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San Diego Natural History Museum

Museums, Science Centers & Zoos

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.  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. Our purpose is

  • To emphasize this unique and diverse region while maintaining a global perspective;
  • To collect and preserve scientific specimens for research and as a continuous record of the changing world for future generations;
  • To serve as a center for the scientific study of biological diversity and evolution;
  • To provide dynamic leadership in natural history and environmental education through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, striving to make this outreach relevant to all the people of the San Diego region;
  • To foster cooperative efforts in natural history research and education throughout our region.
Location Address
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 92101
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32.7320808, -117.1473395