Admission

Welcome back, nature lovers.

Welcome back to the old stomping grounds. What you need to know before visiting:

  • New operating hours: 10 AM – 4 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Enter through north entrance, near the giant fig tree.
  • Advance tickets are NOT required and capacity will be managed at the door.
  • Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All exhibitions open, with the exception of a few spaces. Check out what’s open.

Learn more before you visit

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
Members FREE - JOIN TODAY!
Adult $19.95
Senior (62+)
Student / Military
(with ID)
$16.95
Youth (3–17) $11.95
Child (2 and under) FREE
Passholders
(Explorers, GoCard)
INCLUDED
Museum Guest Passes &
ASTC Travel Passport Program
PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS INCLUDED
Giant screen theater films - $5
Purchase Tickets

NOTE: Purchasing your tickets online will reduce your time at the Admissions desk, but does not guarantee entry as capacity is managed at the door. All guests will be required to wait in a single entry line.

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. Due to COVID reopening restrictions, the Museum will be monitoring capacity. Please be prepared to wait in line for entry. Entry is not guaranteed. Please note that the Theater will not be available on Resident Free Tuesdays.

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.