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theNAT: San Diego Natural History Museum

Features fascinating exhibitions and a new giant-screen Dolby digital 3D theater showing films with a focus on the natural world. The museum’s award-winning exhibit design team creates exhibitions on the unique and biodiverse southern California region. In addition, the museum hosts several traveling exhibitions each year which teach visitors about our natural world as it is today and as it was in the past.

Daily, 10:00am-5:00pm. CLOSED Thanksgiving and Christmas.
(619) 232-3821
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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:00am
The Last Hurrah: The Photography of Abe Ordover
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Wild Africa 3D
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 12:00pm
Ocean Oasis
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00pm
A Reef Reborn 3D
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:45pm
Wild Africa 3D

Wacky Science Sundays at 12:15 pm and 2:15 pm every Sunday. Nature, Mommy, and Me, an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibitions, every second Thursday at 10:15 am. (recommended for ages 1–5--must be with adult). Free with admission.

The San Diego Natural History Research Library has resources related to plants, animals, and fossils with a particular focus on California, Baja California and the southwestern U.S. The library has over 50,000 volumes as well as an extensive rare book collection, map collection, historic photographic images, fine art collection, and archives of primary resources, which document the early days of the museum, dating back to the 1800s. Materials in the library must be used on-site; they do not circulate. 

View the online catalog.

Hours: Open Mon. – Fri., by appointment.
Contact: Email or call (619) 255-0225 to make an appointment.

The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) offers four major exhibitions for the public to enjoy during December Nights: Coast to Cactus in Southern California (NEW), Fossil Mysteries, Skulls, and Water: A California Story. Visitors can also see Butterflies and Insects, a photography exhibition, and two exciting 3D films* in the giant screen theater. Indulge in food and beverages from the Dino Café while listening to live holiday music performed by the Pomerado Brass Quintet from 5 to 6:30 PM and the TubaFours from 6:45 to 8:45 PM.

Oh and don’t forget to pick up some authentic, locally-sourced mistletoe, sold by the Museum’s Canyoneers!

*3D films are not included with free admission during December Nights. Each 3D film is $5 per person.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed will be closed during December Nights (5-9pm) but will be open during the day (regular admission prices during daytime hours). 

theNAT: San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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