The Museum of Man summer camps are inspired by fascinating anthropology exhibits and children’s imaginations. Set your child up for success with scientific summer learning! Campers will: experience flavorful foods from across time and around the world, explore the histories and mysteries of ancient peoples, learn about archaeology, Egyptology, primatology, and other awesome ologies, create art inspired by ancient and modern cultures, investigate behind the scenes of the Museum and examine clues to solve ancient mysteries.
- Week-long camps: $90 member/$120 non-member
- To give your camper a full day of fun in the park, ask about our collaborations with other Balboa Park camps.
- Still accepting enrollments!
Questions? Send us an email!
ARTifact Adventures! (June 17–21, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and July 29–August 2, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.)
From our Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth exhibition, to Egyptian sarcophagi, to authentic Kumeyaay baskets and pottery, art is everywhere at the San Diego Museum of Man! Campers will discover art from different cultures and time periods and learn what makes art the first form of human expression. This camp offers hands on opportunities to create ancient art from around the world.
Cookin' Up Culture (July 8–12, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Did you know the Maya used chocolate for money and the Kumeyaay cooked using baskets? Eating, drinking, cooking, and cuisine are important parts of culture. Food not only sustains us, but nourishes ideas, traditions, and social interactions. Join us on this delicious adventure where we will be exploring what food means to different cultures, and tasting some of our own creations! We will visit different exhibits to learn more about cultural food traditions. Let's cook up some fun at the Museum of Man!
Magical and Mythical Creatures (July 15–19, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and August 12 –16, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Our favorite creatures from myths and legends come to life in Magical and Mythical Creatures camp! Join us as we travel around the world to discover how dragons got their fiery reputation, what unicorn horns really look like, and why the sphinx tells riddles. Campers will learn about the magic and myth of different creatures and create their very own mythical masterpiece to bring home!
I'm am Ologist (July 22–26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and July 22–26, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.)
Archaeology, Egyptology, Primatology, and more! There are so many different kinds of "ologies" for anthropologists to explore! Campers will step into the shoes of different kinds of anthropologists each day of the week. With the help of behind the scene tours and hands-on activities we'll choose our favorite "ology" of the week and become Jr. Ologists!
I'm an Ologist! is a new partnership with the Natural History Museum where campers can spend half the day with us exploring Archaeology, Egyptology, and Primatology (including a trip to the Zoo!) and half the day over at theNAT for herpetology, entomology and paleontology; giving campers a full day of ology investigation.
Monkey Madness (August 5–9, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Swing with spider monkeys! Glide with gibbons! Chatter with chimps! At Monkey Madness camp we'll do all of this and more. As Jr. Primatologists we'll explore all things primate, in our own Primate Hall and even take a trip to see living primates in action at the San Diego Zoo. We'll step into the shoes of scientists and even primates themselves to uncover the mysteries and wonder of these awesome creatures including the largest primate ever Gigantopithecus!
Mummies Unwrapped (August 19–23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Ever wonder what lies beneath those mummy wrappings? At our Mummies Unwrapped camp we'll find out! Journey to the ancient world as we unearth all kinds of mummies from Egypt to South America. Find out what makes a mummy a mummy, why certain cultures made them, and uncover mysteries about mummies discovered right here in San Diego!
Mummies, Zombies, and Vampires: Monster Mythology (July 15–19, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.)
Dive into the world of mummies, zombies, vampires and other notorious monsters throughout history. We'll journey through time to uncover what different cultures believed about these creatures of night. Campers will discover what made these legends legendary and if Hollywood got it right.