San Diego , CA
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:
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.
Learn and explore the natural world through play. This new space invites our youngest visitors, ages 5 and under, to play under a shade tree, search for hidden secrets along a wooden fence, or read their favorite book in a cozy potting shed.
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exhibition explores the past, present, and future of citizen science through rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents.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.
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.
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