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San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego

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The San Diego Natural History Museum is a museum located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. It was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History. It is the second oldest scientific institution west of the Mississippi and the oldest in Southern California. The present location of the museum was dedicated on January 14, 1933. A major addition to the museum was dedicated in April 2001, doubling exhibit space.
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  • We have been going over the years with our grandkids & kids and this is a great, educational museum for all ages. The museum also has a “live” reptile exhibit which the kids enjoy. We also enjoy... 
    We have been going over the years with our grandkids & kids and this is a great, educational museum for all ages. The museum also has a “live” reptile exhibit which the kids enjoy. We also enjoy...  more »
  • This is a great, interactive museum for kids. We went as a couple because we love history, but it was pretty sparse in our opinion. We enjoyed the museum in Chicago much better. It spans across four....  more
    This is a great, interactive museum for kids. We went as a couple because we love history, but it was pretty sparse in our opinion. We enjoyed the museum in Chicago much better. It spans across four....  more »
  • I'm sure this is a nice way to spend an afternoon as a family with kids, especially on a rainy day. We went as a group of three adults and found some of the exhibits interesting but were overall... 
    I'm sure this is a nice way to spend an afternoon as a family with kids, especially on a rainy day. We went as a group of three adults and found some of the exhibits interesting but were overall...  more »
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  • Absolutely LOVED experience here. My daughter enjoyed every second of it. Museum has 4 stories but best one was 2nd story. So spend most of the time there. Also 50% OFF at 4:00 pm (1 hour before close). Usually it takes 1 1/2 hrs at normal speed. But with 60 min we were able to see everything but had to go bit fast!!
  • My boyfriend and I went here for his birthday! It was a nice relaxing day! We explored the whole museum except for the gem room at the bottoms floor. It was closed. We loved the taxidermy, models, skulls, and books! We love animals, so this was a great place to visit!
  • We enjoyed our visit to this museum. If you like science you are likely to enjoy this place. If you have kids surely they will love it. A good place for a science teacher to tour the kids.. We went to museum of arts as well. Oh I love San Diego!
  • The cost for an adult ticket is $26. There are several interesting rooms to explore including a live laboratory. Please don't bang on the glass. Some of the rooms are more journal or reading rooms. These are not bad, but if you are tired they are not that interesting.
  • went here for a family day.. and it was AMAZING! we're a family consisting of: 2 adults, 1 teenager, and 1 kid, and all 4 of us had lots of fun. this is coming from someone who's out of town/a tourist! 😁 parking was hard to get.. but we managed to get a good spot! it's all about waiting around and driving in circles. as soon as someone leaves their spot, it's taken instantly, which made finding a spot a struggle. we came around 1 pm and we were able to visit the first 3 floors! we missed the 4th & the floor below 1 but that was on us 😁 as we arrived late-ish. it was actually really fun but also very informative! i was totally geeking out and all of the information and animals that were on display! there were lots of other families there scattered around the place, and it was never super crowded in a room. there were lots of things to look at for all ages! no one felt left out. it may take a lot of walking around to look at everything, but, there are lots of benches and seats around. there's also hand sanitizer stations everywhere so use it!! final review: 100000/10, fun for all ages + the whole family, would definitely love to come back soon :^)

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