Experiencing San Diego’s Natural History Museum.
San Diego’s Natural History Museum is one of the many museums found at Balboa Park (next to the San Diego Zoo). I have been to more than a few Natural History Museums in my time, and I have to say this one is one of my favorites.
First of all, San Diego’s Natural History Museum is HUGE! We spent several hours there fully engaged in learning and not once did my kids get bored or complain (which is huge considering how young they when we went. ) The Museum has 4 stories and a basement with exhibits covering topics like fossils, mineralogy, indigenous plants & Animals, and more
I think the reason my kids loved The NAT so much is because of how hands on it is. Every direction we turned there was something else fascinating to discover. Too often museums only have token exhibits for children but most are hands off and geared toward adults. The NAT is different. The whole museum is geared towards getting you excited about natural science no matter your age.
If you are planning on taking your family to The NAT on your next trip to San Diego (which I totally suggest doing) then I recommend setting aside at least 3 hours to explore. More if you want to see any of their amazing Movie Adventures in their Giant Screen Theaters!
The NAT Location:
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
& open until 10 PM on most Fridays during the Summer
Adults – $19.95
Seniors & Students/Military (with ID) – 16.95
Youth (3-7) – &11.95
Children (2 and Under) – FREE
General Admission includes access to core exhibitions and films in the giant screen theater (except on Residents’ Free Days ).
Pssst… Yes The NAT is part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program. (which will get you access to the permanent Exhibitions and a discount on the Giant Screen Theater Films.)
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