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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado Street at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 239 2001
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Description: The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum. Discover your ancient origins...
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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Always a nice visit.

Special exhibits were, fun, interesting and sobering. Monsters was cute, well appointed, good for children and adults, though a little thin on exhibits. Beer was a small, well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
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Fullerton, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Special exhibits were, fun, interesting and sobering. Monsters was cute, well appointed, good for children and adults, though a little thin on exhibits. Beer was a small, well thought out exhibit, plenty to want to share with my brewer son-in-law. Instruments of torture was scary, sobering and worth reminding ourselves we are in charge.

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Denton, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Housed in a beautiful Spanish colonial building in Balboa Park, the museum suffers from several nearly fatal problems -- no climate control (extremely cold inside when we visited, i.e., there's no heating), no moisture control (resulting in deteriorated, rusting artifacts), and apparently out of date information in the science section. These flaws are made up for with some gimmicks like... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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 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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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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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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