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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 day well spent

This is a very good place to visit if you are interested in history of the world and how we all exist together. They have all kinds of exhibitions and they change them all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Kissimmee, Florida, United States

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The museum is very small compared to my local museum (Denver Natural History, which doesn't even crack any best of lists), so I was a bit surprised their adult admission fee was $20. The skull exhibit was nice and the other sections with more interactive exhibits are probably good for children. Parking at Balboa Park is a total nightmare. We... More 

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Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a very good place to visit if you are interested in history of the world and how we all exist together. They have all kinds of exhibitions and they change them all the time. There is always something new to see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Located in Balboa Park, this was such a pleasant day. My only recommendation is to make sure you get the pass to combine the museums or it is quite costly. It is small, but my daughter had a wonderful time with the exhibits. Make sure you go early, because the park has wonderful things to see such as the artisan... More 

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about San Diego Natural History Museum

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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