Fossil Mysteries

June 02, 2008 through June 02, 2020

From dinosaurs to mastodons, discover the rich fossil history of our region by visiting Fossil Mysteries at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT). In this major exhibition, created by the ...

Coast to Cactus in Southern California

January 17, 2015 through January 31, 2019

What’s a grizzly bear doing on the beach? We’re glad you asked.

It’s one of the first things you’ll see when you visit the new exhibition at theNAT: Coast to Cactus in Southern California. ...


August 06, 2016 through March 12, 2017

The first major retrospective devoted to Gronborg, this exhibition will present a full picture of this Danish-born American artist's creative life over fifty-five years. Guest-curated by Dave Hamp ...

Venetian Views

August 18, 2016 through May 20, 2017

Venetian Views looks at Venice, the oft-flooded city of canals that has captivated artists and writers for centuries. Shakespeare, Lord Byron, J. M. W. Turner, and John Singer Sargent, among other ...

Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science

August 20, 2016 through August 20, 2020

On August 20, the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) will unveil a new, permanent exhibition titled Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science in the new Eleanor ...

LAYERS OF BRILLIANCE – The Journey of Japanese Lacquer Tools

October 29, 2016 through April 30, 2017

The tools of Japanese lacquer makers are implements of prolonged use and objects of remarkable beauty. These humble, functional boards, bowls, buckets, shelves and drawers were used to produce lac ...

TOOLS & UTENSILS – The Beauty of Objects from the World’s Kitchens and Workshops

October 29, 2016 through April 30, 2017

Tools and utensils have extended our arms, hands and feet since the beginning of time. Devices used in the workshop and home continue to occupy imaginative designers in an ongoing quest to improve ...

Expedition at Sea: Sally Ride

November 18, 2016 through May 31, 2017

Expedition at Sea: Sally Ride Gallery, the newest exhibit at Birch Aquarium, was created to welcome R/V Sally Ride into the research fleet at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Combining science, ...


November 19, 2016 through June 25, 2017

This exhibition is dedicated to nearly three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum’s collection, with many artworks on view for the very first time. Colorful quilts, whimsi ...

In the News: The News in San Diego and San Diego in the News

December 01, 2016 through March 31, 2017

The exhibition features a variety of newspapers from the Museum’s collection. The papers span from a facsimile of the first newspaper published in San Diego in 1851 to papers from the 1920s. The ...

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