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The majestic California Building is one of San Diego's most enduring icons, with its intricate, sculpted facade, soaring bell tower and ornately tiled dome—don't be so dazzled that you forget to make it into the excellent anthropology museum that's housed inside. Containing over 400,000 artifacts, the facility presents five core exhibitions, including one of the country's most significant ancient Egypt collections with coffin masks, hieroglyphic stone carvings, and two authentic mummies. Another, called "Footsteps in Time," traces 4 million years of human evolution, featuring over 100 touchable reproductions of the earliest humans and primates. There are also temporary exhibitions on display, such as "Instruments of Torture" and "Beerology." Head into the gift shop if you're on the hunt for Mexican folk art, Native American jewelry, or exotic instruments like Peruvian pan flutes.