San Diego Natural History Museum “The NAT”

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  • Balboa Park in San Diego is known for its immaculate scenery, historic buildings and lavish gardens. Its walking paths and elegant fountains make for the perfect place to stroll and spend the day enjoying the San Diego sunshine.  The world famous San Diego Natural History Museum in magical Balboa Park is an absolute must for visitors of all ages who want to learn, explore and be visually entertained.

    The museum itself is a stunning piece of historical architecture. Its four-stories of striking exhibitions and elaborate displays create an enchanting experience from entrance to exit. As you enter the main lobby, you’re greeted by a massive Cuvier Beaked Whale Skeleton floating majestically above your head.

    If you enter from the south side of the museum, two life size dinosaur replicas will be anxiously awaiting your arrival. Take a walk among the dinosaurs and be reminded just how magnificent this extinct species really was.  Each replica looks so incredibly life like, making you think one of them will blink at you!

    Each exhibit has real fossils found locally in San Diego. Getting to know prehistoric San Diego is so fascinating. There are so many ways to interact with the museum. Hands on activities allow visitors to participate throughout each exhibit.

    Don’t forget to take a selfie with the museums mascot, Meg, the Megladon. She is a life size version of what is believed to be a prehistoric giant shark. Meg is suspended above the second story and looks like a flying Jaws!

    Next up is the Skulls exhibit, which  features skeletons from a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, even humans! You can leave your own artistic version of a skeleton on their giant chalk board wall. Try your hand at a Giraffe skull!  After leaving your work of art, walk around the corner to find some very unique museum employees.

    The scientists at the NAT use Dermestid Beetles to clean the fossils used for research and display. You can literally watch these vicious little workers eat the flesh off of real skeletons! Just some good, clean family fun.

    In the Water exhibit you can interact with animals, look at photos and physically participate in activities, all pertaining to our regional water system. This exhibit is especially hands-on.  It is so fascinating to learn about where our water comes from, and all the different species who benefit from it as well.

    The museum shows rotating movies throughout the day in their massive 300 seat theatre.  The museum is always rotating its exhibits as well. So make sure to check out the schedule to see which exhibits are on display during your trip to San Diego.

    Before you leave, don’t miss an opportunity to take home a souvenir. The shop has a wide variety of gift items. There is plenty of stuff for the kids, like toys, costumes, and stuffed animals. If you need a little something to take back to your boss, grab a little keychain or a crystal.  Whatever your plans are for Balboa Park, we urge you to take a journey through time and visit the immaculate Natural History Museum.

    By Madison Teague

  • Address: 1788 El Prado
    San Diego
    United States
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