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“Torture exhibit is interesting, but the Museum of Man was disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego Museum of Man
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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, 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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Roseville, California
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“Torture exhibit is interesting, but the Museum of Man was disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

As part of our trip to San Diego, we were looking forward to visiting the "Instruments of Torture" exhibit, which is at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. There is an additional fee for the Torture exhibit, so it cost $20 to get into the Torture exhibit and it also gets you into the Museum of Man. You are not able to just buy a ticket for the Torture Exhibit.

The Torture exhibit is interesting, but not very large. I estimate there are approximately something in the neighborhood of 30-40 torture devices on display. Each device had a written description and some background on how it was used. The exhibit for me fairly interesting and we (wife and 2 teenage kids) spent maybe 30-45 minutes there. We then went across the street to the Museum of Man.

The Museum of Man was very disappointing. There were no clear signs to lead you through the exhibits. We felt like we were walking in circles. None of us found the any of the items at this museum particularly interesting. Even the mummy exhibits were disappointing.

I have a difficult time recommending the torture exhibit, but I give it a hesitant recommendation only because it has items you will unlikely ever see again.

Visited July 2013
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Lafayette, Indiana
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“Curation of the collection is unimpressive.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

While there are plenty of educational aspects to the museum, the curation placards felt somewhat heavy handed at times. Pales in comparison to other similar collections elsewhere.

Visited July 2013
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“Eye-opening exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

We went to the Museum of Man, drawn in by History of Torture exhibit. The Museum of Man itself was more for kids, with history of evolution and different cultures, but the Torture Exhibit should be for adults only. It was a learning experience in the brutalities of humans. I was literally nauseated by the middle of the tour, but am enriched because I went all the way through it. Sat outside for a few minutes in the fresh air and was good to go. They should hand out Saltines on the way out the door. It was a fascinating experience, though. Highly recommended for adults with strong stomachs only.

Visited June 2013
Thank Miranda S
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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“Museum Rips People off - San Diego Go Card”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

We were in San Diego in August 2012. We had purchased 5 Day San Diego Go Cards for the 4 of us. This included Admission to the Museum. We had seen advertised the Torture Exhibit and all of us looked forward to attending. When we arrived there, we were told that the Go San Diego Card did not get us into see Torture Exhibit. We were told we would have to pay full admission to see Torture Exhibit. We complained and were told it was not their decision but the Exhibits decision to charge the full admission fee. They did not offer any apologies. We were not impressed and it ruined the whole visit to the Musueum, which was really pretty pitiful. Even the Egyptian exhibit was really lacking. Would not recommend wasting your time going. We went to the Art Museum next door and enjoyed that immensely.

Visited August 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Cool Little Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Not a bad little museum, but I felt the exhibits were a little weak for the admission price. There are better museums in Balboa PArk. Watch the Balboa Park calendar and hit this on a free day.

Visited February 2013
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