San Diego Natural History Museum

Admission included

Admission with your Go San Diego pass includes:

  • Access to all permanent exhibits
  • One featured film screening at the museum’s 2D and 3D theater

Explore the natural history of southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT). From fossils and dinosaur bones, to rare books and live animals, there’s something for everyone at theNAT, a flagship museum in Balboa Park.

Visitors of all ages will be impressed by the unique, vibrant, and interactive exhibitions that span across five floors. Through its research collection, exhibitions, films, and programs, the museum fosters a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment. theNAT features lots of “learn and play” activities for little ones, frequent free guided nature walks for nature enthusiasts, adult and family programs, and interesting lectures.


Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm


Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Getting In

Your pass includes general admission and the films in the giant-screen theater. It does not include separately-priced premium exhibitions and events.


1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
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Driving Directions

From downtown: Go east on A Street. Turn left (north) on 12th Avenue. The name changes to Park Blvd. Pass under the pedestrian overpass adjacent to the Museum. Turn left at the first traffic light beyond the overpass (Village Place) and left again into the Museum's parking lot. From the I-5 N or S: Exit at Pershing Drive and stay in the left lane. At the traffic light (Florida Drive), turn left. Follow Florida Drive, passing the traffic signal at the Naval Hospital. The next street is Zoo Place. Turn left onto Zoo Place and go up the hill to the traffic light. Turn left onto Park Blvd. At the next traffic light turn right onto Village Place. Turn left into the lot directly behind the Museum.