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.
In accordance with state guidelines, masks (or facial coverings) will not be required for fully vaccinated guests, unvaccinated guests are required to wear facial coverings. See our latest COVID guidelines and plan ahead here. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.
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Museum Guest Passes &
ASTC Travel Passport Program
PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS INCLUDED
Giant screen theater films - $5
General Admission includes access to core exhibitions and films in the giant screen theater. The escort for a visitor with disabilities is entitled to free admission. More information. Youth 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost should not be a barrier to enjoying the Museum. That’s why The Nat offers many free admission programs, including Museums for All, Resident Free Days, December Nights, the summer reading program through San Diego Public Library, and more. Last year we welcomed more than 50,000 people into the Museum at no cost—that’s 30% of our visitors who accessed the Museum for free.
There are also many opportunities to receive discounted admission, including San Diego Museum Month, Kids Free San Diego, Nat at Night, the Balboa Park Explorer, the Go City San Diego card, and group visits. Think you’ll be a regular visitor? We hope you’ll consider becoming a member. Not only does membership pay for itself after one visit, but it’s also a way to support our mission to preserve this amazing region we call home.
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. Please be prepared to wait in line for entry and to see exhibitions. Entry is not guaranteed. Films are not included with Resident Free Tuesday admission. Film tickets can be purchased for $5 per person at the admissions desk.
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.
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.