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Nature is Everywhere in San Diego. Especially at The Nat This Summer.

March 28, 2024

Summer of Wonder invites nature lovers to make The Nat their summer headquarters

San Diego —The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is celebrating their 150 th birthday and pulling out all the stops for a summer to remember for nature lovers. Featuring brand-new exhibits and films, special programs and activities, and extended hours, Summer of Wonder has something for everyone. 

“This is a significant milestone year and is the culmination of many years of planning, fundraising, and truly hard work,” said Judy Gradwohl, the Christy Walton President and CEO. “We’re delighted to invite the community to celebrate with us as we honor our history and look to the future. Summer of Wonder is for everyone.” 

Summer of Wonder takes place from Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 24) through Labor Day weekend (Monday, September 2).  Visitors are encouraged to explore the website, , for details and to purchase tickets. All activities are included with admission unless otherwise noted. 

New Exhibits Opening May 24

  • Nature Trail at The Nat . An immersive nature garden that surrounds the Museum and showcases the incredible diversity of native plants. It’s The Nat’s birthday gift to the community and free for all to enjoy. Learn more

  • Action from the Archives : The Nat at 150 . The research team has dug deep into the archives for some one-of-a-kind photos of the unforgettable people who helped make The Nat what it is today. We’ve packed 150 years of history into 150 feet!  Learn more

Events for All Ages

  • Nat at Night . The best weekends start in Balboa Park. On Fridays, admission is half-price after 5 PM. Visitors can explore all four floors, then hit the roof for a spectacular San Diego sunset view, a TGIF cocktail, and small bites from Wolf in the Woods. Learn more

  • Weekends of Wonder . Explore the Museum with special animal encounters, storytime, and activities from community partners. There are different offerings every Saturday and Sunday. Visit for details—full list available in April. 

A T-rrrific New Film: T. rex

The king of the dinosaurs roars into the theater beginning June 28. Making the most of the latest, greatest special effects, this new release from Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema is the most dazzling T. rex documentary ever made. See this giant on a giant screen—films are included with paid admission. Learn more .  

Extended Hours All Summer Long

Visitors can enjoy beautiful San Diego days and take in more of the natural world, because longer days mean longer hours. On weeknights (Monday-Thursday), The Nat stays open until 7 PM. On Fridays, hours extend until 10 PM for Nat at Night. 

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About the San Diego Natural History Museum 

The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is one of California’s oldest and most respected cultural and scientific institutions. Founded in 1874 by a small group of citizen scientists, the Museum works to preserve and protect this amazing place we call home. The Museum is located at 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 in Balboa Park. For more information, call 877.946.7797 or visit 


Summer of Wonder photos available on Dropbox .

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