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Nature to You Loan Program

Visit us and enrich your programming with Museum specimens

We are open for the 2015-2016 school year Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 PM.

(Please note, we close most school holidays)

Upcoming closures:

November 23 through November 27 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 4 (December Nights)

December 21 through January 1 (Winter Break)


Hours of Operation (during the traditional school year): Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. 

Hours of Operation (during summer): Wednesday from 12:30PM to 3:30PM.

Location: Northwest corner of the Museum on level 1
Contact: or 619.255.0236

Become a member of the San Diego Natural History Museum's Nature to You Loan Program. Membership allows for access to the program's collection—over 1,300 specimens that represent the biologic and geologic diversity of the southwestern United States, Baja California and the world! 

Nature to You Loan Program

For the online database of available specimens, click HERE .


Annual Membership : $50 per year.

Annual Membership is valid for one calendar year from date of registration.

Loan duration is two weeks and is limited to seven specimens total; within these seven, each member is allowed a maximum of one bird of prey, one mammal and one reptile.
Closed most school holidays and summer hours are limited.

One Time Membership : $25

One Time Membership allows for one loan from the program.

Loan duration is one week and is limited to four specimens.


The Loan Program is grateful for the support of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, the Rice Family Foundation, the Union Bank Foundation, the San Diego Board of Supervisors, the Thursday Club Foundation, the Museum's Covey, Samuel & Katherine French Fund, the VWR Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation.