San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum The Nat is a flagship institution in Balboa Park featuring the natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California.
(1799)

Our Mission: To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The Nat has five floors of exhibitions, a giant-screen theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum. Through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, numerous educational programs, and the opportunity to see scientists at work, the Museum fosters in visitors of all ages a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment. For current exhibitions:
http://www.sdnat.org/currentexhibitions

For hours and admission prices:
http://www.sdnat.org/visit/admission/

For 3D theater schedule:
http://www.sdnat.org/giantscreentheater

For membership information:
http://www.sdnat.org/membership

Host a private event at the Museum:
https://www.sdnat.org/plan-an-event/

Operating as usual

04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay! Now a question for everyone...

What does Earth Day mean to you? How do you take part?

04/22/2021
Nature & Me Storytime: Thank You Earth

A special, #EarthDay edition of storytime! Settle in cozily for a reading of the acclaimed Thank You Earth: A Love Letter To Our Planet by author and photographer April Pulley Sayre.

Our Trail of the Month is The Way Up Trail at Elfin Forest Reserve. This trail has got it all: wildflowers, chaparral, o...
04/21/2021

Our Trail of the Month is The Way Up Trail at Elfin Forest Reserve. This trail has got it all: wildflowers, chaparral, oak-lined creeks, and views for miles. Aptly named, The Way Up might have your calves burning, but we think it's totally worth it.

The Canyoneers Program is made possible with support from dedicated volunteers and proud partner Subaru of America, Inc.

For more hike details, you can visit sdnat.org/canyoneers or sign up for our outdoors newsletter. That's one way to celebrate #EarthDay.

Our Trail of the Month is The Way Up Trail at Elfin Forest Reserve. This trail has got it all: wildflowers, chaparral, oak-lined creeks, and views for miles. Aptly named, The Way Up might have your calves burning, but we think it's totally worth it.

The Canyoneers Program is made possible with support from dedicated volunteers and proud partner Subaru of America, Inc.

For more hike details, you can visit sdnat.org/canyoneers or sign up for our outdoors newsletter. That's one way to celebrate #EarthDay.

City Nature Challenge 2021 returns April 30-May 3! So polish off your lenses and brush up on those iNaturalist skills. I...
04/19/2021

City Nature Challenge 2021 returns April 30-May 3! So polish off your lenses and brush up on those iNaturalist skills. It's time to show off the biodiversity of San Diego County to the world! And help scientists along the way.

Here are a few favorite images from last year!

It's Community Science Day (aka Citizen Science Day)! 🌿📸 A group of community scientists founded The Nat over 146 years ...
04/16/2021
Community Science

It's Community Science Day (aka Citizen Science Day)! 🌿📸 A group of community scientists founded The Nat over 146 years ago. Today, we continue to count on the contributions of nature lovers like all of you. Thank you!

Want to be a part of the movement? Head out this weekend and help us document bumblebees, birds of prey, or participate in #BorderBioBlitz.

Want to explore the natural world and simultaneously contribute to science? Then join the global community science movement.

In case you missed our T.rex news yesterday, you can now read it in The New York Times! The Nat's own Paleontology Postd...
04/16/2021
How Many Tyrannosaurus Rexes Ever Lived on Earth? Here’s a New Clue.

In case you missed our T.rex news yesterday, you can now read it in The New York Times! The Nat's own Paleontology Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Ashley Poust is one of the authors of this new paper.

More. Dinosaurs. 🦖

An estimation of the iconic predator’s total population can teach us things about dinosaurs that fossils cannot.

🦖 SCIENCE NEWS 🦖 How many Tyrannosaurus rex ever lived? About 2.5 billion. A new study published today in the journal Sc...
04/15/2021
How many Tyrannosaurus rex walked the ancient world? About 2.5 billion.

🦖 SCIENCE NEWS 🦖 How many Tyrannosaurus rex ever lived? About 2.5 billion.

A new study published today in the journal Science adds to our understanding of this dinosaur’s life and its time on earth using a newly developed method. Authors of the study include The Nat’s own Paleontology Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Ashley Poust.

Scientists used the fossil record of T. rex and the principles of population ecology to estimate dinosaur demographics and the chances of finding an extinct animal in the fossil record.

🌿 Now announcing STEM Apprenticeships! 🦎 This paid, part-time opportunity is for high school seniors and undergraduate s...
04/15/2021
Employment Opportunities

🌿 Now announcing STEM Apprenticeships! 🦎 This paid, part-time opportunity is for high school seniors and undergraduate students and provides training and mentoring designed to prepare them for continued advancement in biological sciences.

