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“Visit only if you have time & interest.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Museum of Man
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Owner description: 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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Lagos, Nigeria
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“Visit only if you have time & interest.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Firstly, the ticket is pricey at USD 12.5 per person. Though the museum has good collection, I personally feel that one should visit this museum only if time and interest permit. Instead, I would rather recommend, to spend time in the Balboa park, where this museum situated. By paying an additional USD 7.5 pp, one can visit museum of 'Instruments of Torture' also, where they have kept some medieval instruments of human torture.
My overall feeling is - visit if you are an anthropology student or interested in human evolution. Otherwise, spend your time in better places in the same park...

Visited June 2014
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“Not many interesting exhibits for adults and older children”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

Went here recently with my wife and two children (ages 15 and 12). I was disappointed with the museum as a whole. We saw the torture exhibit and that was very interesting (albeit small); however, the remainder of the museum was a bit dull and uninspiring, with one exception - the exhibit with the pharaoh's caskets and mummy's. For families, the museum is best for children under 13 in my view. We had to sign a waiver for our 12 year old to view the torture exhibit. Some of the torture devices were brutal and sexual in nature, but I think fine for children 12 and over who indicate it would be interesting to them. My 15 year-old hustled through (maybe a bit too much for him) - my 12 year-old spent more time reading and looking at the exhibits. Many of the exhibits were partially restored and not original and several were entirely reproductions. $67.50 for the 4 of us - a bit steep for the experience.

Visited June 2014
Thank Jason G
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Small but nice for family trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

There are different exhibitions to choose from so if something doesn't catch your eye right away, something else will. From Mayan to Egyptian, human evolution to Star Wars paraphernalia, this museum is a nice one to visit once in Balboa Park.
The staff not only guide you through the exhibits but also gives you tips on where you get the best pics in Balboa Park ;) Thanks Marc!

Visited April 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Went there for the beer tasting evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

It was a great evening - chance to see the museum in an amazing setting. Plus a chance to discover local craft beers with local food. A truly fun evening.

Visited March 2014
Thank Nic N
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Rockville, Maryland
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“Many Different Exhibits, but No Cohesive Theme.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

The San Diego Museum of Man, located in the El Prado area of Balboa Park, is an anthropology museum with many different exhibits, but no cohesive theme.
The permanent collection features easy to understand displays of human history, tracing human development over millions of years from hominids forward, and explaining the evolutional differences between humans and apes.The collection also includes mummies and other artifacts from ancient Egypt and parts of South America (where the Incas practiced mummification). And another display introduced us to the stelae, the stone carvings of the Mayan civilization. Made me want to take a trip to the Yucutan to visit the ruins of Chichen Itza and learn more.
However, the temporary, special exhibitions seemed a bit out of place. The temporary exhibit on Beerology pointed out that most cultures on the planet discovered at some point that brewing beer was a good idea. So what's new? And the exhibit on "Empowering Women" gave examples of women forming cooperatives in poor Asian, African, and South American towns to market their handicrafts. The exhibit simply said that the women were doing this work, and left it at that. We were not interested in the special temporary exhibit on torture instruments (which has a separate admissions charge).

Visited March 2014
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