I went to the NAT (San Diego Natural History Museum) today and was quite impressed. The first floor is devoted to dinosaurs and it is extremely well done and stunning to look at. There were quite a few young children there and you could see they were in heaven.The dinosaurs are all from the local area at various times. I have been to a ton of Natural History Museums in my life, and I learned some pretty cool things.
The next floor explains the geology or the area. Another floor has a cafeteria, a museum store, and a children's play area that the kids seemed to love.
The basement floor has various 3D movie theaters and an area that goes over the water situation in San Diego and some of the local animals. There are two other floors that are mostly offices but are worth looking at the displays out there.
If you look out the back of the museum you will see an amazing fig tree. At first I thought it was a magnolia but it is not. One of the biggest and most amazing trees I have ever seen.
I am the type to pause and read everything and the museum took me 3 hours. I didn't do the movie due to scheduling issues but that is included in your ticket and looks good.
The only food is already made sandwiches, salad and coffee so you may want to eat elsewhere.
Everything in the museum is in both English and Spanish.
We went to the San Diego Ntl. History Museum for a special exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The exhibit was great, and since we were already there, we decided to check out the rest of the place. The museum's permanent exhibit is called "Fossil Mysteries" and shows all about evolution on Earth. Nice dinosaurs. It's a great to bring kids to this since it has a lot of interactive features.
The other exhibit at the time was "Contemporary Israeli Photography". We know that there are some fascinating places to see and take photos of in Israel/Palestine, but that really wasn't captured in this exhibit. Not quite sure what this was - maybe we just don't understand art!
Founded in 1874, the museum is an oldest active research institution and is the in Southern California. The museum is dedicated to interpreting the natural world through research and education. When we went then, they had these huge animated creatures which I found pretty cool. Plus they have all sorts of programs for all to enjoy!
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
I just walked from the ZOO passing by Spanish Village Art Center and the large Moreton Bay fig tree.
There two entrances: northern and southern (main).
You can get SDNHM by your car (FREE parking) or by public transportation - a bus or a trolley, details:
Check the current exhibitions:
Hmm... I was interested in one when I was there:
DOGS: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend
Hurry up - it ends September 2, 2003
Daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Seniors (65+), active military, college students (with ID) $6.00
Children (3 -17) $5.00
Children 2 and under FREE
Admission includes the exhibits and both Giant Screen films.
10 a.m.(school groups only), Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
All film times subject to change daily - check the page: http://www.sdnhm.org/visit/index.html
There are a lot of museums of Natural History in the USA, I suppose. What's that? We say museum of nature, is that the same?
San Diego Natural History Museum features its own giant-screen film, Ocean Oasis, taking visitors on a journey through Baja California and the Sea of Cortés.
In the new, 90,000 sq. ft. expansion, you can also enjoy traveling exhibitions and regional displays of its 7.5 million specimen scientific collection in the disciplines of paleontology, mineralogy,botany, entomology, marine invertebrates, herpetology, ornithology, and mammalogy. Educational programs include classes, lectures, nature walks, teacher workshops, and the loan library. Add museum store.
Hmm... I skipped it. I spent too much time in the ZOO, I suppose - but it was great time :-). The white, big building of the museum looked quite nice hehe.
The building which houses San Diego Natural History Museum stands on the left side of the main street of Balboa Park: El Prado just at its end.
Quite nice and - no doubts - large, white building.
Even if you don't visit the San Diego natural History Museum you can admire the architecture of the big white building and first of all beautiful plants which grow around it.