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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-239-2001
10:00 - 17:00
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...

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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Quick collection of small exhibits

It doesn't take long to cover this museum's small exhibits (think 1-2 hours max). The mummy collection had some interesting educational discussion. The history of beer is more... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Quite a small museum. Many of the facts printed on the posters are debatable or common knowledge. And pretty much all of the artifacts are replicas. What's the point of a museum where you don't learn anything? Also, the history of evolution of man was very contradictory. I didn't enjoy this place at all.

Thank Rhonda G
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

We read everything and saw everything in this well-done special exhibit.... I'm amazed I slept that night. It's difficult to think that anyone believes in torture anymore, but it continues in our world. Absolutely profound. I definitely support the variety of organizations protesting torture.

Thank SoCalMare
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

It doesn't take long to cover this museum's small exhibits (think 1-2 hours max). The mummy collection had some interesting educational discussion. The history of beer is more of a false draw with not much to see. Strangely enough, their permanent Maya exhibit was almost as good as the neighboring special exhibit (that cost extra to see). Don't make a... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Very interesting museum, showing all aspects of man, we paid extra and went on the tower Tour, this take you up to the top of the tower were you have a great view of the San Diego area, the last part is a small spiral staircase, so if you have any issue with stairs I would go up. The overall... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Am I the only one who finds it a bit amusing that the abbreviation for this fine anthropological and archaeological museum in Balboa Park contains the Letters 'MoM'? Anyway, no matter, this museum literally towers above the Park because it is in the building with the California tower (which by the way is open for tours) from the Panama-Pacific exposition... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

The mummies are real--thats the only draw for this place. Everything else is a reproduction. The place is TINY; we thought we'd be here all day, but were done with the museum and torture exhibit in less than 2 hrs. Exhibits that were supposed to light up ot speak weren't working. Bits and pieces were broken off of the Evolution... More 

Thank Amanda D
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Concentrating on anthropology, the museum was started in 1915 and has attracted visitors with both core and special exhibits. Great for kids and adults too you can interact with "Monsters!", BEERology, Adventure Kids in Egypt, Ancient Egypt: Real Mummies and Artifacts of the Dead, Footstep through Time, Kumeyaay, Maya and a special exhibit on Race.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

I decided to see this exhibit after reading a flyer for the museum of torture. There is a deal in which you can see the Museum of Man, the Museum of Torture, and Climb the California Tower all for $25/adult. The California Tower is a guided tour that gives you stunning views of Balboa Park and surrounding area. Since it... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

So my 14 years old son wanted to see this creepy exposition, well it was awesome and super interesting. A great collection of instruments with detailed descriptions. Just be sure that your kids won't do nightmares, it's really detailed.

Thank bigcop73
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

I absolutely enjoyed visiting this museum. Full of interesting information regarding the history of humans themselves. Something for everyone. I especially loved the exhibit about the evolution of man since that is what I studied in school. It was very cool to see the casts of the fossils I studied about in real life. Absolutely worth spending all afternoon here.... More 

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