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The San Diego Natural History Museum gives locals and visitors a chance to learn about the vast history of nature.  In 1917, the San Diego Society of Natural History purchased the vacant lot for the museum, only five years after opening its first museum. The museum was opened because the Society decided that it needed a place for its growing collections of natural artifacts. Subsequently, the board made the commitment of the museum. “to educate and help people know and love nature.” They began by holding educational programs with the limited resources that were available to them. 

Today there are many well designed exhibitions. whether it’s learning from interactive tools, looking at artifacts, or reading information, the museum provides a great opportunity for people to learn about Southern California, as well as other parts of the world. 
 
The San Diego Natural History Museum has a variety of exhibits on display, including:

SKULLS: This exhibit allows viewers to look at almost 200 of the most unique and fascinating animal skulls that the museum has to offer. The exhibit, which began October of last year, displays animals from all over the world and from various animal groups. There are skulls from mammals, birds, and reptiles; including from all of the 57 species of snakes and lizards found in San Diego County. 

All That Glitters: the Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals explores the histories of ruby, sapphire, diamond and opal. It gives visitors a chance to see how the Earth produces these gemstones, as well as how it produces the metals that humans use so abundantly. An interesting fact about San Diego is that it is one of the most famous gem-producing regions in the world, so some of the gemstones in the exhibit are local. 

Working on Thin Ice: 25 Years of Research in Antarctica uses the research of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from Antarctica to inform about the extreme conditions of the continent. Scientist from comfortable California travel to Antarctica each year to collect research and photos to display in the exhibit. The information is amazing as are the pictures taken. 

The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. The cost of a ticket is $11 for children ages 3 to 11 and $17 for adults. The spaciousness of the museum makes it a comfortable place for people to move around and see all of the great artifacts and exhibits the museum has to offer. Whether you visit with a group or alone, the San Diego Natural History Museum is an entertaining way to better educate yourself about our beautiful planet.