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Visit the San Diego Museum of Man

Located in scenic Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Man is the perfect visit to get to know the history of our species in a fun and educational way. The museum has a deep history, dating back to 1915, when the museum was founded, and traces the incredible history of man. This anthropological masterpiece, located in the historic California Quadrangle, is perfect for a day trip and is a must see if you are vacationing in the San Diego area.


The museum’s collections and permanent exhibits are a must see for anthropology fans. These exhibits focus on the pre-Columbian history of the western Americas, with materials drawn from Native American cultures of the South California and Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya.

The museum also holds one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the United States. This exhibit includes authenticated mummies, burial masks, figurines, and seven distinct painted wooden coffins. The most interesting part of this world renowned exhibit is the rare Ptolemic child’s coffin. Only six other similar coffins are known to exist in the world! The entire museum holds a total of more than one hundred thousand documented ethnographic items, more than thirty thousand books and journals, and twenty-five thousand photographic images in total.

Special Events

The museum also has periodic special events that happen throughout the year. One of the most exciting is the “Tower After Hours” event that is held three to five times each year. This event focuses on the heritage and culture of a particular cultural community in San Diego. These events are held in the rotunda and feature music, dance, food and other important cultural aspects that vary with each event. Also for all you film buffs, the Museum of Man is also the location that famous actor Chuck Norris filmed the iconic movie Top Dog.

The museum also periodically holds regular beer tastings featuring some of San Diego’s most prominent microbrewers and national craft breweries with its BEERology exhibit. This amazing exhibit showcases local San Diego beer and breweries along with national ones in an all-inclusive exhibit that shows the history of beer and its effect on cultural development. These special events are a must see!

Visiting the Museum of Man

If you would like more information on the Museum of Man or to see their special events calendar, please visit their website today. San Diego is full of fun activities and attractions, including the Museum of Man and many more! If you have any questions about the San Diego area, please feel free to call the specialists at 710 Beach Rentals!

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Visit the Museum of Man

Address: 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone(619) 239-2001

Photo By Captain-tucker – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10646812