Please note: On Saturday, November 22, the Museum will close at 4PM. The final entry into the Museum and “The Discovery of King Tut” will be 3PM and the final film of the day will be “Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs” at 3:30PM.

The Gray Vireo: Disappearing Even from Rugged Wilderness


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.  

  • Posted: October 22, 2014

  • By: Lori Hargrove and Philip Unitt

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with the Canyoneers


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. 


  • Posted: September 8, 2014

  • By: Ellen Bevier

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Coast to Cactus: Bringing Fire into Focus


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.


  • Posted: August 29, 2014

  • By: theNAT

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Watch trailer for Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs

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.

From September 2, 2014 To April 25, 2015

Watch trailer for Great White Shark 3D Great White Shark 3D

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. 

From March 1, 2014 To December 31, 2014

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