San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature ConnectionAbout SDNHM

Parking, Directions & Maps
Giant-screen Theater Schedule
Museum Store
Dinosaur Café

Other Activities:
 Balboa Park Attractions
  -Residents' Free Tuesdays
  -Passport to Balboa Park

Available for purchase at SDNHM.

Current exhibitions:
All That Glitters
Fossil Mysteries
Working on Thin Ice
Best of Nature

Giant-screen Theater:
Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia Waking the T. rex 3D Inner Earth 3D
Ocean Oasis

The official travel resource for San Diego.

Handicap access. Click for information. The escort to a visitor with disabilities is entitled to free Admission.

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
FAX 619.232.0248

Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater

Dinosaur Cafe

Plan Your Visit

Admission | Giant-screen Theater | Public Programs

North Entrance South Entrance
North (fig tree) Entrance South (fountain) Entrance
San Diego Natural History Museum photos courtesy of Mary Claude Padilla and Mike Ruiz.

Museum Hours and Directions:

Daily: 10 AM–5 PM|   Directions

  Hours subject to change.

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Museum Guide
  To prepare for a visit to the Museum, download or print a copy (*PDF).

Admission Prices:
Advance Online Tickets

24-hour advanced purchase is required

At the Door & Group Tickets
Giant-screen theater included, except on Residents' Free Tuesdays
Adult $17
Senior (62+) $15
Military, youth (13–17), student (with ID) $12
Child (3–12) $11
Child 2 and under FREE
Members FREE
Admission Group Tickets
Group Tickets (10+) $14
Professor-led College Group (10+)
(add on 3D experience for $3 per person)
Group Rate: Minimum 10 people from the same college, organization, or tour group. Reservations should be made in advance through the Group Sales Department. For more information, please call 800.290.4616, or send email to
Pre-K through 12 School Group Rate
Adult $8
Child $6
Group Rate: Minimum 10 students from the same school. Reservations should be made in advance through the Education Department. For more information, please call 619.255.0210, or send email to


Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater

Welcome to The Downing 3D Experience, the largest Dolby® 3D theater for a museum in California! Visitors to the San Diego Natural History Museum will be dazzled by the latest in digital 3D technology that delivers a premium viewing experience from anywhere in the 300-seat, stadium-style theater.

All film times subject to change daily. Giant-screen, 3D theater included with admission. Assistive Listening Devices for films and lectures in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater are available at the Visitor Services Desk.

Giant-screen theater included with paid admission. The 3D theater is included with Passports to Balboa Park, Go San Diego Cards and for members of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tickets are available at the Visitor Services Desks at the Museum.

Theater Schedule

Alex and Elizabeth Wise Museum Store
Peruse a comprehensive assortment of natural history products featuring dinosaurs and murals from Fossil Mysteries, the A.R. Valentien Signature Collection of botanical art products, and inspiring gift ideas with a sustainable message.

Call 619.255.0239 for more information or shop online.


Dinosaur Café
Conveniently located in the atrium of the San Diego Natural History Museum, the café is the ideal place to rest and recharge before or after a visit to the Museum. Managed by the Cohn Restaurant Group, the café features sandwiches and hot dogs as well as soups, pastries, snacks, cold beverages, and gourmet coffee and tea.

Call 619.255.0317 for more information.

Hours (subject to change):

Thursday–Sunday; 10 AM–4 PM


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