Reopening news

At this time, public health and safety mandates are still in place that require museums to be closed. As a result, we will postpone our early January 2021 reopening plans. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and reopen as soon as we are able to do so safely. Once restrictions are lifted, The Nat will need several weeks to schedule staff and prepare the building for reopening. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Learn more about what we're up to in the meantime.

Stay safe. Wear a mask. Encourage your community to do the same. We'll see you when we reopen. The Nat's mission is supported in part by admissions. While we're closed, please consider taking these steps:

Thank you and please check back soon.

Fit 70 million years into an afternoon.

The Nat has four floors of exhibitions, a giant screen theater, and a research collection of more than 8 million specimens. When you visit The Nat, you are supporting our mission to preserve this amazing place we call home.

General Admission
Adult $19.95
Senior (62+)
Student / Military
(with ID)
Youth (3–17) $11.95
Child (2 and under) FREE
(Explorers, GoCard)
Museum Guest Passes &
ASTC Travel Passport Program
Giant screen theater films - $5
Purchase Tickets

Come back soon to check for changes to this page in preparation for reopening.

General Admission includes access to core exhibitions and films in the giant screen theater (temporarily closed). The escort for a visitor with disabilities is entitled to free admission. More.

Package deals

Balboa Park Explorer Passes provide guests with several options to optimize their Balboa Park experience for an excellent rate. Learn more. GO Card San Diego offers multiple San Diego attractions for one low price. Visit GO Card San Diego’s website to purchase a package deal that includes The Nat.

Group visits

The Nat offers discounted rates for groups of 10 or more as well as a variety of school field trips and programs. Learn more about group sales rates and reservation information.

Resident Free Days

Balboa Park organizations offer free admission to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military, and their dependents for one day each month. The Nat typically offers Residents Free Days on the first Tuesday of each month. Special exhibitions and films are not included. Check our calendar for a list of upcoming dates, or check out the list of participating Balboa Park organizations by clicking here.

Museums for All

The Nat is proud to participate in Museums for All. Present your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) card, or Women, Infants & Children (WIC) card and photo ID at the Admissions Desk to receive free general admission for up to 4 people per family. Museums for All encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

Museum Access Funds

Are you a Title I school? Field trips and classes at your school can be underwritten through Museum Access Funds. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0349. Learn more.

About Balboa Park

Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. Learn more.