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:
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!