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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-239-2001
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Small and fun... Align your expectations

The MOM is not a world class museum, so don't go in expecting a Smithsonian experience. What it is, however, is a unique collection of displays and rotating exhibits which are... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 26, 2015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

The MOM is not a world class museum, so don't go in expecting a Smithsonian experience. What it is, however, is a unique collection of displays and rotating exhibits which are engaging for all ages. The building is beautiful and the admission is modest. Is it worth 1-2 hours? Absolutely.

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Chico, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2015

Balboa Park boasts of "world-class" museums, so maybe I expected too much, but I wasn't that impressed with the Museum of Man. The exhibit on human ancestors had some interesting specimens, but it's tough to beat those in New York's Museum of Natural History or the Smithsonian. The mummies were interesting, but I've been to the Cairo Museum. Much of... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2015

We really enjoyed walking about the is museum. It is great for children and parents. But we enjoyed it ourselves.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2015

There are permanent exhibits that are interesting and well presented such as the history of man, one about race, and another about Egyptian mummies. Although well done, they are showing their age. The special exhibits are fresher and usually interesting with interactive opportunities.The Torture exhibition is an additional charge. I have not visited it. Compared to the other museums in... More 

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Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

This museum shows you the history of man through the ages. they have very nice exhibitions and are all was changing them. In our opinion this is not for young children

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a very intense exhibit and not for the faint of heart. We, (myself and 2 teens) were only able to handle about half of the exhibit before we were on overload. You do have to sign a waiver ahead of time to take the kids into the exhibit. The remainder of the Museum of Man is relatively entertaining... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015

I've had the privilege of visiting many museums at Balboa Park three times before this trip. Somehow I missed the Museum of Man - what a mistake! How many museums have an anthology focus - and are really insightful about the human condition? My friend and I allowed three hours and that was definitely not enough time. They currently have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Although the price was a bit steep, there are bundles for tower tours as well as the Instruments of Torture Museum across the street! There was lots to learn as well as many places for the kids to learn. My favorite room was after the human evolution where there were interesting inventions and landmarks in time going back to 250,000... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is one of the more expensive museums in Balboa Park. I didn't find anything special about the place, it needs a good update to all the exhibits, all of which were small and things you learn in high school. The lady who we purchased tickets from was rude and seem disinterested in her job.

Thank Lorie R
Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

I enjoy looking at architecture that is unlike any other. This building reminds me of Napoleon's castle in Paris, France. The cathedral ceilings and details are uncommon. Bring a camera because you will be in awe.

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