Museums in North Park


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  • San Diego Natural History Museum
    The San Diego Natural History Museum has transported visitors into the past for almost eight decades. The recently opened Ends Of The Earth exhibit lets museum-goers watch explorers conquer terrain in the multimedia theater, put on a penguin suit and slide like the birds themselves, or challenge a live polar bear to an ice-eating contest. Illuminate history through the Fossil Mysteries exhibit's life-size models of ancient animals, such as dinosaurs and mastodons, as well as a fossil aquarium featuring actual whale bones on display. Dads and future dads looking to enjoy 3-D movies without braving the multiplex's gangs of candy-craving teens can use the included tickets to catch The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, starring champion surfer Kelly Slater, or Turtle Reef 3D, from the award-winning producers behind museum mainstay Ocean Oasis.
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    1788 El Prado
    San Diego, CA US
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
    The historic fountain at the east end of Balboa Park’s El Prado pedestrian walk is a lure for visitors, thanks to its majestic and cooling spray. But a quick turn to the right is the entrance to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, another local draw. For the young, it’s a two story, interactive science playground. For the young at heart, there are sophisticated displays, rotating exhibits and the new, NanoSeam IMAX Dome Theater. Films splayed across the 76-foot wraparound screen plunge viewers into the depths of the sea and out into space, through jungles and between skyscrapers around the planet. Resident astronomers also create new shows monthly, using the latest SkyScan System software. The café near the entrance takes care of hungry visitors with a modest menu, a few tables indoors and patio seating in front of the fountain.
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    1875 El Prado
    San Diego, CA US
  • San Diego History Center
    Traversing San Diego?s storied past, from the land?s ancestral Kumeyaay Native American tribe to modern day, the San Diego History Center stuffs minds with knowledge and inspires appreciation for local lore. Admission grants access to more than 45 million paper artifacts and 2.5 million images found in the library, fine arts collections, exhibitions, and displays of historic fast-food receipts. With a family membership, a pair of historians and two guests gain full access to the renowned research library, as well as to the center itself and the Jun?pero Serra Museum in Presido Park. A complimentary subscription to the quarterly Journal of San Diego History keeps members abreast of pictorial essays, in-depth explorations of regional culture, and hilarious membership-ID-photo outtakes. Members-only invitations to exhibition previews and events fill calendars with endless social opportunities.
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    1649 El Prado
    San Diego, CA US
  • Timken Museum of Art
    What makes it great: an impressive collection of artwork from the Italian Renaissance; San Diego’s only Rembrandt; French tapestries dating back to the 1600s; regularly scheduled storytelling events for children
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    1500 El Prado
    San Diego, CA US
  • Balboa Park Club
    What makes it great: free guided tours courtesy of the Visitors Center, botanical gardens, and 15 museums on-site, plus a nearby bridge you can cross to see the famed Hotel Del Coronado where Some Like it Hot was filmed
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    1450 El Prado
    San Diego, CA US
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
    For fresh maki, San Diego's Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego has got you covered. No need to miss out on Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Take the kids along too — Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego diners who prefer their meals al fresco. Your pooch is also welcome at the restaurant. The dress code at Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you. You can also grab your food to go. Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego for a bargain rate, with most tabs there running well under $15 per person. Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
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    2215 Pan American Plaza
    San Diego, CA US

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