Sure, when you first walk into the museum, there's a dinosaur skeleton right there. However, there really aren't too many more. Wait, what? That's right, in the San Diego Museum of Natural History, you'll be hard-pressed to find very many of the ancient creatures.
It's not all bad. The new (well, I think it's new) Dino Jaws exhibit is really cool. There are roughly a dozen or so animatronic dinos in the exhibit. They are very realistic (assuming you think you know what dinosaurs were really like). The exhibit is a bit flawed, too, though. With your paid admission to the museum, you get another ticket -- with a barcode -- so that you can do something interactive in the Dino Jaws area. The barcode scanners didn't really work, though, so I'm not really sure what we were supposed to do with them. Oh well.
Most of what you paid to see is on the second floor. Dino Jaws, prehistoric rain forest, a pendulum (not sure how it fits into the nat. history theme, but pendulums are always interesting). The third and fourth floors had very little. There were "exhibits" in the hallways that encircle and overlook the main atrium. There's also a basement level that had some focus on insects, but even in the ant farm, most of the ants were dead.
One thing I just remembered is the gift shop. I don't always go into them, but this one I did. It had tons of stuff in there that was right on target for our family, both in terms of usability and price.
All in all, I was rather underwhelmed by our visit to this museum.
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