San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum is here for nature. Explore the natural history of Southern California and Baja California!
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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 collect

ion, 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 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/

🐦🤳 Felt cute, might delete later.  Happy  !📷: Dominic on iNaturalist
01/05/2024

🐦🤳 Felt cute, might delete later.

Happy !

📷: Dominic on iNaturalist

Nature and The Nat. We go back a long way together. 150 years to be exact.   2024 is our biggest year yet—and we are cel...
01/02/2024

Nature and The Nat. We go back a long way together. 150 years to be exact.
2024 is our biggest year yet—and we are celebrating all year!

We have some programs and special offers debuting this month, but we promise the party will last all year.

Here's just a peek at what's in store. ⬇️

🎉 Free Birthday Admission: Visitors can receive free Museum admission on one date of their choice during their birthday month.
👕 Merch-a-Month: Monthly limited-edition nature-centric product releases in our store.
🏛️ 150th Anniversary Exhibit: A new exhibition opening Memorial Day weekend showcasing important moments in our and San Diego's history.
🌼 Nature Garden: A new, native plant garden will bloom to life outside the Museum steps in early summer.
🎥 A new giant screen film: Debuting later this year, a brand-new, 40-minute movie will showcase a year in the life of San Diego's spectacular flora and fauna.

Learn more about how to celebrate our 150th anniversary with us here: https://bit.ly/3tE9l8z

Shrooms and sharks—that's exactly what you would expect when you come to a  , right? 😉    On December 22, two new films ...
12/15/2023

Shrooms and sharks—that's exactly what you would expect when you come to a , right? 😉

On December 22, two new films open in the Subaru of America, Inc. Giant Screen Experience.

🍄 Fungi: The Web of Life digs into the mysterious world of the forest floor, where are key in nature's story of birth, death, and rebirth. Join scientists on a quest to find an incredibly precious blue mushroom, see the grandest and strangest organisms ever discovered, and learn the important lessons fungi teach us about survival through cooperation.

🦈 Shark Kingdom takes you on a thrilling adventure as you dive into the ocean's depths to learn about sharks' super senses, allowing them to be vital players in the ecosystem.

The Subaru Giant Screen Experience is included with paid admission and free for members.

⬇️ Tag your movie buddy in the comments, and we'll see you soon! https://bit.ly/44keW1s

In the 1960s, Helen Witham Chamlee had had enough.   🌄   in   was headed toward development, and she decided that if no ...
12/08/2023

In the 1960s, Helen Witham Chamlee had had enough.

🌄 in was headed toward development, and she decided that if no one else was going to stop it, she would. She went to civic hearings and council meetings to advocate for the canyon’s protection, and in 1970, the city finally protected the canyon.

🥾 Not only do we now have a beautiful natural area in the heart of the city, but her legacy lives on in our hiking group, which leads free public hikes throughout town.

📅 See this season’s hiking calendar here: https://bit.ly/468LBXp

2024 is going to be the biggest year in our history!📰 Check out this The San Diego Union-Tribune article to see what’s i...
11/30/2023

2024 is going to be the biggest year in our history!

📰 Check out this The San Diego Union-Tribune article to see what’s in store, and how you can participate. https://bit.ly/3GmgwF5

📷: Alejandro Tamayo/The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gift a membership to the nature nerd in your life—it's the gift that lasts all year long! Members to The Nat receive:  🏛...
11/29/2023

Gift a membership to the nature nerd in your life—it's the gift that lasts all year long! Members to The Nat receive:

🏛️ Free general admission
🎟️ Digital guest passes
💲 Discounts on ticketed events and online store
💌 Invitations to special member-exclusive events

Not only will you be on the nice list when you give a membership, your gift helps us do important conservation work to protect and preserve this amazing place we call home. 🎁 https://bit.ly/46A5eYD

🎁 Hey friends! Doing all your   this weekend? Don’t forget to swing by on   and pick up gifts for the nature nerds in yo...
11/21/2023

🎁 Hey friends! Doing all your this weekend? Don’t forget to swing by on and pick up gifts for the nature nerds in your life.

We don’t mean to bug—we just wanted to remind you that we will be closed on 11/23 and will resume regular hours on 11/24...
11/19/2023

We don’t mean to bug—we just wanted to remind you that we will be closed on 11/23 and will resume regular hours on 11/24, just in time for you to walk off that food coma. 😉

We can’t be-leaf it, but the last   of the year is this Friday! So, if you’ve been stalling on having the best night eve...
11/14/2023

We can’t be-leaf it, but the last of the year is this Friday!

