Natural History Museum of the 21st Century
On November 15, 1998, the San Diego Natural History Museum broke ground on a large new addition that, together with dynamic programs, produced the Natural History Museum of the 21st Century. This spectacular new building was dedicated in 2001, as a gift to you, your children, and visitors to the San Diego region.
This new facility more than doubled our existing space. It houses the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC), the Environmental Science Education Center (ESEC), and will soon house new permanent exhibitions. It also greatly expanded our opportunities to provide large national and international traveling exhibitions in a large new exhibition hall, quality educational programs in a large new auditorium and theater, and expanded class offerings in our four new permanent classrooms.
The permanent exhibition halls will be completely remodeled and rebuilt to feature a state-of-the-art highly interactive walk across our region from deep ocean to high mountains to low desert. Our intent is to provide a magnificent "visitors center" for the region that will be a "must see" for residents and visitors alike.
Funds for this project were predominately from private sources. $20.5 million was committed by the groundbreaking ceremony and fundraising will continue until the facility is fully funded and an endowment is in place to ensure its operation in the future.
Michael W. Hager, Executive Director