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San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
FAX 619.232.0248

We encourage visitors to use the FREE BALBOA PARK TRAM. See their detailed maps.The tram parking lot is located on the east side of the intersection of Park Boulevard and President's Way. Ride the tram to the stop near the San Diego Museum of Art and House of Hospitality. The Museum is a short walk down the Prado, east toward the large fountain. The tram runs every eight minutes and travels in a loop through the Park. See Tram Stops on Balboa Park Map (3.7MB PDF*)

Directions and Parking
North Entrance South Entrance
North (fig tree) Entrance South (fountain) Entrance
San Diego Natural History Museum photos courtesy of Mary Claude Padilla and Mike Ruiz.

We are located in Balboa Park, near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Village Place, just south of the San Diego Zoo. See Google™ map link. See Balboa Park Map for available parking, tram and museum locations with the park.

For public transit, see below.


To reach the Museum by car

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Public Transit

For more details, see the Metropolitan Transit System's website, use their Online Trip Planner (OTIS) or phone 619.233.3004 (see additional numbers). Print out a detailed downtown bus and trolley map (PDF*) created by the Metropolitan Transit System.

By Bus
The Museum is on the #7 bus line, which runs very frequently between downtown San Diego (along Broadway for most of the downtown portion of the route) and east San Diego and La Mesa (along University for most of eastern portion).

From downtown: Take any outbound #7 bus. The bus will travel north on Park Blvd. The nearest stop to the museum is at the pedestrian overpass which crosses over Park Blvd. An earlier stop at the Rose Garden is also close.

From East San Diego and farther east: Take any inbound (Downtown) #7 bus. The bus will travel west on University Avenue and turn south onto Park Blvd. The nearest stop to the museum is the one immediately after the Zoo, at the pedestrian overpass that crosses over Park Blvd.

By Trolley
Take any trolley into downtown San Diego. Get off at the City College stop (12th Ave. and C St.) Transfer to the outbound #7 bus just around the corner at 11th and C.

By Train
AMTRAKAmtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 11 trains daily from Los Angeles to San Diego. When making train reservations, you can also reserve bus transportation from the Santa Fe station to the Museum. Group of 20+ receive a 20% discount and seniors 62+ receive a 15% discount. For reservations call 800.872.7245 (groups call 800.872.1477).

Other Options

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego makes nine stops at some of San Diego's prime tourist spots, including Old Town, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Coronado, and Balboa Park—in front of the Zoo, a short walk from the Museum.


Park in the Inspiration Point parking lot (on the east side of Park Blvd., between Presidents Way and the Balboa Park Activity Center) for easy access to the heart of Balboa Park via the free tram. There are also numerous smaller lots throughout the Park, including the lot next to the Museum's east side, the south Carousel Lot on Village Place and Park Blvd. and the north Carousel Lot. See Balboa Park map (3.7MB PDF*) with parking lots and tram stops.

Valet parking is offered in front of the House of Hospitality (and The Prado restaurant) in the Plaza de Panama. Hours of service are: Tuesday through Thursday from 5 PM through 10 PM; Friday from 5 PM through midnight; Saturday from 10 AM through Midnight; Sunday from 10 AM. through 10 PM. There is no valet parking on Mondays.

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We thank   Yellow Book for their in-kind donation.