So, if you’ve been stalling on having the best night ever or want to soak up the rooftop views once more this year, be sure to swing by between 5-10 PM on .

This view. 😍 This photo of the five peaks of   Regional Park from the Elliott Chaparral Reserve was taken by one of our ...
11/12/2023

This view. 😍

This photo of the five peaks of Regional Park from the Elliott Chaparral Reserve was taken by one of our Canyoneers, Jon Graehl.

Head on over to our website to see where our Canyoneers are hiking next and join them for a free guided hike! https://bit.ly/468LBXp

It’s time to dig into all things  . 🌱🌼  Join us on 11/8 and learn from   designer, author, botanist, and award-winning T...
10/26/2023

It’s time to dig into all things . 🌱🌼

Join us on 11/8 and learn from designer, author, botanist, and award-winning TV show host Nan Sterman, as she shares with us how and why native plants make your garden more climate-appropriate and sustainable and share timely tips and insights for success.

The begins at 7 PM, but come hangout at 6 PM to chat with partner organizations, who will be sharing information about plating native and even giving away native seeds to kickstart your own garden!

Let us know in the comments below what you want to learn about planting native! We can’t wait to see y’all there. https://bit.ly/3kUEuAk

Everyone likes free stuff—especially when it’s free admission to your favorite  . 😉    ends in one week, be sure to stop...
10/24/2023

Everyone likes free stuff—especially when it’s free admission to your favorite . 😉

ends in one week, be sure to stop by and explore the before the month ends! https://bit.ly/3EY8D8f

10/23/2023

Our bat biologist, Drew Stokes, has been partnering with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to document and create best practices around our native bats, which includes the building and installation of bat boxes at the park while bats are relocated from unfavorable roosting areas. With our help, the park has observed and identified a total of 12 species on the grounds.

Bats are keystone species in ecosystems around the world, pollinating plants like cactus and agave, and controlling insects like mosquitos. There are lots of reasons to love native bats!

You did it—you made it to  ! 👏 Pat yourself on the back, head on over to Nat at Night, and take in the beautiful views o...
10/20/2023

You did it—you made it to ! 👏

Pat yourself on the back, head on over to Nat at Night, and take in the beautiful views of .

Treat yourself to some great and delicious food from Wolf in the Woods and get in touch with your inner artist with Sketchparty.

See y’all soon!

🌄 Looking for some new trails to explore this season? Check these out. ⬇️  • Batiquitos Lagoon | This 3-mile hike is gre...
10/20/2023

🌄 Looking for some new trails to explore this season? Check these out. ⬇️

• Batiquitos Lagoon | This 3-mile hike is great for kids and wheelchair accessible. It hugs the shoreline on the north side of the lagoon, and at low tide offers good views of mudflats where you can spot foraging birds.
• State Reserve Extension | Enjoy spectacular sights of the rare and endangered Torrey Pine in their native habitat.
• Santa Ysabel East—Coast to Crest Trail | One of San Diego County's best-kept secrets. Explore more than 11 miles of hiking trails encompassing oak woodlands, riparian, chaparral, and grassland habitats.
• South Fortuna Mountain, | At the city's largest regional park, the top of South Fortuna Mountain has sweeping views of all major peaks in Mission Trails.
• Mast Park | This easy stroll is under trees and along waterways, following the River throughout the community of Santee—a perfect space to forget about the busy city life.

Learn more about these hikes and more here: https://bit.ly/3rXkTmr

📷: Alan King | Batiquitos Lagoon

Anyone else getting   vibes?  These stunning images are from our   Wings Over Water and are definitely not shots from Pr...
10/15/2023

Anyone else getting vibes?

These stunning images are from our Wings Over Water and are definitely not shots from Pride Rock. 😉

Come see our latest film and immerse yourself in the homes of all kinds of animals who call the North American their home.

This film is only on view for two more months. See it in our Subaru Giant Screen Experience before it flies away.

Every day is Fossil Day at  , but tomorrow, on  , everyone else gets almost as excited about dead things as we do!   Joi...
10/10/2023

Every day is Fossil Day at , but tomorrow, on , everyone else gets almost as excited about dead things as we do!

Join us from 10 AM–1 PM this Wednesday to hang out with our Paleo team in front of our demo lab. They will have activities for all ages, including fossil-related crafts and fossil prep. Word on the street is that you might get the opportunity to help prep a 15 million-year-old camel. 🐫🤯

Remember, it’s , so Kids Go Free with paid adults!

