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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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Irving, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Honestly it's nothing personally against the place. It's beautiful and nicely laid out for it's visitors to walk though, it just wasn't for me. I enjoyed it, but dont think it's worth the $20. I mainly did it for the torture museum but my favorite exhibit was the Evolution of Man. But if you enjoy learning history ans about indigenous... More

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Calgary
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14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I paid the $20 admission fee solely to see the temporary display of Instruments of torture. Without this exhibit my visit would have been a complete waste of time and money. The main part of the museum was, in my estimation, a rip-off. There were disappointingly few artifacts and not enough to justify the price of admission. Would I visit... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

First off, this wasn't cheap but I had to go simply because I wanted to see the instruments of torture exhibit. The main museum was very small for an anthropology museum but still had a lot to offer if that's what you wanted. I was disappointed in most of it except for Beerology, which I learnt a lot from. The... More

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Ann Arbor MI
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The Museum of Man was interesting with multiple permanent and changing exhibits; all nicely displayed and signed. Interesting for all ages. Two hours was a reasonable time to cover everything I wanted to see. Like most attractions in Balboa Park, it's not a cheap date. $12.50 adult. I opted for separate museum tickets - an all museum pass - approx... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Free for locals but expensive for tourists visiting Balboa Park. We visit museums at Balboa Park on a weekly basis, especially through the summer months. I can honestly say, I would not visit if I had to pay high admission prices.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This exhibition was hard work. They recommend you visit it first before the rest of the museum and with good reason. It is depressing and hard. It is a well-curated exhibit but is not a light afternoon in the park, it is thought-provoking and intense. (NOT FOR CHILDREN!) The rest of the museum was ok, a bit ho-hum. There was... More

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Anaheim, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Quaint 2 story museum that has a potpourri of things. I came here to see the Ancient Egypt exhibit, and while small, it had some good pieces. We didn't go to the Torture exhibit (not sure why, or how we missed it) but its an average museum and, with the construction, not the easiest to get to. The beer exhibit... More

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Pasadena, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The museum has a Tools of Torture Exhibit taking place that's quite worth the visit. The exhibit is small, you can probably see it in 30-35 minutes, but it's very impressive! Check it out! We ran out of time and didn't get to visit the other half of the museum, but I hear it's great.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Our family visited the Museum of Man and enjoyed the well-done displays and the topics that they covered. The Maya stela and their carvings were quite interesting, and it was very helpful to view the NOVA video about how these hieroglyphics were deciphered (the program is somewhat lengthy but worthwhile watching). The section about the Native Kumeyaayah people (indigenous inhabitants... More

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Moncton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

We saw the torture exhibit which was cool Ok place for an hour or so Several exhibits We went near closing after a trip to the nearby zoo Lots of museums to chose from in Balboa park The torture exhibit caught our eye so we went in

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