A special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting students in San Diego County who are members of groups underrepresented in STEM careers. For more information on this and other openings, check out our employment page.

Interested in becoming a member of our team? From field research to in-museum work, you can view our current needs here.

This #MothMonday is an invasive species. Be on the lookout for the Light Brown Apple Moth a.k.a. Epiphyas postvittana (F...
04/12/2021

This #MothMonday is an invasive species. Be on the lookout for the Light Brown Apple Moth a.k.a. Epiphyas postvittana (Family Tortricidae). This unassuming little pest is native to Australia, but was first detected in California in 2007 and in 2010 it was confirmed that it has moved into San Diego County. It’s currently under quarantine, meaning it cannot be moved outside the region. For example, agricultural products that move within or across quarantined areas have active monitoring protocols in place and would require certain authorizations.

It's hard to believe that such a small moth could be a big problem, but with thousands of types of plants on the menu for the leaf rolling caterpillar stage, the potential impact on agriculture is significant and deserves our keen eyes.

For more about this invasive moth, visit https://cisr.ucr.edu/invasive-species/light-brown-apple-moth

04/10/2021
Release the Tadpoles

RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Uh...tadpoles. We mean tadpoles. 🐸

For those following the return of the Calfornia red-legged frog, we released the last of the remaining tadpoles for 2021. Our partners at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) captured this video and were happy to report "the tadpoles look great, robust, and healthy and were actively swimming."

Want to learn more about how we're helping bring California's State Amphibian back to southern California? Here's the story: https://bit.ly/ReturnoftheFrogs

How's that for #EarthMonth?

04/09/2021
Lunch Pop-Up: The State of Border Biodiversity

The 2021 Border BioBlitz is a community science effort to record as many species as possible along the U.S.-Mexico border during the month of April. Join members of the project as they share updates and teach us how to participate.

04/08/2021
Nature & Me Storytime: Outside Art

Curious woodland animals attempt to learn what that human is doing, exploring and making art. Join us for a reading of Outside Art written and illustrated by Madeline Kloepper. #EarthMonth

We'll see you again Friday. And a huge THANK YOU to all our operations teams! It was a great reopening week with amazing...
04/06/2021

We'll see you again Friday. And a huge THANK YOU to all our operations teams!

It was a great reopening week with amazing folks from maintenance, security, IT, and, of course, the fabulous visitor services squad there to make your welcome back wonderful.

Reminder: The Nat's new hours are 10 AM - 4 PM, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

📸: Lauren Matley

We'll see you again Friday. And a huge THANK YOU to all our operations teams!

It was a great reopening week with amazing folks from maintenance, security, IT, and, of course, the fabulous visitor services squad there to make your welcome back wonderful.

Reminder: The Nat's new hours are 10 AM - 4 PM, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

📸: Lauren Matley

Driving at night? Be on the lookout! 🦎👀 Springtime means several reptiles are out with warming weather. Some are nocturn...
04/06/2021

Driving at night? Be on the lookout! 🦎👀 Springtime means several reptiles are out with warming weather. Some are nocturnal, some are looking for a mate, and many are just attracted to the heat-retaining pavement at night. So, if you're driving around late—especially through backroads—be aware and drive carefully to avoid squishing these (sometimes very small) creatures. #EarthMonth

You can learn more about these reptiles through our Amphibian and Reptile Atlas of Peninsular California http://herpatlas.sdnhm.org/ and learn more about spring phenomena in our region at https://bit.ly/SpringInSoCal

📸: Erick Toussaint

Welcome home, nature nerds. 💚 We have officially reopened. Thanks for your patience at the door and for closely followin...
04/02/2021

Welcome home, nature nerds. 💚

We have officially reopened. Thanks for your patience at the door and for closely following all our safety guidelines. Plan ahead at sdnat.org/visit

Planning to visit tomorrow? 🦖🐾 Or in the near future? Be sure to check out sdnat.org/reopening any time to help plan you...
04/01/2021
Reopening

Planning to visit tomorrow? 🦖🐾 Or in the near future? Be sure to check out sdnat.org/reopening any time to help plan your next visit.

Nature lovers, we plan to reopen The Nat to the public. Check here for more information as we finalize our operations for welcoming you back to your Balboa Park home.

It's almost time! 🦖 We've been busy getting ready to reopen The Nat this Friday, April 2. Here are a few things you need...
03/31/2021

It's almost time! 🦖 We've been busy getting ready to reopen The Nat this Friday, April 2.

