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San Diego Natural History Museum

Photo: Fossil Mysteries South Entrance, © San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.

Mission
To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Purpose
- To emphasize this unique and diverse region while maintaining a global perspective;
- To collect and preserve scientific specimens for research and as a continuous record of the changing world for future generations;
- To serve as a center for the scientific study of biological diversity and evolution;
- To provide dynamic leadership in natural history and environmental education through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, striving to make this outreach relevant to all the people of the San Diego region;
- To foster cooperative efforts in natural history research and education throughout our region.

Vision
The San Diego Natural History Museum will be the premier collections-based environmental education and natural history research resource in the San Diego region. SDNHM will provide programs that are timely, user-friendly, and relevant to the real-life needs of the diverse populations of the San Diego-Baja California region today and tomorrow.

General Admission Pricing:
Adult $19
Senior (62+) / Student / Military (with ID) $17
Youth (7–17) $14
Child (3–6) $11
Child 2 and under Free
Members Free

Upcoming event at San Diego Natural History Museum

Winter Camp At TheNAT

  • Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • School is out, but fun and science are always in. Join us this winter break as we discover dinosaurs, investigate wacky animal behavior, and get inspired by nature’s wonders. The San Diego Natural History Museum offers flexible, single-day experiences for budding scientists in grades 1–5. Single-day camps are offered December 18 through 22. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp is nut free—please plan snacks and lunches ... Read more

All upcoming events at San Diego Natural History Museum

Unshelved: Cool Stuff From Storage Starts November 18, 2017

Winter Camp At TheNATTomorrow

NATtalk: Tales From The Mammal AtlasDecember 19, 2017

Nature And Me StorytimeJanuary 11, 2018

ASD MorningsJanuary 14, 2018

Whale Of A Time Family DayJanuary 15, 2018

Citizen Science Family DayFebruary 19, 2018

Flower Power Family DayMarch 18, 2018

Trash To Treasure Family DayApril 14, 2018

Desert Discovery Family DayMay 28, 2018

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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