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San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Allosaurus at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Photo credit: By Luke Jones from Yucca Valley (Allosaur) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park is the oldest scientific institution in Southern California. It was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History. The present location was dedicated on January 14, 1933. A major addition was dedicated in April 2001, doubling exhibit space. Permanent exhibitions include "Fossil Mysteries," a highly interactive exhibition tracing the 75-million-year fossil-rich prehistory of southern California and Baja California, Mexico. With a large display of fossils, dioramas, murals, models, and interactives, the exhibition chronicles evolution, extinction, ecology, and Earth processes from the age of the dinosaurs to the Ice Ages. The 2015 installation of "Coast to Cactus in Southern California" highlights the region's biodiversity. In August, 2016, the museum opened a new permanent exhibition, "Extraordinary Ideas From Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science."

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