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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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A bit expensive but very hands on

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Bagdad, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

As an elementary school teacher in San Diego, I've had the opportunity to visit The Nat several times. Favourite exhibits for kids 0-10 include the Hall of Paleontology, the Hall of Biodiversity and the interactive exhibits. Fantastically curated content in the museum overall. Important Notes: The 3-D/IMAX movie experience is an additional fee, as are any special exhibits. The King... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

After having visited the Natural History Museum in London, this one was a bit dull in comparison. There were a few interesting exhibits, but overall it was obvious that it was geared towards young children. We made it through the entire museum in 45 minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Interesting exhibits, good 3D movies, and well laid out. Lots of children in the Museum when we were there but ll well behaved. Sufficient interesting things for them to see.

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