Here are a few things you need to know to make sure it's a smooth "welcome back home" for all nature-nerds. You can also visit sdnat.org/reopening any time for more information.

We need time and data to figure what is happening to biodiversity at our border. This is where you, the Border BioBlitz ...
03/31/2021
Biodiversity at the Borderlands and the Great Border BioBlitz

We need time and data to figure what is happening to biodiversity at our border. This is where you, the Border BioBlitz 2021, and researchers like Dr. Sula Vanderplank come in.

Find out more in our latest story.

Construction of the border wall has impacted species in the region—but what kind of impact? We need time and data to figure it out. That’s where the Border BioBlitz and researchers like Dr. Sula Vanderplank come in.

What's the buzz? 🐝 This talk hosted by our friends at Cabrillo National Monument. Check it out! Registration: https://bi...
03/30/2021

What's the buzz? 🐝 This talk hosted by our friends at Cabrillo National Monument. Check it out!

Registration: https://bit.ly/2QqLZiZ

San Diego is abuzz … with bees! Around 600+ species of them, in fact 😮

Many plants need pollinators to create the next generation of baby plants, and bees are the chief pollinators for most of San Diego’s plant species. Pollinatorpalooza continues with special guest Dr. James Hung - ecologist and local bee-expert - in our next free virtual talk in the Naturally Speaking series: “Diversity, natural history, and conservation of San Diego’s native bees”. Come learn about how the region’s diverse native bees live their lives (hint: not very much like the familiar honey bee!), the threats they are facing in this increasingly human-dominated world, and what YOU can do to help ecologists and conservation biologists protect the future of these beautiful and critically important members of our biological community.

🐝When: Monday, April 12th 6:30 PM Pacific time – 7:30 PM Pacific time
🌻Where: Zoom, sent before the event
🐝Who: Dr. James Hung – ecologist and bee-expert
🌻Audience: All are welcome!
🐝Registration: https://bit.ly/2QqLZiZ
🌻Cost: FREE!

Reservations for this live-captioned event are limited, so don’t delay – reserve your spot today. We look forward to finding out what all the buzz is about!

What is your favorite bee? (SW)

NPS/A. Rosales; Image courtesy of J. Hung

Image description: A smiling man wearing a green shirt, brimmed hat, and glasses stands in a lush green field dotted with yellow flowers. This image is overlaid over a close-up view of a bright yellow, many-petaled flower. A banner at the top reads “Naturally Speaking: Diversity, natural history, and conservation of San Diego’s native bees”.

Cabrillo National Monument Foundation #ExploreNature #Pollinators #Plants #Bees #Pollinatorpalooza #Nature #Wildlife #SciComm #ScienceCommunication #STEM #NPS #CabrilloNationalMonument #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #BioBlitz #iNaturalist #CommunityScience #CitizenScience San Diego Natural History Museum

For #MothMonday, we're a little green with envy at this beautiful California emerald moth (Nemoria leptalea)️. 💚 Like ot...
03/29/2021

For #MothMonday, we're a little green with envy at this beautiful California emerald moth (Nemoria leptalea)️. 💚 Like other emerald moths, this native to California and Baja California Peninsula boasts a distinctive, striking green wing, tinged only by a few faint white lines. It's a beautiful spring shade, isn't it?

Our Entomology Department is digitizing 150,000 specimens of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) from our region. Learn more about the LepNet project and why it matters at sdnat.org/lepnet-project.

For #MothMonday, we're a little green with envy at this beautiful California emerald moth (Nemoria leptalea)️. 💚 Like other emerald moths, this native to California and Baja California Peninsula boasts a distinctive, striking green wing, tinged only by a few faint white lines. It's a beautiful spring shade, isn't it?

Our Entomology Department is digitizing 150,000 specimens of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) from our region. Learn more about the LepNet project and why it matters at sdnat.org/lepnet-project.

The Living Lab is getting ready to welcome you back on April 2! ✨😍This quick photo of the alligator lizard came from Ani...
03/27/2021

The Living Lab is getting ready to welcome you back on April 2! ✨😍

This quick photo of the alligator lizard came from Animal Care & Engagement Associate Stacey Vielma. Lizards, like snakes, shed their skin to allow for growth. Alligator lizards have a one-piece shedding process. This shedding process is like when we take off our socks–the old skin gets turned inside out as the animal crawls out of it. Some lizards only shed in patches, and others even eat the old skin as it comes off! The end result is always the same though: a beautifully shiny, growing animal.

