Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz

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Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Discover exhibits of local forests, wetlands, and grasslands.

Find Prometheus, the live California King Snake.

See and hear bees in our observation beehive.

Grind acorns in the Ohlone room.

Touch a sea star and hermit crab.

Climb on the back of our life-sized grey whale.

Explore the vibrant hues of the Pollinator Garden.

Gaze at the giant sea cow fossil.

Visit our natural history book and gift shop.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has been bringing the delights and wonders of the natural world to Santa Cruz residents and visitors for over 100 years. From its early beginnings at the Santa Cruz Light House, the Museum collections and displays have been housed in various locations in the City. The Museum has made its home in the Seabright neighborhood since 1932, where it continues to bring engaging exhibits and programs to school children and the public alike.

Our Mission: "Connecting people with nature and inspiring stewardship of the natural world."

FREE DAYS: First Friday of every month


Adults | $4

Seniors & Students | $2

Under 18 | Free

Members | Free
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  • I visited Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to hear the local artist Ann Thiermann speak. She painted the mural at the museum and has painted local motives all her life. The staff and volunteers...  more »
  • Located in mid-county on the coast, this little museum fits into local culture and is nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Well-worth a visit to.  more »
  • Nice little museum! They pack a lot of interesting exhibits into a small space. My favorites were the naturalist's cabinet collection and the beehive (easy to overlook, since they keep it covered with a cloth. The bees like it dark.) The docent was very friendly and informative. Cute gift shop, too.
  • This small museum is packed with interesting exhibits, many of which are interactive. Great for kids. Docents were friendly, knowledgeable and put on a nice kids session while we were there.
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