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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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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Ultimate Dinosaurs
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Photo Ark
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Sea Monsters 3D
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm
Ocean Oasis
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
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. 

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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 floors of exhibition space for the public to enjoy during December Nights. Permanent exhibitions include: Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science (NEW), Coast to Cactus in Southern California, Fossil Mysteries, Skulls and Water: A California Story.  Special exhibition, Animals: Machines in Motion will be open with a $9 admission.
Visitors can also see The Last Hurrah: The Photography of Abe Ordover, a photography exhibition, and two exciting 3D films* in the giant screen theater. Indulge in some hot chocolate from the Dino Cafe 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. Pick  up some authentic, locally-sourced mistletoe, sold by the Museum Canyoneers.
*3D films are not included with free admission during December Nights. Each 3D film is $5 per person.
**Open free 3-9pm. Closed prior to 3pm. 
theNAT: San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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