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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
Phone Number: +1 619-239-2001
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...

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, race, 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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Strictly Okay; Works Great for Kids Though

The museum has some interesting exhibits related to Race, Monsters, Ancient Egypt and Human Body etc. and is perfect for a school trip with kids. It will surely explain everything... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
PriyamGopani
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning facility and premise. Fabulous exhibits. I highly recommend visiting. The museum focuses on different aspects of the human experience bringing a unique perspective to the typical art culture.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has some interesting exhibits related to Race, Monsters, Ancient Egypt and Human Body etc. and is perfect for a school trip with kids. It will surely explain everything very nicely to them and even ignite some curiosity for back home. But my husband and I went for this, AND WE HAVE NO KIDS! We were immediately bored. It's... More 

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Thank PriyamGopani
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an awesome museum. We took the California Tower. The views of our beautiful city were spectacular. The 125 steps were pretty easy. The guide stopped on each floor to explain something about the park. The rest of the museum was also very interesting. I enjoyed learning about the history if man, the reproductive system and the local Indian... More 

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Thank Sue D
Palo Alto, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place could have been so much more. Attended an evening event there. The exhibits are kind of old and dingy. Not much to see there. Mummies are somewhat cool, but not that impressive of a display. Best thing to see there are the shrunken heads. Would not go back with my kids - they would be bored

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Thank Ted L
Cedar Hill, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love walking around this area and visiting the museums. I love all of the eucalyptus trees around here. This museum is worth visiting and the exhibits on human evolution and cannibalism are both well done.

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Thank cassyg99
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in San Diego, and had never been in the Museum of Man. For one price you get museum entrance and entrance to the additional "Cannibalistm" exhibit. We did the Cannibalism exhibit (took a little over an hour) then had lunch at the Prado (always good) then returned and toured the various exhibits in the Museum of Man, There... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Tickets $12.00 for adult, $8.00 for a teenager. The museum is pretty basic and small. Many of the interactive displays did not work. This above ticket price is the base. They don't tell you that when you go in. The Cannibal Exhibit which is prominently advertised when you go in is extra and the Tower is extra. You can tour... More 

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Western Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Was awed by the subject matters listed for this museum and thought wow! Monsters, Cannibals and Beer..paid a fair price for a museum but found that climbing to the top of the tower was an extra fee and attending the Cannibals was extra also...Monsters turned out to be just for children and not for us grown up children...Beer was interesting... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This museum was well done. Only thing that would have made it better if there was air conditioning inside the exhibit. We especially like the Cannibalism exhibit across the street that you could buy as an extra. My teenagers really enjoyed that. We had no idea that Cannibalism went back that far in history.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

We popped in to this museum by chance. It was a really interesting afternoon. We loved the exhibition on race. The kids were occupied for two hours with no complaints. The museum is a very manageable size and reasonable cost.

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