San Diego Museum of Man

History Museum, Historic Site
1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2001
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm


  • The San Diego Museum of Man is punctuated by the California Tower, a stunning Spanish-Colonial structure completed in 1915 for an exposition celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal.
  • Don't miss the Instruments of Torture Exhibit. Creepy, but very good and interesting.
  • Did you know? Like the zoo, and other museums in Balboa Park, the Museum of Man began as The Story of Man through the Ages, an exhibit at San Diego's 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
  • I didn't see a single woman the entire time I was here.
  • Located in the heart of Balboa Park, this museum features many fine exhibits on the Native Americans of Southern California.
  • Bring your camera - we allow photography in the majority of the museum!
  • The shunken heads are freaky!
  • Free on Tuesdays and the museum has great dinosaur exhibits, bones and videos. Outside the sunflowers are blooming, and the botanical gardens are close by!
  • Check out the ancient beer tastings. Yummo
  • If you've been to the Smithsonians in DC or the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, then this will be a disappointment. However the Mayan hieroglyphs make it worth it.
  • Special event.. A+++++ just went to a wedding there this past Saturday... Amazing!
  • Free every 3rd Tuesday; great exhibit on Ancient Egypt (actual artifacts; not re-creations)
  • The PostSecret exhibit is great. Catch it while you can!
  • Go up in the California tour! Its about 40 minutes and you learn more about San Diegos history with a stop on each floor.
  • Interesting museum although the current cannibals exhibit was a little disappointing
  • Know about your ancestors
  • tima seo de mmias.
  • Pretty kid friendly but lots of neat stuff for adults to see and be entertained also. Pretty cheap too.
  • Tour of the tower is a must

Nearby places

1549 El Prado (Park Blvd)
1450 El Prado (in Balboa Park)