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San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Museum of Man

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The only museum in San Diego devoted entirely to anthropology, the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park holds an array of ancient treasures, including over 72,000 artifacts and 37,000 historical photographs. Permanent exhibits feature the Maya, Ancient Egypt, the culture of the local Kumeyaay indigenous peoples, human evolution, and the human life cycle.

Particularly outstanding is Discover Egypt, an interactive exhibit in the Children's Discovery Center. Here, visitors can dress up in ancient Egyptian costumes, barter in an Egyptian market, navigate a small boat on the Nile, or listen to stories of mummification told by the Egyptian god Anubis.

The museum is a draw for San Diegans and visitors alike and its exhibits are used by the local educational system to enhance the curriculums of ancient and local history, and health sciences.

In addition to its exhibits and educational programs, the museum building itself is reason enough for a visit. Originally constructed for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, its architecture is Spanish colonial and mission style.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • 10am to 4:30pm daily
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $10
  • Youth (ages 13-17 years), Seniors (62+), Students (with ID), Active Military (with ID): $7.50
  • Children (ages 3-12 years): $5
  • Children under 3: Free
  • Members: Free
  • Contact:
  • Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
  • Phone: 619-239-2001
  • Website: www.museumofman.org
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