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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831 648-5716
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: A living field guide for the Central Coast, the Museum's mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.Admission is... more » Owner description: A living field guide for the Central Coast, the Museum's mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.Admission is free, donations are accepted.Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am - 5pm « less
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Pacific Grove, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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6 helpful votes 6 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

San Jose, Ca., U.S.A.
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We stumbled upon this natural history museum while walking around Pacific Grove, during a B& B week-end. Very nice collection of local flora & fauna, and friendly docents to explain the history of the area. A nice way to spend a few leisurely hours.

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San Jose, California
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

free admission and various types of exhibits. it has a lot displays dealing with the monarch butterflies which are interesting. Also some good information on whales.

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Santa Paula, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Don't miss this museum especially with children. There aren't too many museums that offer free admission anymore. There is plenty to learn and see at this attraction. Great exhibits and informed staff. However, be sure to leave a donation so that they can carry on their good work.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Had GREAT time at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. As described it is a 'living personal field guide to the California Central Coast." Visitors are able to explore the wildlife, plants and geology of this truly unique region. The Museum's mission is "to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world," and it lives up to it... More

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Fresno, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

This is a must if you have small kids with you! Lots of things to explore. They even have a huge nest outside.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

As a beginning birder the wonderful array of birds displayed was fascinating! it helped me gain a better appreciation for field markings. The museum may not be considered modern but what it doesn't have in pizzazz it makes up for in genuine and thoughtful content! I have returned and will return whenever I get a chance.

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