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Parking, Directions & Maps
-Balboa Park Map ( PDF*)
Giant-screen Theater Schedule
Balboa Park Attractions
The escort to a visitor with disabilities is entitled to free General Admission.
San Diego Natural History Museum
Directions and Parking
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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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.
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.
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.Parking
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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