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San Diego Museum of Man

Located beneath the ornate 200-foot California Tower, the San Diego Museum of Man is the city’s only museum devoted to anthropology. With its Spanish colonial and mission style architecture, the landmark building was originally constructed for the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition. Today, a key focus of the museum is to create and display dynamic and educational anthropological exhibits about people and places throughout the Americas and around the world.

Climb the California Tower! For the first time since 1935 the California Tower is open for public tours!

Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(619) 239-2001
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In Adventure Kids in Egypt, experience what it's like to be a modern archaeologist discovering the remnants of Ancient Egypt, then see real mummies and authentic Ancient Egyptian artifacts. In Monsters!, see beasts familiar and strange, real and imagined, kind-hearted and troublesome, from across the span of human history and culture!  Also visit the Monsters! Clubhouse and settle in on big bean bag chairs to read lots of monster story books and do monster arts and crafts activities. 

Visit our lobby for a selection of exhibit and Museum of Man souvenirs including Cannibals: Myth & Reality, BEERology, Monsters!, and California Tower merchandise.

Visit the galleries of the Museum of Man and encounter objects, artifacts, and art installations that represent the cultural traditions of people from all over the world and across time. Enjoy performances on Saturday of Kumeyaay Birdsongs, the creation of a collaborative art sculpture, and other special activities underneath the museum’s grand dome. 

The California Tower Tours and our Special Exhibition, Cannibals, will NOT be open during December Nights Free Admission 5-9pm.  Tower Tours and Cannibals will be open during our normal operations 10am-4:00pm both days.

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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