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San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
+1 619-239-2001
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, race, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.
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1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
+1 619-239-2001
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting and beautiful small museum, in a gorgeous setting right in the park. Exhibits have social interest and value and provide levels of information that makes it appealing for all ages. Multiple exhibits offer something for everyone. The site is split...More

Thank sola123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Balboa park for one afternoon and decided to go to this museum because of its History of Humans exhibit. (not sure the exact name) The exhibit I liked the most was of the timeline of humans from the beginning of time until...More

Thank Taylor H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am surprised that this museum doesn't rank higher on the list of places to go in San Diego. Right now (October 2017), there is a very unusual exhibit about cannibals. It sounds disturbing, but it was actually very interesting and worth the extra fee...More

Thank rpcverin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The highlight of the museum is definitely the tower tour. I happened to do the 1140 and there is additional music played while up tower during that tour. Unbelievable! The views are awesome, tranquility and the exercise is good as well. Lots of nice stories...More

Thank NinaW2000
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

At $25 a person, I expected way more from this museum than what it delivered. We got the all access pass which included the museum, the cannibal exhibit, and the tower tour. Of the three, only the tower tour was worth doing. The museum itself...More

3  Thank psianojr
Samantha A, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Dear psianojr, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We take your feedback seriously and will be sharing your comments with our staff so we can...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

This is a smallish museum well worth a visit if you're in San Diego. There were 3 particularly good exhibits when we went: Beer, Race, and Cannibals. All were worth a visit (Cannibals required an additional fee, but it was worth it). The building itself...More

Thank 007_nic
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The San Diego Tour Guide Association does frequent visits to attractions around San Diego to stay current and familiarize ourselves in order to enhance our tours with San Diego visitors. We recently made a field trip with 12 of our members to visit the Museum...More

Thank Borgs5053
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Museum of Man (MOM) has a lot of San Diego and ancestral history from the outside architecture to the infrastructure. Just ask a docent or take the tour. Quick tips Parking is about 1/4-1.2 mile away from the museum from most parking lots. There is...More

2  Thank 350kenyab
Sarah L, Marketing and Communications Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Dear 350kenyab, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Museum and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed our exhibits and the California Tower tour! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look forward to sharing your comments with...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

Museum of Man brings history to life. I loved the interactive beer exhibit that not only explained the history of beer, but also how to make beer, and what produced the different tastes. Around the corner was another great display of Mayan artifacts. Of course,...More

Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We love a museum so we decided to explore the Museum of Man. There are a variety of exhibits and rather than speed through them all, we rather spend our time exploring a few in depth. The exhibits we did enjoy included race, animals/pets, evolution...More

Thank corkyc988
Sarah L, Marketing and Communications Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Dear corkyc988, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Museum and we're happy to hear you had a great interaction with our staff about our Race: Are We So Different? exhibit! We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and we look...More

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robert c
20 December 2016|
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Response from Mark P | Reviewed this property |
Hi--well good news and bad news. Museums are free to resident's on Tuesdays, but the cannibal exhibit is extra charge even on free days. Good luck!