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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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Worthwhile Part of a Balboa Park Excursion

We were in San Diego for only a few hours on a cruise ship stop and chose a Balboa Park visit during which we wandered a few of the museums. The Museum of Man was an excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Quitman, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Love this museum! They had a Beerology exhibit going on, not sure if it's a regular, but it was pretty amazing and informative, and I'm not even a beer drinker. There was an exhibit on monsters, which was something I've never seen before. Other must sees are the mummies (the famous Lemon Grove mummy is here) and the future exhibit,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We were in San Diego for only a few hours on a cruise ship stop and chose a Balboa Park visit during which we wandered a few of the museums. The Museum of Man was an excellent one hour stop from the professional and warm welcome to the final comfort stop upon departure. The Mayan display was very interesting, the... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Most of the interactive displays were broken and there just wasn't much to hold our attention. The one really cool part was the mummies. Some were intentional and some were mummified naturally. They all had MRI, X-ray, and CT scans so you could really see what they looked like under their wraps. Other than that, it was kind of boring.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Just went thru with our grand kids. Very engaging monster exhibit, outstanding Egyptian section shrunken heads and mummies. Beer exhibit combined current beer stuff and ancient beer related artifacts. Kids loved the outdoor dig area and the activity area in the Egyptian exhibit. PLEASE SHOW MORE OF YOUR ANCIENT ARTIFACTS.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

The staff were lovely and the domed ceiling was pretty. The museum was a bit dirty and the section with the mummies smelled like feet. :(

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Nashville, Tennessee
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I will say it way a very interesting way to spend a couple of hours in Balboa Park. It was worth it to take the tower tour as it was included. Many fascinating facts about the history of man were very well explained and demonstrated in the diverse, imaginative array of exhibits. The faux archeological dig was fun. Also enjoyed... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We enjoyed the beer exhibit and the monsters exhibit. It's a very small museum - it doesn't look like a lot has been updated since the mid 1990s and early 2000s to go by the donation plaques around. As others have noted, many exhibits are broken if they're interactive. For us, it was an okay way to spend a few... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Maybe, maybe, maybe if you have kids you might like this. I was appalled by the dusty, dilapidated exhibits - some broken and poorly repaired. Two traveling exhibits - one on monsters and the other on the history of beer were less than impressive. Really, I found this museum kind of embarrassing. There weren't artifacts - there were replicas of... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Museum of Man is in the amazing Balboa Park in San Diego. The building itself is beautiful with its architecture and history. This museum, however, is simply interesting but not much more. I would have appreciated reading about the various artifacts, how they were found, and having the facts presented and leaving the viewer to come to their own... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place is almost totally wheelchair accessible. It is quite expensive to go in though. And there is no access up to the tower

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