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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +1 619-239-2001
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Description: The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...
The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.
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The tower is open again

The California Tower has been closed to the public for over 80 years and is finally open to the public again. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and gave us plenty of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Escondido, California, USA
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Escondido, California, USA
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The California Tower has been closed to the public for over 80 years and is finally open to the public again. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and gave us plenty of time to rest in between flights, it is after all 8 stories up to the landing. That is 125 steps so would not suggest this for anyone... More 

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San Diego, California
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52 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was surprised to see that the exhibits did not mention discoveries made in the last ten years such as Homo Floresiensis the Denisovans. And, a sign still says modern man did not mate with Neandertals. DNA analysis has proved that they mated and that most people outside of Africa carry a small percentage of their genome. A lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It was amazing! Also saw the instruments of torture. Surprisingly my 4 year old only had an issue, near Lucy. She didn't like the ape man. It was altogether a great visit.

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

We had just come from the Air And Space Museum and expected something of the same caliber but the Museum of man was small, poorly laid out, fragmented and in disrepair. Many of the interactive exhibits were broken, the plaques describing the exhibits were small print, too detailed and hard to read and understand for laymen. The "torture" part of... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The museum feels like it's not sure what its mission is. Enjoyed the history of Beer, the Mayan exhibition, and a special Monsters exhibit targeted at kids. Was surprised that we had to pay extra to see the special Torture exhibit -small,but it was pretty well done

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Riverside, California
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We went to climb the newly opened tower, and came early to tour the museum first. We were quickly done with our visit there,and then had to wait for the climb at the appointed time. The tickets weren't applicable to other nearby museums, so if you go, get the tickets that enable you to visit more than the Museum of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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7 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

During our visit, there were exhibits on the ancient Maya, human evolution, beer mixology, mythological monsters, and Egyptology. While this list sounds impressive at first glance, the implementation of each of these exhibits leaves something to be desired. The physical space of the building didn't allow for an expansion of any of these exhibits but I fault the curators and... More 

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Merced, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This area has many museums close by and this one is interesting and well laid out for those interested in local indians, Egypt and general anthropology.

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Fullerton, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Special exhibits were, fun, interesting and sobering. Monsters was cute, well appointed, good for children and adults, though a little thin on exhibits. Beer was a small, well thought out exhibit, plenty to want to share with my brewer son-in-law. Instruments of torture was scary, sobering and worth reminding ourselves we are in charge.

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Denton, Texas
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Housed in a beautiful Spanish colonial building in Balboa Park, the museum suffers from several nearly fatal problems -- no climate control (extremely cold inside when we visited, i.e., there's no heating), no moisture control (resulting in deteriorated, rusting artifacts), and apparently out of date information in the science section. These flaws are made up for with some gimmicks like... More 

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