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San Diego Museum of Man

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From monsters and beer history, to learning about the power of secrets, to our relationships with animals and the truth about cannibalism – there’s something for everyone at the San Diego Museum of Man! Specializing in cultural anthropology, the...more
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1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am surprised at all the negative reviews on here. We went while the museum was under construction and we still had a good time. The cannibal exhibit was very interesting, though I agree more information would have been great, but that’s just because the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ushers at the ticket counter first directed us to the cannibalism display which was a disappointment. Then we went inside the main museum and first exhibit about secrets was gimmicky and seemed like somebody's school project. The race exhibit was thought-provoking and interesting and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank PrinksSS
SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear PrinksSS, We appreciate your comments about your visit to the Museum as we love to hear from all of our visitors. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a reply! We will pass along your comments to our staff. If you have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I while in Balboa Park had a few hours to kill so we decided to check out Museum of Man. I had no expectations before going in but found some of the topics to be interesting. There were cool exhibits on cannibalism,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Apanda8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A couple of years ago, the museums wonderful collection of artifacts and displays tracing the historical lineage of mankind had triggered us to study the subject in some depth. We drove over a hundred miles to revisit the museum and see it with newly awakened...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank RichardPaquette
SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear RichardPaquette, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We take your feedback seriously and we will be sharing your comments with our staff so we...More

Reviewed May 9, 2019

Located in a beautiful building, the Museum of Man is a good museum for kids. The exhibitions on monsters, race, living with animals, mayans, and cannibals were all relatively informative and maintained my interest for an hour or so, but were a little lacking in...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank James S
SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear BillyBobSled, We appreciate your comments about your visit to the Museum as we love to hear from all of our visitors. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a reply! We will pass along your comments to our staff. If you have...More

Reviewed May 4, 2019

Unfortunately we visited this museum during all the constructions so majority of the exhibits were closed. The exhibits that were open were slightly childish in nature (e.g. the Monster exhibit). It was only worthwhile to go through the PostSecret exhibit. I was also slightly disappointed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank findsafari
SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2019

Dear findsafari, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We strive to ensure our website is updated so that guests are informed of exhibit closures prior...More

Reviewed May 1, 2019

I happen to love the history of the Maya or I might not have liked this museum. There should be a reduced fee during reconstruction because walking through ramps and scaffolding and closed areas was not a great time, especially in the rain. The building...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2019

Dear Kelleygirl2, We appreciate your comments about your visit to the Museum as we love to hear from all of our visitors. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a reply! We will pass along your comments to our staff. If you have...More

Reviewed April 23, 2019 via mobile

I was so disappointed in this museum beautiful building but all the main displays were closed, it was a waste of money, go to the Japanese gardens instead.More

Date of experience: April 2019
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SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2019

Dear Cuckfieldgirl, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We take your feedback seriously and we will be sharing your comments with our staff so we...More

Reviewed March 23, 2019

This is a beautiful building from the outside which is being renovated currently. What is inside is incredibly dull, in bad condition and in some cases weird. (Did you know that skin color is based on vitamins and sun exposure? I did get a little...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2019

Dear David, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We take your feedback seriously and will be sharing your comments with our staff so we can...More

Reviewed March 23, 2019

We made the major error of paying $13 each to go to the Museum of Man yesterday, during its reconstruction. The sign said it was still open, but their best exhibits were closed (Kumeyaay Indians and Egypt). The most boring exhibits I've seen yet were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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SamanthaA2339, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2019

Dear LongtimeSanDiegan, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We strive to ensure our website is updated so that guests are informed of exhibit closures prior...More

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Jimmy Y
June 4, 2019|
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Response from Rich G | Reviewed this property |
I went through this exhibit 3x in the same day with my kids, they loved it. Takes about 30 mins to see and read everything, so if you give it an hour (to be safe) that should be sufficient! Enjoy.
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RobertCh
December 19, 2016|
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Response from MarkP684 | Reviewed this property |
Hi--well good news and bad news. Museums are free to resident's on Tuesdays, but the cannibal exhibit is extra charge even on free days. Good luck!
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