Fossil Mysteries

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Real Pirates

Real Pirates

View more than 200 artifacts, including cannons, swords, coins, gold and jewelry, recovered off the coast of Cape Cod from the first authenticated pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. Sail with legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew and learn the true story of the Whydah, from her historic transformation from slave ship to pirate ship to her final resting place on the ocean floor. One of the most advanced ships of her day, the Whydah sank in a storm in 1717 with bounty from more than 50 captured ships.


Ecosystems of San Diego County

Ecosystems of San Diego County

Ecosystems of San Diego County brings together 14 San Diego artists who have been commissioned to photograph areas throughout our incredibly diverse region. The 80 works include areas from the waters along the coast to the mountains and the deserts, all within the county. Featured artists include Lee Peterson, Richard Herrmann, Bill Evarts, Abe Ordover, and 10 more.


SKULLS

SKULLS

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.


Water: A California Story

Water: A California Story

Through photos, maps, video, and hands-on activities, learn about current, local issues on land and in the ocean. Examine the infrastructure of the regional water system, and discover how we import the majority of our water and the costs associated with this practice. Water: A California Story also looks at effects of a changing climate on our region’s water supply and reveals how southern Californians can help protect water for future generations. Natural history specimens and live animals will serve as reminders that the natural environment and its inhabitants are also legitimate users of water resources.


Fossil Mysteries

Fossil Mysteries

From dinosaurs to mastodons, discover the rich fossil history of our region. In this major exhibition, created by the Museum, ponder a mystery, examine the strong fossil evidence from the Museum's collection, and use scientific tools to discover answers. Traveling through a 75-million-year timeline, from the age of dinosaurs to the Ice Ages, experience an unfolding of the prehistory of southern California and Baja California, Mexico.