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San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado Street at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
619 239 2001
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Type: History Museums
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... more » 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! « less
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sacramento
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Very good museum to visit if you have kids, but otherwise, it is very average. Most of their collection are replicas, and a lot is done in such a way that defeats the purpose of visiting a museum - you might as well explore all that from a computer through the Internet. The "Instruments of Torture" special exhibit, for which... More

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Perth, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Museum of man has really good exhibits. We particularly enjoyed the permanent exhibits covering primate and hominid evolution. Most of the exhibits in the hominid exhibition are casts and they are interactive allowing you to touch the exhibits. This is a great way to teach and engage young visitors. We also enjoyed the temporary exhibition on beer!

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Enjoyed a short visit to this kind of quirky anthropology museum. My favorite part by far was the off-to-the-side display giving the inside stories on 20 of the museum's more unusual pieces (some of which were quite modern). The massive pre-Columbian stella (reproductions) were interesting, and I enjoyed the sections on pottery making and basket weaving. But it was an... More

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Haifa, Israel
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The museum is nice, there's was a "torturing tools" exhibition when I was there which was nice, they also have huge Maya statues there. In general, the museum is OK, nothing more.

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Roswell, GA
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was really looking forward to this museum when I heard about it. I bought the Balboa Park passport and this was one of the included museums, but entry did not include the exhibit on torture which would have cost an additional $15. (This seemed weird/crazy high to me since regular adult admission is $12.50 w/o torture exhibit or $20... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Not worth the high admission price. The permanent exhibitions on evolution, primates were interesting, but the museum is small and limited in quality. A lot of the artifacts are replicas. The ancient Egyptian exhibition area was under renovation. The temporary exhibit on various torture implements was gruesomely fascinating though. But overall, not worth the special exhibitions ticket price of $20... More

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