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Humboldt State University Natural History Museum

Arcata, CA
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Arcata
Type: Natural History Museums
Description: Natural history museum known for its fine collection of fossils and its special programs tailored for kids.
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Arcata, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We take our kids here a few times a year. They love it! They offer a lot to learn from local natural history to ecology.

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Dinsmore, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Watching 2 children, ages 2-1/2 & 5, we were all mesmerized for over 2 hours! There are so many interactive displays for young children that are truly interesting, I was amazed. It has been many years since I have been to this petite museum, and it has really blossomed with intriguing educational exhibits. I would say it is especially engaging... More

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Arcata, California
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38 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The NHM is a relatively small museum with some nice displays and a modest set of books and other items for sale. Its not a bad place to visit for a 1/2 hour or so. The university had to close the NHM due to the CSU's everlasting budget problems, but funds were found to re-open the facility.

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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

This is a small place but the kids enjoyed it. Very cheap to go only cost us $7 for 4 of us to get in. The exhibits they have on display are pretty cool. Over all a good place to take younger children.

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arcata
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

It was interesting before, but can't wait to get up there to see the new additions.. Love to pet feel the fish.

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Arcata
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Small but full of surprises! A great way to learn more about the natural environment in Humboldt. Plenty of activities for little ones & adults will learn along too. Definitely make it one of your visits, if only for 30 minutes to check out the display case with crabs & the live bee hive! (can you spot the queen?) Then... More

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Trout Lake, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This museum is housed in an old bank and they have utilized the space admirably. There are many small exhibits that complement each other for a good overview of the Arcata ecological area. They have a variety of age level-appropriate activities. Most hands-on activities were geared towards smaller kids and they looked very fun and educational. Parents with small children... More

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Arcata, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

In this small building are housed many natural artifacts that represent the area - sharks teeth, fossils, and maps of interest. It is a good stop for outsiders to get some context for all the beauty and science that makes up Humboldt County. Occasionally there are temporary exhibits with various animals, an earthquake simulation, and speakers. The shop has great... More

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