Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, Arcata

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Humboldt State University Natural History Museum is a natural history museum in Arcata, California in the United States.HistoryWells Fargo Bank donated the original location of the museum to Humboldt State University (HSU).Around 2010, the university was unable to continue to fund the operations of the museum. The museum closed. Eventually, the Humboldt Science Mathematics Center/Redwood Science Project took over the management and the museum reopened. Jeffrey White became the Executive Director. Museum administrators sought grants and public support in order to sustain itself. In 2013, it was announced that the museum would move from its original location into the location where it is currently located. The new building was donated by Redwood Capital Bank. It is 2,700 square feet in size. The museums former building is now a Redwood Capital Bank location.CollectionsThe museum has over 2,000 natural history objects. Collections include Native American cultural objects. They have a large fossil collection, called the Maloney Fossil Collection, including sand dollars and Busycon contrarium from the Pliocene and a Chlamys from the Miocene.ExhibitionsStudents from HSU assist in the design and curation of exhibitions at the museum. Many exhibits are interactive. Visitors can touch a meteorite, fossils, and dinosaur bone casts. Most of the exhibitions focus on the natural history of the region surrounding the museum.
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  • Anyone interested in birds should come here to see a collection one feels must be extraordinary and complete for the Pacific Flyway. I was quite surprised. It's at the university and there were very.....  more »
  • Having passed it many times, we decided to visit. to our pleasant surprise there were a number of well done exbitions with a pleasant staff. the big picture of a huge redwood is most impressive.  more »
  • Great place for kids to explore wildlife around humboldt and the past ages. Fun activities to peruse and do too. The museum consistently holds lectures and workshops that are informational for adult students as well as interested children/adults. The membership is worth while. We use the passport program and visit museums for free or at discounted rates all the time!!
  • Great information, and they have free days.
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