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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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Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
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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My 3 top favorite exhibits

There are lots of nice exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Man. My 3 favorites are as follows: A series of male figures illustrating man's evolution. (I took my students here and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

So my 14 years old son wanted to see this creepy exposition, well it was awesome and super interesting. A great collection of instruments with detailed descriptions. Just be sure that your kids won't do nightmares, it's really detailed.

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

I absolutely enjoyed visiting this museum. Full of interesting information regarding the history of humans themselves. Something for everyone. I especially loved the exhibit about the evolution of man since that is what I studied in school. It was very cool to see the casts of the fossils I studied about in real life. Absolutely worth spending all afternoon here.... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

There are lots of nice exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Man. My 3 favorites are as follows: A series of male figures illustrating man's evolution. (I took my students here and a few of the female students were a bit taken aback by the realism of the final two figures--Just giving a heads up here in case you... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We decided to go to the Museum of Man because we saw a flyer in our hotel for their torture exhibit. There is an additional charge to see this, but that is why we went. They do advise that this is not for young children. This is because it's morbid and also a lot of reading. I am amazed at... More 

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Balboa park is lovely. The museum itself is quite small. The hominin evolution section is just ok (especially compared to other museums like the smithsonian). If you are in the area it's worth a visit but I wouldn't drive a long distance just to see it. There's also a small temporary exhibit (for an extra fee) across from the museum.

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Ripley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We found this a very worthwhile museum to visit. We did visit the Torture exhibition, which I found interesting but extremely upsetting. I wasn't much interested in the brewing exhibition, but in general found something of interest virtually everywhere. Can see that children might find it a bit dry & boring, though

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Small museum, but very interesting. When we were there, there was a special exhibit on torture, past and present. The regular exhibits are interesting too, and there is an exhibit on monsters for kids too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the Egyptian exhibit - wish the Torture exhibit would have been available without add'l purchase. The remainder of the museum was ok - enjoyed the beer history info when you first walked in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I think this museum is great for everyone. Even the building alone is worth seeing. I think it could be a little much for little kids only because of the subject nature. Anthropology isn't for everyone.. I think my favorite exhibit was the ancient Egypt. There were many artifacts on display. Very interesting to see in person.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit to this part of Balboa Park and particularly enjoyed the new attraction of the tower tour which allowed us to experience a great view of the beautiful city of San Diego.

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