San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California

1788 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101

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Address: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101

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Phone: 619-232-3821
Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. More Info
Price: Adults (18-61): $17; Seniors (62+): $15; Youth (13-17): $12; Child (3-12): $11; Children under 3: Free More Info

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  • Visited: July 2010
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
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Bring a packed lunch to enjoy by the fountain outside. It is affiliated with other museums, so we got in free. It pays to belong to a children's museum!

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Submitted by: Kristen s.

This is by far my favorite museum in San Diego and I have been to most of them...even the smaller ones. They always have new exhibits to keep things interesting. I LOVE their gem and mineral exhibit. ...

Submitted by: Ray H.

taking advantage of the first tuesday of each month is one of the best perks for san diego locals.  actually, taking advantage of every tuesday, because you can get in free into choice museums.  the first happens to contain the natural history museum. who doesn't get excited about dinosaurs? i'm 30 years old, and i am definitely not so far removed as to not get excited when i see something that resembles the t-rex (which is their allosaurus on the first level). along with all the other plant and animal factoids! this museum has tons to see and definitely enough content in it for hours upon hours of exploring and learning. the staff is helpful and friendly.  i would recommend heading in there in the early aft...

Submitted by: Alex C.

I have been a member of this museum off and on for a few years, and I can't help but be a bit disappointed by it.  I take a bit of a nostalgic look at the NHM, as I remember spending many, many afternoons as a kid exploring their vast collections, in which you could learn all about Southern California wildlife and the amazing variety of sea life off of our shores.  Alas, the "expansion" they undertook several years ago obliterated the vast, albeit dated-looking, exhibits, and I can't say for the better. What's left is a building that looks twice as big from the outside, but has a surpirisingly tiny amount of space devoted to actual exihbits, and a miniscule amount that is permanant.  It seems strange that a ...

Submitted by: Jim L.

This museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours out and about in San Diego and a great way to get your child interested in the sciences. While it may not be renowned as other natural history museums, it serves it cause for San Diego only because there are some many more things to see and do here, being in a warm climate. While here, we took in the 3D "The Ultimate Wave Tahiti" which was a pretty cool documentary including Kelly Slater. It was a nice day outside and this little breather allowed me to sit on my butt for 20 minutes in a dark location and relax. Oh yeah, the film was pretty cool as well. There aren't a tremendous amount of exhibits here but if you take your time and read all the placards, ...

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