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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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I included this museum as a part of my visit to Balboa Park. It was a nice museum, full of information. I especially liked learning about the natural history of San Diego and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I included this museum as a part of my visit to Balboa Park. It was a nice museum, full of information. I especially liked learning about the natural history of San Diego and southern California. The 3D movies were a nice touch. I chose to watch Walking with Dinosaurs. To see everything properly, I recommend an entire afternoon so you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I had not been here in a few years but the museum has changed for the better. The Maya exhibit is a must and worth the extra $10 per adult for the ticket. Having traveled to the actual Mayan sites in Central America, this exhibit doesn't let you down in covering every small piece of the empire. Plan to spend... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

My son wanted to come here on our mini vacation to see the dinosaur bones. I have to say we both were a bit disappointed. I paid $30 for the two of us and we were pretty much done within an hour. I think he spent more time in the gift shop than the actual exhibits. The saving grace was... More 

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

The San Diego Natural History Museum is a nice museum; that said, I have seen other Natural History Museums that had more to offer. The two exhibits I have seen here that I have not seen at any other natural history museum are the slice of a redwood tree where you could count the rings to ascertain the tree's age... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Took our 4 year old here. He loved it. The museum is big with a lot of variety but still not so huge as to be daunnting. Also, they are constantly running a variety of movies in 3d that are included with the price of the ticket. Lots of dinnsouars, fish, and hands on exhibits. We were in and out... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visiting with out of town guests, one teen, one tween, two elementary school aged kiddos, and three adults. 5/7 had an enjoyable time. I think there is a age range where Dinosaurs are just not that interesting...My favorite part was the 3D movie. Very well done, dramatic, and educational.

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Fallbrook, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Just visited SD Natural History Museum to see the new Maya exhibition. If you have any interest the culture of the Maya, then this is a must see. They have done a very good job tracking their long history to the present day. Yes, the Maya still live in today's world. There are also a lot of interactive displays for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

So much to see in this wonderful museum. We also purchased tickets to the Mayan exhibit, which was extremely interesting. Also, recommend purchasing the multi museum tickets, which allows you into many of the other museums found at Balboa Park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This museum is a fun visit. You can really wander around in here and see many different things. I think the kids would probably like this the most because of all the dinosaurs. But there were quite a bit of interactive parts of the museum too. I actually learned quite a bit about water conservation. I really think its a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Just arrived in San Diego and had a bunch of things planned awoke to Thunder Storms and Lightning! Oh UH what do we do?!? We went to the Natural History Museum on July 18, apparently that day broke the record for rainfall in July LOL! We parked and ran into the Museum, entrance fee was 19$ adult and 14$ for... More 

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