Upcoming Exhibitions

Interactive, immersive, and featuring the latest in international cetacean research, Whales: Giants of the Deep is an experience that brings adults and children eye to eye with some of the world’s most elusive creatures. Developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. 

Visitors to the Museum will view magnificent nature-based imagery by amateur and professional photographers from San Diego and around the globe. This annual international photography competition features landscape, wildlife, flora, and nature-based abstract and impressionistic images.

Opening Early Summer 2016

This new, permanent exhibition revolves around the history—and the future—of citizen science, highlighting early naturalists and the impact their work and observations had on science as we know it today. Rare books, works of art, photographs, maps, and historical documents from our Research Library will be displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through multimedia, hands-on interactives, touchable models, and participatory experiences. 

Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs stronger than steel? See why every living thing is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore how these marvels of natural engineering inspire us.