The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat). From rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to dinosaurs and fossils, to a Foucault pendulum that proves the earth is spinning, there’s something for everyone at The Nat, a flagship institution in beautiful Balboa Park. Visitors will be impressed by the unique, interactive exhibitions that span across four floors. The museum features a giant-screen theater with daily showings of 2D and 3D films as well as rotating exhibitions that bring nature to life.
Permanent offerings include Fossil Mysteries and Coast to Cactus in Southern California, which together serve as a walk through the region’s prehistoric past and biological present. You’ll travel through a period of 75 million years—from the time of dinosaurs to present day—along the way learning all about this amazing place we call home. Skulls features 200 of the most fascinating animal skulls from the museum’s collection, and Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science invites visitors to explore treasures from its Research Library, including rare books, artwork, and historical documents displayed alongside plant and animal specimens.
Through its research collection, exhibitions, films, and programs, the museum fosters a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Now On View:
- NEW! Escape The Nat: Botanic Panic
- The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery | Through December 2019
- Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage | Through November 2019
- Baja’s Wild Side | Through March 2019
- Gems & Minerals | Opens November 2018
Always On View:
Visit San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
1788 El Prado
San Diego , CA 92101
Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA