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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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San Diego, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The treasures of Tutankhamun have been faithfully reconstructed to scale and are on exhibit at the museum. You will be in awe of the work involved in the discovery. The museum has three movies daily and other exhibits to explore. King Tut is always worth your time!

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

last weekend we visited the San Diego Museum of Man. They had a current exhibit that was really cute for kids which was about monsters. They have some displays of ancient Mayans tight and indigenous people temple structures. our favorite area was on the top floor which displayed several mummies.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This museum was a set of mixed experiences. They clearly have wonderful collections, but are struggling to figure out how to interpret them. We enjoyed the Beerology and Monsters exhibits. We would have like to have seen more local ethnographic collections--there was only a small exhibit on the Kumayaay people. The human evolution exhibit was difficult to follow. We decided... More 

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Hinton
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The Museum of Man is a decent museum but nothing extraordinary. The exhibits are interesting and different than we have seen in other museums. I think we were disappointed because we assumed there would be a lot to see and there really isn't. The exhibits they do have are good but they aren't extensive. We spent maybe a little over... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I much prefer fine art museums to those that feature natural history or archeology. Still, it is recommended to visit the Museum of Man to learn a little about what humans were like long ago. The “core” exhibits concentrate on ancient civilizations (e.g., Maya, Egyptians and native Californians) and an extensive display concerning primate evolution which I thought was excellent.... More 

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