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San Diego Natural History Museum tickets

Gate Prices Adult $19.00
Child (3-12) $12.00

Discover how interesting the world we live in is when you explore the natural history of southern California at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), right in Balboa Park.

With five stories of interactive exhibits featuring everything from fossils and dinosaur bones to rare books and animals, there’s something for everyone at theNAT, including lots of “learn and play” activities for the younger crowd, free guided nature walks for nature enthusiasts, and even occasional adult and family programs.

Your admission includes one featured film on the museum’s giant-screen, 300-seat theater with daily showings of 2D and 3D films.

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Fossil Mysteries: San Diego is an archaeological hotbed, and was once a haven for the giants of prehistory: dinosaurs! Examine fossils and use archaeological tools to find the answers to the mysteries of bones and fossils. You’ll travel through a period of 75 million years, from the time of dinosaurs to the ice ages.
  • Coast to Cactus in Southern California: This new, permanent exhibition tells the story of this amazing place we call home. Take an immersive walk through the major regions of southern California—coast, inland valleys, mountains, and desert—and celebrate the abundant variety of life found here.
  • Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science: In this brand-new, permanent exhibition, learn about naturalists associated with the museum and the impact their work and observations had on science as we know it today. Rare books, art, photographs, historical documents, and plant and animal specimens are brought together to prove that everyone can participate in science.
  • Skulls: Take a look at 200 of the weirdest, wildest, and most fascinating animal skulls from the museum’s research collection.
  • And more.
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Getting In

Head to either museum entrance and present your Pass at the ticketing counter for admission.

Your pass includes admission to a featured film on the Giant-Screen Theater but does not include separately priced exhibitions and events.


Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm


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


1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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.

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[ 4 of 5 customers found this review helpful ]

We loved it!
By Travel Girl Verified Reviewer from San Francisco, ca on
Big museum, Good exhibits, 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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