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, including Dinosaurs Alive 3D and Great White Shark 3D (beginning March).
Special Exhibition: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
The ruined cities of the ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of their discovery in the jungles of Central America was published in the 1840s. Now you have the opportunity to step into this mysterious world and learn about the daily life of this ancient civilization. Visitors will see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life. Featuring hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on activities, you will explore the rise and eventual decline of these fascinating ancient cities of the past.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed runs from June 12, 2015 January 3, 2016
Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
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