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  • San Diego Natural History Museum

    San Diego , CA

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    The San Diego Natural History Museum is a flagship institution in Balboa Park, featuring the regional natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California. The museum has four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diego's only Foucault pendulum. Through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, numerous educational programs, and the opportunity to see scientists at work, the Museum will foster a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment for visitors of all ages. Current exhibits include:

    Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage
    This new exhibition gives visitors a rare "backstage" glimpse of the museum's storage areas. Specimens arranged on shelves and in cases offer the opportunity to revel in the natural world in all its beauty and peculiarity.

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exhibition explores the past, present, and future of citizen science through rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents.

    Coast to Cactus in Southern California
    This innovative, permanent exhibition tells the story of this amazing place we call home. Take an immersive walk through the major regions of southern California's coast, inland valleys, mountains, and deserts and celebrate the abundant variety of life found here.

    Fossil Mysteries
    From dinosaurs to mastodons, travel through 75 million years and dig into the rich fossil history of southern California and Baja California.

    Take a look at 200 of the weirdest, wildest, and most fascinating animal skulls from our research collection.

    Water: A California Story
    All life depends on it, including ours. Learn how a changing climate affects our water supply, and see some of the live animals that depend on this vital resource.

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


    Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas


    General Admission

    Ticket info /hours

    This ticket is only valid for General Admission exhibitions and the giant-screen theater at the Museum. Not valid for separately priced exhibitions.

    Ticket valid until Mar 31, 2019


    Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

    Terms & Conditions for General Admission

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult $19.95 $17.95
    Senior (ages 62+) $16.95 $14.95
    Youth (ages 3-17) $11.95 $10.95

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