San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Museum of Man #balboapark

Visit the San Diego Museum of Man if you want to have a fun experience learning about ancient civilizations and modern day topics like torture, cultural groups and more. The building itself is one of the most famous buildings (and most photographed) in San Diego: the California Building in Balboa Park.


  • $12.50 Adults
  • $10 Seniors (62+), Military
  • $8 Students
  • $5 Children (3-12)
  • Free Children Under 3
  • 3rd Tuesday of the Month: Residents Free Tuesday. Free for San Diego City and County Residents and Active Military and their Dependents.

Instruments of Torture Exhibition Pricing:

  • $20 Adults
  • $17 Seniors (62+), Military
  • $15 Students
  • $12.50 Children 12 and Under
    (Children Under 13 Not Allowed Without An Adult)
    (Children are NOT Recommended for this exhibit)

Daily 10am-4:30pm





1350 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101

Detailed Description:

The San Diego Museum of Man is a great museum and a favorite among locals and visitors alike.  It’s housed in one of the original 1915 Panama-California Exposition buildings, the California Building, and its collections include over 400,000 artifacts.  The Museum focuses on archaeology, anthropology and history.  The Museum has many different permanent exhibits.  It includes Ancient Egypt (with mummies and other cool artifacts), Children’s Discovery Center (interactive exhibit allowing kids to learn anthologist roles in discovering ancient civilizations), Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years in Human Evolution (5 galleries of the history of humans along with interactive replicas of early humans), Kumeyaay: Native Californians (history in Southern California of old), and Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth (history in Central America with many artifacts).


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*Hours, prices, etc all subject to change. Check the location’s website to confirm.