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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Western Colorado
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

1 Thank RaleighLouis
Western Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

1 Thank PuddlestheThird
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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.

1 Thank Qbert33
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beer exhibit at the Museum of Man Has a great a history lesson involved. How Beer has been around a long time and it's still current. My kids also enjoyed the reading Nook with the monsters exhibit, lots of Hands-On things which always is a plus for younger kids and teenage kids in museums touching stuff

Thank Keith M
Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to see the Monsters Exhibit - which was honestly a little disappointing. The museum is very small and has few exhibits. They did have an interesting exhibit on Race, which we thoroughly enjoyed. $33 I will never get back. Would I recommend it...if they lowered the entrance fee.

Thank ACica
Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the Museum of Man! We visited with two kids, 3 and 5. The museum is fairly small, but definitely worthwhile. The lower floor had an excellent display of Mayan carvings, and a special exhibit themed around monsters was very popular with our kids. Afterward we went upstairs and looked through the rooms on evolution,... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyable exhibits. Learned a lot about the history of Beer with the Beerology. I loved the exhibit about the monsters like the ones under your bed.

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Fort Worth, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not enough exhibits and boring, basically about evolution. side note. ..this comment coming from my husband who is loves to learn. They offer a military discount. Was 14.00 down to 10.00.

Thank Tami W
Brawley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I just took the tour of the California Tower. It was something different to do, especially since the Tower has not been open to the public since the 1930's. The history was interesting. The climb only goes to the first viewing deck, but the view was breathtaking. While at the Museum of Man, take a look at... More 

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