In the 1920’s, our very first Director of  , Carroll DeWilton Scott, wanted to find a way to share his knowledge—and spe...
10/05/2023

In the 1920’s, our very first Director of , Carroll DeWilton Scott, wanted to find a way to share his knowledge—and specimens—to anyone, anywhere! 🦋

📚 So, he created traveling “Nature Cabinets” that could be loaned to schools and used as educational tools. The best part is... this amazing idea still lives on today as our to You Loan .

Anyone can visit the to check out taxidermized and kits! Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3RoKSgY

🐈🐾We have a pretty paw-some   on October 17 at 7 PM!  Join us and certified cat behavior consultant Dr. Mikel Delgado as...
10/04/2023

🐈🐾We have a pretty paw-some on October 17 at 7 PM!

Join us and certified cat behavior consultant Dr. Mikel Delgado as she shares the scientific knowns and unknowns about cat play and how to keep your family members mentally and physically healthy with indoor playtime.

This Nat Talk is puurfect for all the feline fans out there, RSVP now: https://bit.ly/3kUEuAk

Tickets are $9 for members, $12 for non-members.

In October, kids rule the city! 🧒👏   is back starting today, for the whole month of  .  Here at  , up to two children (a...
10/01/2023

In October, kids rule the city! 🧒👏

is back starting today, for the whole month of .

Here at , up to two children (ages 12 and under) get in free with one full-price paid adult.

Films aren’t included in this offer but can be added for just $5 per person.

So, what are you waiting for? Round up the family and come on over!
🎟 https://bit.ly/3EY8D8f

📷: Stacy Keck

Our annual 21+ event is creeping back into town, and this year, we’re stepping into the eerie shadows of Old Hollywood H...
09/29/2023

Our annual 21+ event is creeping back into town, and this year, we’re stepping into the eerie shadows of Old Hollywood Horror.

Mark your calendar for October 13, 7 PM and get ready to have a hauntingly good time.

🎶 Swing to the tunes of The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra
🧛‍♀️ Dress in your most hauntingly glamorous costumes for a chance to win the costume contest
📸 Strike your best spooky pose in the photo booth
🌱 Take home your very own carnivorous plant from the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society
🦴️ Have a bone-chilling good time looking for fossils with our Paleo team
🌊 Dive into the abyss of the deep sea with Scripps Institution
🍻 Sink your fangs into delectable bites and local brews from your favorite restaurants and breweries including Wolf in the Woods, White Rice Bodega, Burning Beard Brewing, and more

And that's just the beginning! Stay tuned for more surprises as we get closer to the event. You won’t want to miss a single scream. 😉

Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members, and include access to all exhibitions and activities. 🎟 https://bit.ly/3KFGIgI

🕸️ Have you run face-first into a   recently? You can probably thank your friendly neighborhood   for that!  🕸️ It’s tha...
09/29/2023

🕸️ Have you run face-first into a recently? You can probably thank your friendly neighborhood for that! 🕸️

It’s that time of year when these large yellow or orange are reaching maturity and spinning their famously large webs. While a web to the face might be unnerving, these spiders are absolutely harmless. So, if you happen to walk by one of these massive webs soon, take a moment to thank the universe you didn’t walk into it and then spend some time admiring the intricate work! 🕷️

📷: ghazard on iNaturalist

One mammal’s skeleton is another man’s treasure—that's definitely how the saying goes! 😉  Construction crews have been b...
09/26/2023

One mammal’s skeleton is another man’s treasure—that's definitely how the saying goes! 😉

Construction crews have been busy boring into the rock of our basement to dig footings for a brand-new collections space. (Stay tuned for more about that!) Naturally, our monitored the work and found evidence of , clams, snails, and invertebrate burrows.

🦴 Check out this segment from Karlene Chavis at Channel 8 to hear about the discoveries beneath the and the importance of these fossils. https://bit.ly/48sHnw5

Hey nature nerds, we wanted to give you a heads up!  We will be closed on 9/20 for the annual San Diego Climate Summit h...
09/17/2023

Hey nature nerds, we wanted to give you a heads up!

We will be closed on 9/20 for the annual San Diego Climate Summit hosted by the Climate Science Alliance.

