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Natural History Museum

A $17.00 value - Included with your Go San Diego Card!

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Fossils, dinosaur bones, and an amazing diversity of plant and animal life: explore all the richness of Southern California's natural history at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT). Younger kids will love the "learn and play" activities and the whole family can enjoy a free 3D movie daily.

People of all ages will be impressed by the unique, colorful, and interactive displays found at the San Diego Natural History Museum, a flagship institution in Balboa Park. TheNAT has five floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum.

Permanent exhibitions feature the regional natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California, and a rotating calendar of traveling exhibitions bring science and history to life.

Redemption Instructions

The Go San Diego Card includes general admission and one 3D film in the giant-screen theater. It does not include separately-priced premium exhibitions and events (Real Pirates February-September, 2014: $17 additional).


Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Phone: 619-232-3821


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We loved it!
By Travel Girl Verified Reviewer from San Francisco, ca on
Good exhibits, Big museum, Beautiful architecture
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Natural History Museum:

One of the nicest museums in San DIego - lots to do and see.

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Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Please note, Go San Diego Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30, whichever comes first.

Driving Directions

From downtown: Go east on A Street. Turn left (north) on 12th Avenue. The name changes to Park Blvd. Pass under the pedestrian overpass adjacent to the Museum. Turn left at the first traffic light beyond the overpass (Village Place) and left again into the Museum's parking lot. From the I-5 N or S: Exit at Pershing Drive and stay in the left lane. At the traffic light (Florida Drive), turn left. Follow Florida Drive, passing the traffic signal at the Naval Hospital. The next street is Zoo Place. Turn left onto Zoo Place and go up the hill to the traffic light. Turn left onto Park Blvd. At the next traffic light turn right onto Village Place. Turn left into the lot directly behind the Museum.


1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-232-3821


Adult Gate PriceChild Gate Price
$17.00 $11.00