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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, race, 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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This museum was impressive as it was among other museums in a beautiful park area in San Diego. It was included in the Go San Diego pass. Balboa Park was a beautiful park located... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This museum was impressive as it was among other museums in a beautiful park area in San Diego. It was included in the Go San Diego pass. Balboa Park was a beautiful park located in the city. I was impressed with the condition of the buildings. They looked like they were just built. The inside of the MOM was gorgeous.... More 

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Ramsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Visited Balboa Park, on my own and really wished I had brought friends or family. There was so much to see in a relatively small area. Enjoyed the Museum of man and the Car museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

The MOM is not a world class museum, so don't go in expecting a Smithsonian experience. What it is, however, is a unique collection of displays and rotating exhibits which are engaging for all ages. The building is beautiful and the admission is modest. Is it worth 1-2 hours? Absolutely.

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Chico, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Balboa Park boasts of "world-class" museums, so maybe I expected too much, but I wasn't that impressed with the Museum of Man. The exhibit on human ancestors had some interesting specimens, but it's tough to beat those in New York's Museum of Natural History or the Smithsonian. The mummies were interesting, but I've been to the Cairo Museum. Much of... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We really enjoyed walking about the is museum. It is great for children and parents. But we enjoyed it ourselves.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

There are permanent exhibits that are interesting and well presented such as the history of man, one about race, and another about Egyptian mummies. Although well done, they are showing their age. The special exhibits are fresher and usually interesting with interactive opportunities.The Torture exhibition is an additional charge. I have not visited it. Compared to the other museums in... More 

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Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This museum shows you the history of man through the ages. they have very nice exhibitions and are all was changing them. In our opinion this is not for young children

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a very intense exhibit and not for the faint of heart. We, (myself and 2 teens) were only able to handle about half of the exhibit before we were on overload. You do have to sign a waiver ahead of time to take the kids into the exhibit. The remainder of the Museum of Man is relatively entertaining... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I've had the privilege of visiting many museums at Balboa Park three times before this trip. Somehow I missed the Museum of Man - what a mistake! How many museums have an anthology focus - and are really insightful about the human condition? My friend and I allowed three hours and that was definitely not enough time. They currently have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Although the price was a bit steep, there are bundles for tower tours as well as the Instruments of Torture Museum across the street! There was lots to learn as well as many places for the kids to learn. My favorite room was after the human evolution where there were interesting inventions and landmarks in time going back to 250,000... More 

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Additional Information about San Diego Museum of Man

Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +1 619-239-2001
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
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 - 8:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm

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