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Explore fascinating aspects of the natural world on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Centrally located in pretty Balboa Park, the natural history museum is the oldest scientific institution in California, with a focus on southern and Baja California. Your general admission ticket provides entrance to the museum and a variety of fascinating exhibits that are spread out over five floors. You can also watch films in the giant-screen theater — a great excursion for the whole family! Upgrade to also include access to the ‘Animals: Machines in Motion’ exhibition, featuring digital media, scientific models, and real specimens that allow guests to investigate the marvels of natural engineering and discover how evolution is Earth’s greatest innovator.


  • Admission to the San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Explore the oldest scientific institution in southern California at your own pace
  • Learn about the natural history and biodiversity of southern California through exhibits and films
  • Enjoy special rotating exhibits that change every few months
  • Upgrade to include admission to the Animals: Machines in Motion exhibition, on view for a limited time

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San Diego Natural History Museum Admission

San Diego Natural History Museum Admission

Centrally located in lovely Balboa Park, the San Diego Natural History Museum lies within easy walking distance of the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Automotive Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and several other attractions.

The museum features exhibits about the animals, plants and geology of southern and Baja California. Explore five floors of exhibits at your leisure, and check to see which special exhibits are on display when you visit. Recent exhibitions have focused on the Whales, California's water crisis, skulls from across the globe, local fossils and other interesting topics.

A stadium-style, giant-screen theater offers screenings of fantastic films, including the museum's flagship film Ocean Oasis — which delves into the links between the Baja California desert and Mexico’s Sea of Cortés.

Founded in 1874, the museum is the oldest scientific institution in southern California. Your admission ticket for the Natural History Museum is valid during regular operating hours, giving you the flexibility to schedule your visit according to your availability.

Upgrade to Animals: Machines in Motion. Don’t miss this special exhibition, running from October 29, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

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