We're reopening in one week! 🦖🐾You know we love to research, so visit sdnat.org/reopening to plan ahead and help us make...
03/26/2021

We're reopening in one week! 🦖🐾You know we love to research, so visit sdnat.org/reopening to plan ahead and help us make this a safe and celebratory reopening.

We're reopening in one week! 🦖🐾You know we love to research, so visit sdnat.org/reopening to plan ahead and help us make this a safe and celebratory reopening.

03/25/2021
Nature & Me Storytime: Bear Came Along

This week's storytime is about more than a river adventure. It's about friendship, community, and fun in the outdoors. Bear Came Along is written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Get ready! 📸 ¡Preparense!The 2021 Border BioBlitz is a community science effort to record as many species as possible al...
03/24/2021
San Diego Natural History Museum

Get ready! 📸 ¡Preparense!

The 2021 Border BioBlitz is a community science effort to record as many species as possible along the U.S.-Mexico border throughout April. Stay tuned for more on how you can get involved. Or click the links here.

El BioBlitz de la Frontera es un esfuerzo de ciencia comunitaria que tiene como propósito registrar el mayor número posible de especies a lo largo de la frontera México-EE.UU. Se llevará a cabo durante todo el mes de abril. Estén atentos para obtener más información o hagan clic aquí.

03/19/2021
Climate Stories: Pollinators

Pollinators are some of the most important animals on the planet. Learn how climate change might affect them.

This should put a SPRING in your step! (Get it? We’re so funny.) 🥾 Our Canyoneers return with their recommended top 10 s...
03/19/2021
Ten Great Hikes for Spring

This should put a SPRING in your step! (Get it? We’re so funny.) 🥾 Our Canyoneers return with their recommended top 10 spring hikes. 🥰 Enjoy, and let us know which of these trails you love.

Serving San Diego with hiking expertise for 47 years, the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers program is made possible with support from dedicated volunteers and proud partners Subaru of America, Inc.

Colors bloom and wildlife sings for spring across San Diego County. Our Canyoneers recommend their favorite trails for this warming season, when there are plenty of opportunities to stop and smell the wildflowers.

🌎 NAT NEWS 🌎 We're excited to announce that we're reopening The Nat to the public on Friday, April 2.Stay tuned as we fi...
03/18/2021

🌎 NAT NEWS 🌎 We're excited to announce that we're reopening The Nat to the public on Friday, April 2.

Stay tuned as we finalize our operations for welcoming you safely back to your Balboa Park home. You can also sign up for our Nat Newsletter for more information—coming soon. https://bit.ly/TheNatNews_Subscribe

🌎 NAT NEWS 🌎 We're excited to announce that we're reopening The Nat to the public on Friday, April 2.

Stay tuned as we finalize our operations for welcoming you safely back to your Balboa Park home. You can also sign up for our Nat Newsletter for more information—coming soon. https://bit.ly/TheNatNews_Subscribe

Registration is now LIVE for The State of Biodiversity Symposium 2021!  What's the condition of our region's biodiversit...
03/16/2021
The State of Biodiversity

Registration is now LIVE for The State of Biodiversity Symposium 2021!

What's the condition of our region's biodiversity? What work is being done about it? Explore the challenges and find hope in stories about conservation.

From binational projects to a year of pandemic-era science, these free conversations with scientists, land managers, and nature lovers take place across four Thursdays in April.

Learn more and RSVP at sdnat.org/stateofbiodiversity

Thinking about the state of our region’s biodiversity can leave a person feeling pretty grim. But with climate change and the environment back on the national agenda, we’re planning this year’s State of Biodiversity Symposium with a renewed optimism. Join us to explore not only the challenges ...

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1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Bus: The Museum is on the #7 bus line, which runs very frequently between downtown San Diego (along Broadway for most of the downtown portion of the route), east San Diego, and La Mesa (along University for most of eastern portion). Trolley: Take any trolley into downtown San Diego. Get off at the City College stop (Park Blvd. and C St.). Transfer to the outbound #7 bus just around the corner at 11th Ave. and C St.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(619) 232-3821

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Our mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The Nat has four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum. Through its research collection, exhibitions, films, and programs, the Museum fosters in visitors of all ages a lifelong love of nature and the environment. Current Exhibitions: http://www.sdnat.org/currentexhibitions

Events Calendar: https://www.sdnat.org/calendar/ Hours and Admission: http://www.sdnat.org/visit/admission/ Theater Schedule: http://www.sdnat.org/giantscreentheater Membership: http://www.sdnat.org/membership Private Events: http://epubs.hawthornpublications.com/sandiegonaturalhistorymuseum/


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