The Nat: See It for Old Times’ Sake

The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) in Balboa Park.

From dinosaurs and fossils to live animals and rare books, there’s something for everyone. Families will love the unique, interactive exhibitions that span four floors. A giant-screen theater offers daily showings of adventure and nature films, included with paid admission.

The Nat’s newest photography exhibition, California Blooming, focuses on how climate change is affecting wildflowers in our state. Living Lab, also recently opened, brings visitors face-to-face with live animals like lizards, geckos, frogs, beetles, snakes, and even a bee colony. The Backyard play space allows little learners (ages 0-5) to expand their horizons and learn and explore the natural world through play.

Can’t visit in person? The Nat hosts regular “live lessons” for kids via Zoom and has a Nature to You loan program that allows you to check out taxidermy specimens for your home or classroom. Learn more at

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.232.3821