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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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Ranked #132 of 221 attractions in San Diego
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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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Haifa, Israel
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Lagos, Nigeria
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34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Firstly, the ticket is pricey at USD 12.5 per person. Though the museum has good collection, I personally feel that one should visit this museum only if time and interest permit. Instead, I would rather recommend, to spend time in the Balboa park, where this museum situated. By paying an additional USD 7.5 pp, one can visit museum of 'Instruments... More

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Nebraska
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96 reviews 96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Went here recently with my wife and two children (ages 15 and 12). I was disappointed with the museum as a whole. We saw the torture exhibit and that was very interesting (albeit small); however, the remainder of the museum was a bit dull and uninspiring, with one exception - the exhibit with the pharaoh's caskets and mummy's. For families,... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

There are different exhibitions to choose from so if something doesn't catch your eye right away, something else will. From Mayan to Egyptian, human evolution to Star Wars paraphernalia, this museum is a nice one to visit once in Balboa Park. The staff not only guide you through the exhibits but also gives you tips on where you get the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I visited the Museum of Man as part of a group of about a dozen people, members of an Egyptology organization based in Los Angeles. So, as you might expect, my interest was primarily in seeing the museum's Egyptian collection. I expected the collection to be small, and it is, but was under the impression that we'd be allowed to... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It was a great evening - chance to see the museum in an amazing setting. Plus a chance to discover local craft beers with local food. A truly fun evening.

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Rockville, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The San Diego Museum of Man, located in the El Prado area of Balboa Park, is an anthropology museum with many different exhibits, but no cohesive theme. The permanent collection features easy to understand displays of human history, tracing human development over millions of years from hominids forward, and explaining the evolutional differences between humans and apes.The collection also includes... More

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Irving, Texas
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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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