We will resume business as usual on 9/21. See you soon! 👋

📷: streetbeastphoto on Instagram

Say hello to our new Curator of  , Shahan Derkarabetian!Shahan joins us from   University's Museum of Comparative Zoolog...
09/13/2023

Say hello to our new Curator of , Shahan Derkarabetian!
Shahan joins us from University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. Originally from SoCal, Shahan specializes in genetic analyses, taxonomy, and the cutest little arachnids you've probably never heard of: , also known as harvestmen.

Here are a few highlights from his work:
🕷️ He's done some amazing ! (📷 2 and 3)
🕷️ He looks at the DNA of old museum specimens to understand animal relationships. (woah!)
🕷️ He's very active on iNaturalist, and has even published scientific papers with iNat community members. (Yaass!)
🕷️ When describing new species of , Shahan has given them pop-culture-inspired names, like Abaddon despoliator, to raise awareness among new audiences. (Any fans out there?)

We're so excited for the expertise and passion Shahan brings to our team!

You'll want to be at this powerful   on 9/20.   communities are at the forefront of transformational climate adaptation ...
09/10/2023

You'll want to be at this powerful on 9/20.

communities are at the forefront of transformational climate adaptation efforts and solutions and are often overlooked in climate discussions and the media.

Join us on 9/20 to hear from Indigenous filmmakers and culture bearers about the reclamation of fire stewardship practices, the protection of sacred waterways, and the leadership of Indigenous communities in local climate adaptation efforts.

During this Nat Talk, we will watch special previews of MAATHAAW: The Fire Within Us from Condor Visual Media and Respect Water (working title) from Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, with a panel of the Indigenous filmmakers and storytellers featured in their documentaries to follow.

This Nat Talk is in partnership with the .
Space is limited, RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3kUEuAk

📷: Condor Visual Media

When push comes to chevre, the goats gotta go. 🐐  The   just released a short podcast about The Nat's conservation work ...
09/08/2023

When push comes to chevre, the goats gotta go. 🐐
The just released a short podcast about The Nat's conservation work on Isla Guadalupe, a biological paradise-turned-wasteland-turned-recovery story some 250 miles off the coast of .
Listen to the BBC's 9-minute audio segment here: https://bbc.in/44LG7Bb
Watch their 2-minute video here: https://bit.ly/3LehpSY
And read the full story on our website: https://bit.ly/3qWmAjL

An island expedition helped save Guadalupe's wildlife from extinction...and goats

Happy  !"Biodiversity" is quite the buzzword. What's the big deal? 🤔  It helps to think of life on our planet as one big...
09/07/2023

Happy !
"Biodiversity" is quite the buzzword. What's the big deal? 🤔

It helps to think of life on our planet as one big piece of fabric, where each thread represents one species. 🧵

If the fabric is densely packed with millions of fine threads, the fabric will be strong and resistant to anything that pokes or pulls at it. Think of your sturdiest pair of denim jeans. If a few threads break, their neighbors might feel some strain, but the fabric remains durable and . 👖

This is what it's like to have high biodiversity. Each species contributes to the resilience of its ecosystem.

Now imagine your most ragged, threadbare pair of jeans. They have holes. Threads are pulling apart at the seams. The hold-out strands are hanging on, but a deep squat could ruin the pants entirely. 😬

An ecosystem that has lost its biodiversity is equally unstable and vulnerable to damage. Without the diverse that makes up our home planet, our collective denim jeans would be unable to support us. And there is no second pair—we must take care of what we've got. 🌎

The Nat is Here to study and celebrate one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. The Nat is . Let's defend our denim! ✊

PSA: Nat at Night is back to a monthly event! We repeat—Nat at Night is back to a monthly event! 📢 Hi. Yes. Sorry for ye...
09/05/2023

PSA: Nat at Night is back to a monthly event! We repeat—Nat at Night is back to a monthly event! 📢

Hi. Yes. Sorry for yelling, we just wanted to make sure you heard. 😁

Labor Day marks the honorary end of summer, which means returns to a monthly event (the third Friday of the month).

Mark your calendar for these dates:

∙ September 15, 2023
∙ October 20, 2023
∙ November 17, 2023
💤 In December and January, Nat at Night will go into hibernation. 💤
∙ February 16, 2024
∙ March 15, 2024
∙ April 19, 2024
∙ May 17, 2024

And fear not, on May 24,2024—Memorial Day Weekend—Nat at Night will return weekly!

08/28/2023

Check out our collaborative research happening now in Baja California! We're working with several partners in Mexico and the U.S. to study the coastal wetlands of our binational region, and a very special--but endangered--bird that calls them home: The Ridgway's rail.
Thanks to Joatam de Basabe for covering the story!

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1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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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/