Art of Science

July 26, 2023 through January 15, 2024

Data is beautiful and science has style—see the beauty that can emerge from scientific research. In collaboration with the UC San Diego Library, see the winners of the Art of Science competition, showcasing the work of UC San Diego students and researchers.

Below Grade

Opening 2025

San Diego is one of the most fossil-rich areas in the United States, and The Nat’s collection is the most important repository the region’s fossils. A major new initiative underway at The Nat will ensure this collection remains under one roof, is catalogued and cared for well into the future, is more accessible to visiting researchers, and displayed for visitors to discover. 


Always on view

Take a look at 200 of the weirdest, wildest, and most fascinating animal skulls from our research collection. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are on display, showcasing an eye-popping array of horns, beaks, bills, teeth, and more.


Always on view

Meet Al, a member of our skeleton crew. Allosaurus fragilis, a genus of large theropod dinosaur that lived in North America during the late Jurassic Period, is a relative of T. rex, which lived later. Al’s bones are casts made from original fossil bones collected in Utah.


Always on view

This replica of an extinct megalodon shark was modeled from and inspired by teeth collected from Miocene sandstones in Oceanside, California and near Ensenada, Baja California by Museum paleontology staff. It hangs in the Atrium as part of Fossil Mysteries and is one of best selfie spots in the Museum. More .

Moreton Bay Fig Tree

Always on view

While not officially affiliated with The Nat, many people associate this remarkable Moreton Bay Fig Tree with the Museum. Planted in preparation for the 1915 exposition, this tree is a beloved San Diego icon and one of the largest Moreton Bay Fig trees in the state.With an observation deck, upon which you can rest under the immense shaded canopy of the tree. More .

Foucault Pendulum

Always on view

When visitors enter the Museum off the Prado walkway, they are greeted by the mesmerizing sight of the iconic Foucault Pendulum, which provides visual proof of the Earth's rotation. More .