In 1908, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley mounted an expedition to the San Jacinto Mountain region, pioneering the exploration of southern California’s biology. On the 100th Anniversary of this expedition, from 2008 to 2010, the San Diego Natural History Museum retraced its path to see how the area’s wildlife has changed over the last century. This blog details one of the key findings of the San Jacinto centennial resurvey, the Gray Vireo.
San Diego’s secret summer is post-Labor Day when the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) Canyoneers come out of hibernation to begin a new season of free nature walks. This season, nature enthusiasts can enjoy 73 free hikes from September 6 through June 28. Read more about the types of areas explored and what to expect on these fantastic nature walks.
As any local can attest, fires are a part of life here in San Diego. This year, the wildfires came four months earlier than usual and scorched more than 27,000 acres of land. Learn more about the life cycle of the chaparral, a ubiquitous California plant community that covers much of San Diego’s hillsides, and how it’s affected by wildfire.
Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the fascinating world of the pharaohs as told through the mummies of the past. Narrated by actor Christopher Lee and featuring top researchers, this 3D film unlocks some of the mysteries enshrouding the ancient royal mummies—how they were embalmed and where they were hidden—and recreates the dramatic story of their recovery. The film coincides with the special exhibition The Discovery of King Tut and follows explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is produced by Giant Screen Films and Gravity Pictures, in association with The Franklin Institute and the Museum of Science, Boston.
Great White Shark unravels the mystery of the creature we love to fear—the much maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood great white shark—and goes to the depths of human daring to tell the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers around the world to get an up-close and personal look at this iconic predator. Great White Shark examines what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white.
The Best of Nature Photography Show, on view in The Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural History Museum from October 25, 2014 through February 1, 2015. Visitors to the Museum will view magnificent nature-based imagery by amateur and professional photographers from San Diego and around the globe. From a poignant image of a primate with her offspring to star-studded landscapes at night, and from surreal black-and-white scenes to dramatic underwater imagery, the outstanding images in the Best of Nature show are not to be missed.
The discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 is considered the most famous discovery in the history of archaeology, and in modern times, the context of its discovery has been lost. The Discovery of King Tut allows visitors to experience a rush of excitement as they step into a moment only ever witnessed by Howard Carter, Lord Carnarvon and a handful of others. Through stunning and scientifically produced replicas, the exhibition invites visitors to enjoy the magnificent splendor of these priceless Egyptian treasures.
SKULLS contains close to 200 skulls from theNAT’s research collections of animals from all over the world, from the tiny to the spectacular. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are all on display, showcasing an eye-popping array of horns, beaks, bills, teeth, and more.
theNAT is a shorthand for the San Diego Natural History Museum. It makes it easier to communicate who we are and gives us a fresh new look and feel. But this isn't a name change: we are still the San Diego Natural History Museum.
In fact, our wonderful members join the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Our generous donors support the San Diego Natural History Museum.
But, kids might go to theNAT for summer camp and you might host your company's holiday party ATtheNAT.
We call ourselves theNAT in our advertising, e-newsletters, and website to help people make the connection between this new shorthand and the organization that's been a part of this community for 138 years. theNAT is easier to say, read, and...
Whether you call us theNAT or the San Diego Natural History Museum, we hope you have a chance to visit us soon and see what we're all about.