Summer of Wonder

We’re going all out for our 150th anniversary with a summer full of wonderful. With new exhibits and extended hours, a new film in our theater, and Nat at Night every week, there will be whole lot of wonderful to fill up a busy, beautiful summer. See below for details, and start making plans!

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New exhibits to enjoy

Nature Trail at The Nat
It’s our birthday gift to the city: an immersive nature garden that surrounds the Museum and showcases the incredible diversity of native plants. It's free for all to enjoy. Learn more.

Action from the Archives
We’ve dug deep into our archives for some one-of-a-kind photos of the unforgettable people who pursued their love of nature and helped make The Nat what it is today. Learn more.

Something for all, all summer

Nat at Night
Wander through all four floors, then hit the roof for a San Diego sunset and TGIF cocktail. It’s the perfect way to ease into the weekend. Learn more.

Weekends of Wonder
From animal encounters to craft-making, enjoy hands-on activities every weekend. Scroll down for our calendar of activities.

Members-only Book Club
Join fellow members for our One Museum, One Book program, meeting monthly. Learn more.

A T-rrific new T. rex film

You can’t stream this: It’s the summer of T. rex, king of the dinosaurs, roaring into our theater beginning June 28. Making the most of the latest, greatest special effects, this is the most dazzling T. rex documentary ever made. Included with paid admission. Trailer coming soon!

Longer days mean longer hours

Enjoy our long, beautiful San Diego days and take in more of the natural world. On weeknights (Monday-Thursday), we're open until 7 PM. On Fridays, we're open until 10 PM for Nat at Night. Bonus: enjoy half-price admission after 5 PM all summer long.

A summer full of wonderful—every weekend

There’s always something new when you visit on weekends. Come face-to-face with Huxley the hawk, get crafty in Nature Studio, keep the little ones busy with Storytime, learn about our new garden with volunteer naturalists, or dive deeper into our exhibitions (and history) with Docent-led tours. Just like nature, our schedule of events is always changing, so check our calendar of activities for details.

  • 24 May
    Nat at Night
    • Friday, May 24, 2024 5 PM
  • 25 May
    Nature Studio
    • Saturday, May 25, 2024 10 AM
  • 26 May
    Nature & Me Storytime
    • Sunday, May 26, 2024 10:30 AM
  • 31 May
    Nat at Night
    • Friday, May 31, 2024 5 PM
  • 1 Jun
    Nature Studio: Maker Space
    • Saturday, June 1, 2024 10 AM


Have the most wonder-full summer in our history!

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