Visit the San Diego Natural History Museum in beautiful Balboa Park. Get ready for the most fun you’ve had in 75 million years.
What to Expect
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 NAT has five 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.
Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People
A History of Citizen Science highlights naturalists—both past and present—and the impact their work and observations has had on science as we know it today. Rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents from our Research Library’s 56,000-volume collection are displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through touchable objects and multimedia experiences that allow deeper access to the works on display.
Coast to Cactus in Southern California
A new, permanent exhibition that tells the story of southern California. 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 in this area.
Fossil Mysteries. From dinosaurs to mastodons, travel through 75 million years and dig into the rich fossil history of southern California and Baja California.
Skulls.Take a look at 200 of the weirdest, wildest, and most fascinating animal skulls from our research collection.
Water: A California Story. All life depends on it, including ours. Learn how a changing climate affects our water supply, and see some of the live animals that depend on this vital resource.
Giant-screen theater. Sit back in our stadium-style, giant-screen theatre, featuring daily showings of our flagship film Ocean Oasis and a rotating calendar of thrilling 3D films.
- General Admission to the San Diego Natural History Museum
- 2D and 3D films
Know Before You Go
The San Diego Natural History Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.