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Museum of Us

San Diego Museum of Us

History Museum and Historic and Protected Site
Balboa Park, San Diego
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    Melly B.
    "Check out the ancient beer tastings."(2 Tips)
    Cherie D.
    "... the sunflowers are blooming, and the botanical gardens are close by!"(2 Tips)
    "Tour of the tower is a must"(2 Tips)
    "... in 1915 for an exposition celebrating the completion of the Panama..."(10 Tips)
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    LAMPS PLUSAugust 17, 2011
    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.
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    Sara TaylorOctober 15, 2017
    Go up in the California tour! It’s about 40 minutes and you learn more about San Diego’s history with a stop on each floor.
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    TheDLSeptember 12, 2015
    Make a reservation for the CA Tower to get some neat SD history. The view isn't bad either!
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    Jennifer DaviesMarch 22, 2019
    The PostSecret exhibit is great. Catch it while you can!
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    Michael McMahonJuly 2, 2013
    Really good museum. Just note your not allowed take pics and do not bring children under 12 we saw a woman with a 6 year girl that was getting upset but I would really recommend this for adults
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    Jessica StevensFebruary 3, 2016
    Pretty kid friendly but lots of neat stuff for adults to see and be entertained also. Pretty cheap too.
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    Arthur MitchellAugust 9, 2012
    Located in the heart of Balboa Park, this museum features many fine exhibits on the Native Americans of Southern California.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 6, 2011
    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. Read more
  • Patricia L.
    Don't miss the Instruments of Torture Exhibit. Creepy, but very good and interesting.
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    CarmenNovember 13, 2015
    Many interactive exhibits, a lot of fun to try to be an archeologist
  • Cherie D.
    Cherie De SuesJuly 20, 2010
    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!
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    Jill H-WJune 7, 2013
    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.
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    Kristine POctober 30, 2016
    Interesting museum although the current cannibals exhibit was a little disappointing
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    MuddyAugust 24, 2014
    The torture devices are fascinating, if creepy
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    Museum of UsAugust 2, 2012
    Bring your camera - we allow photography in the majority of the museum!
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    Andrea HyattMay 24, 2013
    Go see instruments of torture. It is pretty fascinating.
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    Carla EnglandFebruary 10, 2015
    Spend a few hours. It's worth it.
  • Mary S.heart icon on user image
    Mary SAugust 27, 2015
    Pretty museum exterior.
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    Jill H-WJune 7, 2013
    While this building looks like an old church, it was built to be a museum.
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    Lori Ruiz AlbaughSeptember 8, 2018
    After seeing reviews I was excited to go, it’s not what I was expecting at all. If you’ve ever been to a museum, you’ve already seen this one. Finished this in about an hour. Don’t waste your money
  • Gerald G.
    Gerald GapusanAugust 18, 2010
    Free every 3rd Tuesday; great exhibit on Ancient Egypt (actual artifacts; not re-creations)
  • Erin G.
    Erin GJuly 12, 2013
    Summer hours: open until 5:30.
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    VickiJanuary 10, 2016
    Tour of the tower is a must
  • andreena s.
    andreena smallAugust 21, 2013
    Highly recommend
  • Tita G.
    Tita GeeNovember 5, 2010
    Special event.. A+++++ just went to a wedding there this past Saturday... Amazing!
  • Melly B.
    Melly BDecember 15, 2013
    Check out the ancient beer tastings. Yummo
  • Ryan S.heart icon on user image
    Ryan SiuJanuary 29, 2013
    Good spot to shoot.
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    Farouq AldilaijanAugust 28, 2016
    Know about your ancestors
  • Dory F.
    Dory FApril 24, 2013
    The roses in bloom
  • California Travel Tips - V.
    The shunken heads are freaky!
  • Homeless Bill
    Homeless BillJune 19, 2010
    I didn't see a single woman the entire time I was here.
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    MARIAH DUFLOTHMay 13, 2016
    Ótima seção de múmias.
  • Nika B.heart icon on user image
    Nika BlankSeptember 17, 2016
    На любителя
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