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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
+1 831-648-5716
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and... more » Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world. Its mission is to inspire discover, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. This Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. « less
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Kelowna, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The restoration of this lighthouse is incredible. The volunteers are very passionate and knowledgeable. They made our visit very educational and ENTERTAINING. A do not miss site and definitely worth a donation to help with maintenance and restoration of this piece of maritime history.

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Pacific Grove, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Starting with the kid friendly giant whale statue out front this small museum has a lot to interest families.The displays add a dimension to your observations from life along the coast and there is a charming native plant garden that features a human sized "nest" the you won't be able to resist climbing into.

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San Francisco, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stumbled on this on a mother-daughter weekend away. First, no admission fee which is impressive these days. Second, the docents are very helpful and knowledgable. We loved the exhibits, especially the bird exhibit which was perfect for us to help identify birds we have seen on hikes around this area and beyond. The open area behind the museum is... More

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Pleasanton, CA
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264 reviews 264 reviews
78 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

To really see the exhibits, give yourself 2 hours. If you don't, you won't get much out of it. There is a lot to read. It's interesting seeing and learning about local wildlife, etc.

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Pacific Grove, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We always enjoy visiting our local museum and it's a great place to take friends that are visiting. Of course, we need our daily Sandy fix. The changing exhibits are always great, we loved the Monarch exhibits and of course, we love the gift store and garden.

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st louis
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We always stop here when we vacation in Pacific Grove. They have wonderful stuffed birds, animals, and marine life, that are easy to access and to look at. We even went to a free evening reception for the current exhibit of local paintings. Check it out.

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Pacific Grove, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The PG Museum of Natural History is a great little museum with lots of local themed exhibits, as well as special ones from farther away. Quite often they have special kids programs as well. A very nice book shop is open with all kinds of wonderful gifts for yourself or others.

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

There are lots of displays of wildlife of the area, and some hands-on items for the children to handle. The staff are helpful and answer questions. Check out the whale's eyeball. Admission is free although they gladly accept donations.

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San Jose, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We always seem to catch great changing exhibit when we are there. They really highlight aspects of the Monterey Bay Area. They have a small but excellent gift shop for picking up gifts for the kids at home. On top of all that it is free. If you bring the family, the kids will be fascinated and find lots to... More

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Lafayette
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We randomly decided to check out this museum and we were glad we did! As other people have noted, what a nice surprise! For a small, local museum, they've definitely done a great job in putting the exhibits together! We will be back. Admission was free, but we left a donation. Hope you do the same.

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PGMuseum, Community Outreach Manager at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

We're thrilled to hear you had such a great time at the Museum. Thank you for your support, donations support our programs and help other visitors have the same great experience you did. More

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