three different shows.

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

I have been to The Smithsonian in DC.. This is part of this system. I love my local San Diego History Museum so much that I became a member. The admission doesn't break the bank!! Free Parking!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Visit this museum every time in San Diego and always something new added to see. They accept the ASTC Travel Passport Program card which gets you in for free. Very well maintained and clean. Love the old building and all the light and airiness. The displays are all educational and informative, but also fun for kids and adults. Great display... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

This is a small, well curated, exhibit specific museum. Small easy access exhibits for anyone with mobility issues. Located in Belboa Park, outside is as nice as inside. Only a few dozen yards away from the Zoo. Plenty of bathrooms and a small cafe and gift shop. Highly recommended.

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