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San Diego Museum of Man
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Owner description: The San Diego Museum of Man is your museum! Join the hundreds of thousands of people each year who come to see its exhibits on beer, monsters, torture, race, human and primate evolution, and more. You can also experience one of most important ancient Egyptian collections in the United States, which includes authentic Egyptian mummies, an exceptionally rare child sarcophagus, and one of the world's few surviving examples of Nefertiti's cartouche. Also, for the first time in 80 years, we are now offering guided tours of the California Tower - one of San Diego's most iconic landmarks. Tower tour tickets are timed like theater tickets, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to secure your desired date and time.
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Visited with children and grandchildren. Nice museum with excellent family-friendly exhibits. Both our 10 year old and 14 year old grandsons found something that was of interest. As adults were were pleased to see some exhibits we had not seen before e.g. Beer-ology included the history of beer making we learned some things. Who knew sake is really beer!

Thank Bettia
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I thought this would be a history of humans kind, but it’s not. First exhibit is how people lived with pets, the entire second floor is dedicated to race. There is also a small section for mummies. And a kids section for ghost stories. You can easily skip this...

1  Thank alanroytbak
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Samantha A, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Dear alanroytbak,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Please accept our sincere apologies for any shortcomings during your visit to the Museum. We take your feedback seriously and will be sharing your comments with our staff so we can continually improve. We strive to ensure our guests have a positive experience with us. If you have any questions or additional feedback please email us at marketing@museumofman.org.

Warm regards,

Samantha A.
Digital Content Associate

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

I saw the TripAdvisor reviews before I went and thought either it’d be a hit or a flop. It was such a hit! This museum is so well done, and just incredibly fascinating. Downstairs there is an exhibit about beer. It covers modern times as well as the history of beer across various regions. Upstairs has an incredible exhibit on race. I love that they acknowledged some of the classifications museums used in the past and called out inaccuracies. It was a great exhibit. Finally, there were mummies. And they were great mummies! If you enjoy a mummy here and there at other museums, you’ll love this.

There’s currently a special exhibit across the street about cannibalism. This was incredibly well done. It covered cannibalism across the world – everything from the ‘crazy guy’ type of cannibalism, ancient rituals incorporating people, and stories of plane survivors who need to make tough choices in order to live.

In all: highly recommend!

1  Thank Becky R
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

It was educational, and interesting at some points. However, I have been to better museums. Somethings I felt didn’t belong in this museum.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The exhibits are housed in a building that combines elements of Spanish, Orthodox, Meso-American and Hindu architecture. The pseudo-architecture has nothing on the exhibits themselves. I have probably been to the best ethnographic and anthropology museums across the globe yet was not prepared for the San Diego experienece. What we have here can be best called fake anthropology - as the museum seems to have been taken over by the sect of Social Justice Warriors, an academic offshot of postmodern postocolonial philosophy that insists on seeing everything white as bad, and everything non-white as victims of colonial oppression. This has comical aspects, as justifying the slaughter of millions of people by the Aztecs and the Maya as 'religious ceremony' while doubling down on the outrages of colonialism. Endless discusssions of "white privilege" that apparently is the root cause of modern suffering. The many empty exhibit slots in which the curators have returned these (taxpayer-bought) items to "original owners" - notwithstanding the fact that these owners have long since disappeared. And so on - in essence what we have here is anti-Western ideology that is subverting the root principles of anthropology as science. It is rather amazing that this is funded by the taxpayers (and county) of San Diego, but there we go. The gist of my unease with the exhibitions is that they promote racial strife and society polarization while masquerading as science. I was disappointed. Also, I do not believe that the citizens of San Diego are served well by this "museum".

1  Thank kaioatey
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Samantha A, Digital Content Associate at San Diego Museum of Man, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Dear kaioatey,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We take your feedback seriously and will be sharing your comments with our staff so we can continually improve. If you have any questions or additional feedback please email us at marketing@museumofman.org.

Warm regards,

Samantha A.
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