San Diego Natural History Museum
Mission Statement

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.

General Information

The San Diego Natural History Museum collects and preserves scientific specimens for research and as a continuous record of the changing world for future generations. It serves as a center for the scientific study of biological diversity and evolution. The museum provides dynamic leadership in natural history and environmental education through exhibits, publications, and educational programs. We are a binational museum, offering environmental education programs in the Baja California Peninsula since 1995.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112-1390


Phone: 619.232.3821
Web Site:

Hallie Shere

Programs and Services

Education - Environmental, Education - Outdoor, Education - Schools or School Based, Education - Other

Nature and Me Story time: Calling all budding naturalists! Come enjoy an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibitions. Story time is held every second Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM. It is FREE with Museum admission and open to all ages with a parent. (Recommended for ages 1-5 with an adult) Nature and Me Story time themes include: Birds; "Behind the Scenes" Go behind the scenes at the Nature to you Loan Program; Insects; Penguins & Polar Bears; and Tidepools.

Ms. Frizzle: As far as scientists go, Ms. Frizzle is one of the busiest! She is often spotted running imagination-powered field trips in San Diego County libraries, conducting experiments in the Museum's summer camps, and testing theories every Sunday at the Museum. The conclusion drawn from all this hard, scientific research: kids love science almost as much as Ms. Frizzle loves kids! You can see Ms. Frizzle Sundays in the Museum at 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM! Can't make it to us? No problem, Ms. Frizzle loves taking her Magic School Bus on the road; call 619.255.0210 for more information.

Family Days: With each new exhibition that travels to the Museum, the Education Department plans at least one Family Day that celebrates and promotes that exhibition with family-focused activities. It's an opportunity for families and young children to spend the day together and learn about natural history through play and exploration. Children get a chance to make crafts, play games, and see special performances.

Summer Camp: Where can you dig for dinosaurs, touch cold-blooded critters, study insects like an entomologist, and uncover animal mysteries like a detective? At the San Diego Natural History Museum's summer camps! The Education Department has been working hard on Summer Camp 2011 since last year's camps ended! Camp registration is available online starting March 1:

Pre-K, Grade K-3, Grade 4-6, Grade 7-8, High School, College, Adult, All Ages

The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in California, third west of the Mississippi. The museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.