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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) in Balboa Park.
From dinosaurs and fossils, to rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to a Foucault pendulum that proves the earth is spinning, there’s something for everyone. Families will love the unique, interactive exhibitions that span four floors. A giant-screen theater has daily showings of 2D and 3D films.
Adventures begin in The Backyard, a play space that allows little learners to expand their horizons and learn and explore the natural world through play. Inspired by a quintessential San Diego backyard patio, The Backyard is packed with experiences that encourage curiosity about the natural world: a shade tree, live animals, a potting bench, a giant crawl-on ladybug, a garden bed for infant tummy time, and more.
Family-friendly events include monthly Family Days featuring hands-on activities and learning, Nature & Me Storytime for toddlers, and ASD Mornings for those on the autism spectrum; all are included with general admission. The Nat also offers extended evening hours in the summer (great for working parents) as well as fun and educational summer camps.
San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, Ca 92101