San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, CA

1788 El PradoSan Diego, CA 92101
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Situated in Balboa Park in San Diego, California, this museum offers a unique learning experience for guests of all ages. Exhibitions have included Whales: Giants of the Deep, Water: A California Story, and many others. The giant screen theater offers large-scale videos and 3-D experiences in a 300-seat venue. The museum also features events like whale watching, nature hikes and more.


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The San Diego Natural History Museum is a flagship institution in Balboa Park, showcasing the regional natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California. The NAT has four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum.

Hidden Gems: Get to know The Nat's sparkly side with more than 100 of the best, brightest, and most spectacular selections from our gems and mineral collection. These hidden gems will be on every floor of the Museum.

The Backyard is an exhibition that allows children 5 and under to explore the natural world through play.

Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage gives visitors a rare “backstage” glimpse of the museum’s storage areas.

The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery showcases fossils of a mastodon discovered in San Diego that yielded the earliest evidence of human activity in the Americas.

Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science explores the past, present, and future of citizen science through rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents.

Discover the rich biodiversity of the region by taking a journey through the various habitats that exist in the region in Coast to Cactus in Southern California.

From dinosaurs to mastodons, dig into the rich fossil history of the region in Fossil Mysteries.

Skulls features nearly 200 of the weirdest, wildest, and most fascinating skulls from The Nat’s vast research collections.

Giant-screen theater: Sit back in our stadium-style, giant-screen theater, featuring daily showings of our flagship film Ocean Oasis and a rotating calendar of thrilling 3D films.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Heather H.
Buhl, ID
2 Reviews
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"Really great!"
July 2018
The whole family loved this museum! So many different and cool exhibits. It did feel quite warm on the higher floors like the A/C wasn't working properly but still totally worth it to see everything.
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Tip: Bring a stroller for the littles.

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