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San Diego Museum of Man

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Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
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The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands...

The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, race, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.

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The Museum of Man, located within Balboa park charges admission. I would call it more of a learning center. it has very few original items. Most are plaster or fiberglass. It... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 December 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

I really liked this museum for the simple fact that it's full of history from the stone ages to how babies are made to mummy's to big foot, to race, etc. It's amazing, it's clean, and it's in a beautiful area that is full of history. We also went to the torture museum a must go to.

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

From torture to children's monsters to an exhibit on race and one on beer, this museum had something for everyone in our group. Rotating exhibits so best to check what's available.

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Glensted Mo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

The Museum of Man, located within Balboa park charges admission. I would call it more of a learning center. it has very few original items. Most are plaster or fiberglass. It would be great for school tours etc. If you are wanting to see original items this is not the place. Most buildings in Balboa park have separate admission fees.

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

Visited the Museum of Man for a Mayan exhibit they advertised. And also a torture chamber exhibit. The Mayan exhibit was very interesting with lots of history and artifacts. Definitely recommend. The torture exhibit across the way was truly horrific. The display of torture instruments, and their intended uses was chilling to say the least. Worth a look if you... More 

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Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

The tower is now open and you can take the tour for an additional $10. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and the views were absolutely beautiful!

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

You can now climb the tower for an extra ($10) fee. You need a reservation, and it is over 100 steps (broken into 25 or so at a time). The view is outstanding.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

The museum has several permanent displays, including one on the known evolution of humans. One of the current 'temporary' displays reviews monsters or mysterious creatures from different cultures around the world. It is a nice way to show that many cultures have "monsters" and use them to teach children different lessons. Also, the "tower" is now open to paid tours.... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

We ha a great time walking through this museum. The architecture of the building is spectacular. The exhibits had something for all ages. We saw the special exhibit on Torture. It was truly disturbing, and I would not recommend for under 12.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

What a fantastic piece of architecture in San Diego! When you walk into the rotunda its just like WOW. There was an interesting exhibit on Torture which was engaging and slightly scary. They have a great collection especially the Indian material and the Beer exhibit is fun. Would put this on my SD list of things to do.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

I had an assignment for my Chicano studies class last semester. Totally killed it after a visit to the museum for the Mayan exhibit. there are many other traveling exhibits that roll through there. One of my other faves was the Instruments of Torture! Sooo cool but graphic. I think there may be an age limit for admission to that... More 

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