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San Diego Museum of Man

Address: 1350 El Prado Street at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 239 2001
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Ranked #125 of 192 Attractions in San Diego
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum. Discover your ancient...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum. Discover your ancient origins, see our amazing mummies, and explore the life of the Maya. In addition to these core displays everyone loves, we are always presenting new and exciting traveling exhibitions from around the world. These ever-changing offerings highlight diverse experiences and extraordinary artifacts. Make new connections as you experience the breadth of the human experience. It will change the way you think about your world!
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Palo Alto, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The biological anthropology exhibits were great, but the temporary cultural anthropology exhibits were pretty lame. If you like biological anthropology (Neanderthals, primate relatives to modern man, etc.) then this museum is worth a trip. They're really thorough and offer some nice opportunities to make comparisons, such as having a cast of a modern human skull next to one from a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

With a paid admission of $20 you get to see all 5 museum exhibits including "Instruments of Torture" at Balboa Park. The exhibit explains how torture is still in use in many countries around the world, American studies of torture and also addresses the shame of Abu Ghraib. Then you walk through history looking at instruments of torture horror. You... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Small museum, lots of signs not much in the way of exhibits. Beerology was a disappointment. Covered the history of beer through out history but no information at all about the different types of beer. Don't go during school hours. Unsupervised children running through out building. Hard to see anything

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is the only museum of anthropology in San Diego County, and it is a museum that is "plugged into" the community. From Beerology to Monsters to ancient Egypt, there is plenty to see, but you might be required to read and think a bit. The kids will have a great time in Monsters, Adventure Kids, and a "semi real"... More 

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PACIFIC
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26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Went here because they advertised an exhibit on the history of beer. Found it to be very small and not very interesting. Mostly just signs with info and a big collection of old ceramic growlers. Monster exhibit was mostly kid oriented. The rest was pretty dry with lots of things not working. Go elsewhere.

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Los Angeles
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225 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went back to the Museum of Man, because we wanted to take the opportunity to see the Instruments of Torture exhibit. I did not really want to see this out of morbid curiosity as one might think. I felt that this traveling exhibit was something that we should understand, to see what people might have been capable of. What... More 

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sacramento
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The 'Instruments of torture' exhibit will nearly double your cost of entry but it is hard not to be drawn in ... some of the torture instruments were in use in recent times but most are ancient ... all designed to not just maime but to inflict maximum pain and horror ... the inhumanity portrayed is staggering as is the... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is an eclectic museum. There was such things as a beerology exhibit, mummy collection, human skulls and pathology exhibit, cell exhibit, various baboons, and more. It is in an architecturally very beautiful building in the Balboa Park area. I enjoyed visiting, but would think twice, before returning. There are other museums in Balboa Park that I enjoyed more.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This place was ok, lots of exhibits, but was tired at this point having gone through two others at Balboa Park. Think would have enjoyed better if did this one early in day and more refreshed. If you like museums, give it a try.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Headed to the museum to see their Instruments of Torture special exhibit. For the price you pay, I would have expected something far larger and more real. The special exhibit was maybe a couple dozen pieces and the rest of the museum is very small with not much in interesting things in there. The most space is used by the... More 

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