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San Diego Natural History Museum

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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.

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 Hours:
Adult $17
Senior (62+) $15
Military, College Student (with ID) $12
Youth (13–17) $12
Child (3–12) $11
Child 2 and under FREE

Upcoming events at San Diego Natural History Museum

Ongoing events at San Diego Natural History Museum

Event Time Category

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Birds Of The World' Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Coast To Cactus In Southern California' Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Animals

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Animals

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Animals

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Animals

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Animals

'Tiny Giants 3D'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Monday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

'Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Animals

Past events