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San Diego Museum of Man tickets

Gate Prices Adult $12.50
Child (3-12) $6.00

The San Diego Museum of Man will change the way you think about your world! Discover the truth behind the Mayan apocalypse theories. Experience one of the most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. See evidence of a sophisticated and complex culture while witnessing rare and compelling artifacts, including masks, bowls, and our majestic stelae.

The San Diego Museum of Man is the only anthropological institution in the region devoted to the celebration of diversity. It attempts to answer the question, What makes us human? In addition to our beloved core displays, we're always presenting vibrant traveling exhibitions from around the world that highlight diverse cultures and extraordinary artifacts. Discover ancient origins, make new connections, and engage in the human experience.

Nestled in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park, the Museum of Man brings together beauty, history, anthropology, art, and artifacts from ancient and contemporary cultures underneath the magnificent California Tower, educating visitors of all ages. In 1916, the Directors of the Panama-California Exposition sold a 5,000-piece archaeology, ethnology, and anthropology collection to the San Diego Museum Association for $1. Today, the museum’s collections total over 450,000 objects.

The primary collections of the Museum of Man focus on the Western Hemisphere, particularly California, the Southwest, Mexico, and western South America. Important ancillary collections include Alaska, the Northwest Coast, the Plains, Central America, and lowland South America.

Significant comparative collections feature ancient Egypt, Polynesia, and a worldwide assemblage of early weapons. Physical anthropology is represented with skeletal collections of ancient and modern bone diseases, as well as casts documenting human variations and evolution.

Here’s a look at what’s in store for you in the museum's permanent collection:

  • Footsteps in Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution: an introduction to humankind's long history and the twists and turns that have made us what we are today as a species
  • Ancient Egypt: showcasing rare Egyptian artifacts that date back over 3,000 years
  • Children's Discovery Center: where your little ones can dress up in ancient Egyptian costumes and see an Egyptian mummy adorned with royal jewelry
  • Kumeyaay: Native Californians: A look at the traditional lifestyles of California’s early Kumeyaay natives

In addition to a stunning permanent collection, special exhibits cycle in and out of the Museum of Man, letting you see traveling artifacts from around the world!

You’ll leave this unique museum with a better understanding of what makes us alike as humans, what makes us different, and what makes us unique in our universe. If you stop by the Museum Store, you may also leave with a realistic looking artifact to remind you of your trip!

The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes San Diego Museum of Man tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Present your Go San Diego Card at the admissions counter. Included admission does not apply to 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.


1350 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

From east or west: I-163 South, exit University Avenue. Go straight on 6th Avenue, left on Laurel Street (El Prado), cross the bridge and the Museum of Man is the first museum on your left. From the south: I-5 N, exit 6th Avenue, left on Laurel, follow as above. From the north: I-5 S, exit Laurel Street, left on Laurel, follow as above.

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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Disappointed because of uncharges
By Mountain Mama Verified Reviewer from Williamstown, MA on
Flexible Schedule, Personalized Itinerary, Free Parking
Too Many Upcharges, Few attractions included,
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing ,
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Diego Museum of Man:

We were really looking forward to this museum. When we arrived we were informed the special exhibit, Torture Devices, was an extra. $20/person. That's $100 for our family. Also, the Tower Tour was $10/person extra (another $50 for our family). If the cost were modest that would be fine, but $150 for the two items we were interested in, no way! We did enjoy the Monsters, Race, and Evolution exhibits, but we were so disappointed by the exorbitant special exhibit prices we only stayed an hour or so and decided to do something else.

Smart Destinations Response: This information is correct. General admission to the Museum of Man is $12.50 and everyone who visits is required to pay extra for the special exhibits. We like to keep the prices of our passes as low as possible which is why we give customers the option to purchase upgrades through attractions directly. We wish the upgrade prices were lower as well but hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in San Diego! Thank you for taking the time to leave this helpful review.
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