Phone: (619) 232-3821
Dog-Friendly: No Kid-Friendly: Yes
NOTE: This museum is free to all San Diego residents the first Tuesday of every month.
Hours: 10am-5pm daily
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.
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.
* 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.
The San Diego Natural History Museum will be the premier collections-based environmental education and natural history research resource in our region. We 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.
Personal Experience: All of the museums in Balboa Park are such a treat to visit. Non-holiday weekdays are probably best to visit if you can to avoid the crowds.