The San Diego Natural History Museum is a flagship institution in Balboa Park, featuring the regional natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California. The museum has five floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diegos only Foucault pendulum. Through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, numerous educational programs, and the opportunity to see scientists at work, the Museum will foster a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment for visitors of all ages. Current exhibits include:
Coast to Cactus in Southern California
This new, permanent exhibition tells the story of this amazing place we call home. Take an immersive walk through the major regions of southern Californiacoast, inland valleys, mountains, and desertand celebrate the abundant variety of life found here.
From dinosaurs to mastodons, travel through 75 million years and dig into the rich fossil history of southern California and Baja California.
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.
Sit back in our stadium-style, giant giant-screen theatre, featuring daily showings of our flagship film Ocean Oasis and a rotating calendar of thrilling 3D films.
Special Exhibition: Whales: Giants of the Deep
Interactive, immersive, and featuring the latest in international cetacean research, Whales: Giants of the Deep is an experience that brings adults and children eye to eye with some of the world's most elusive creatures. Featuring two fully-articulated sperm whale skeletons, including an impressive 58-foot male, Whales showcases amazing and rare specimens from Te Papa's whale collection, one of the largest in the world. Visitors will see life-size and scale models of whales common to the South Pacific as well as contemporary whalebone treasures such as weapons and chiefly adornments. They'll also learn about whale biology, the extraordinary evolutionary journey of whales from land to sea, and the history of whaling in New Zealand. Children can even crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of a blue whale, the Earth's largest living creature.
Whales: Giants of the Deep runs from March 19, 2016 September 5, 2016.
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Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
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