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“Excellent Introduction Into the History of Man” 4 of 5 stars
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San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-239-2001
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Owner description: The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.
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“Excellent Introduction Into the History of Man”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

There are two permanent exhibits on the second floor that are always worth a visit. The first is a well displayed evolution of man going back millions of years. The second area [our favorite] is a small but extremely high quality Egyptian area that includes a very nice display of intentional and accidental mummification. On the first floor there are usually a couple of special exhibits - currently Mayan culture and celebratory dress from around the world. The displays are always in excellent condition with excellent signage to help explain or give context to the exhibits.

Visited May 2013
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We went to most of the museums this was one of the best. It is remarkable to see all the changes we have been through in our history. We would recommend it to all ages.

Visited April 2013
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“Very Good Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This anthropology museum in beautiful Balboa Park turned out to be quite interesting. The displays were quite interesting, especially the ethnographic collection. This museum is worth a visit.

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“For children”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Unless you really love the man history and wanna see something a little bit different that you saw at your high shool, go to this museum.

It's clean, some interesting facts but it could be better.

It's a really nice place for children though.

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“Charming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

It was small but it still took us more than an hour to view. $12.50 entrance. There are many museum options at Balbao and we only tried this museum.

Visited February 2013
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