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San Diego: San Diego Natural History Museum Ticket

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San Diego: San Diego Natural History Museum Ticket

Visit the San Diego Natural History Museum in beautiful Balboa Park. Get ready for the most fun you’ve had in 75 million years.

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  • Discover the natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California
  • Travel through 75 million years and dig into the rich fossil history of the region
  • Settle into the 300-seat, stadium-style theater and enjoy films on the massive screen
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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 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 fosters a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment for visitors of all ages. Current exhibits include:

Art of Science (running until Jan 15, 2023)

Data is beautiful and science has style - see the beauty that can emerge from scientific research. In collaboration with the UC San Diego library, see the winners of the Art of Science competition, showcasing the work of UC San Diego students and researchers.

Expedition Baja

The Baja California Peninsula: our neighbor in nature. Explore towing mountains, desert flats, and isolated islands, and follow along with researchers working to conserve the peninsula's wild beauty.

Living Lab

Meet more than 20 of your not-so-cuddly neighbors, from stinging scorpions to elusive nocturnal lizards.

Caught on Camera (coming Nov 18, 2022)

Wildlife is all around, even when we don't see it. So, what exactly are animals up to when we're not looking? Find out in this new photography exhibition featuring animal candids taken with the help of camera trap technology.

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

Learn and explore the natural world through play. This new space invites our youngest visitors (ages 0-5) 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 called 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.


Meet Al, a member of our skeleton crew. Allosaurus fragilis, a genus of large theropod dinosaur that lived in North America during the late Jurassic Period, is a relative of T. rex, which lived later. Al's bones are casts made from original fossil bones collected in Utah.


This replica of an extinct megalodon shark was modeled from and inspired by teeth collected from Miocene sandstones in Oceanside, California and near Ensenada, Baja California by Museum paleontology staff. It hangs in the Atrium as part of Fossil Mysteries and is one of the best selfie spots in the museum.


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

Demonstration Lab

See scientists at work and learn some of the ways they prepare, preserve, and study specimens.

Science Spotlight: Baleen Whale Evolution

Baleen whales are the largest living animals on the planet, and their ability to filter feed on small organisms in the ocean is an astounding adaptation. Scientists have new evidence for how and when the evolution from teeth to baleen occurred in the ancestors of today's filter-feeding whales.

Giant-Screen Theater

The Subaru Giant Screen Experience is one-of-a-kind. Settle into the 300-seat, stadium-style theater and enjoy films on the massive screen.

  • General Admission to the San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Giant screen films
  • Access to special exhibitions
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

The San Diego Natural History Museum is located at 1778 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (at the corner of Park Boulevard and Village Place).

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  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This ticket gives you general access to the exhibits at the museum. It does not include entrance to special exhibitions
  • The San Diego Natural History Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • The museum offers free entry for residents on the first Tuesday of every month. Please be prepared to wait in line, entry is not guaranteed on these days
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