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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, Museums
Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Santa Rosa, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
42 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great exhibits especially the bird exhibit and the Chinese Village exhibit. Good place to take kids to painlessly learn about the local natural history and culture.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We walked from Cannery Row to this museum. A beautiful hike! The museum is small but packed with lots of info. Prepare to read a lot!!!! It was a decent amount of stuffed animals and then plenty of info on each of them. I rated this place "average" because I recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which also has the... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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88 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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38 helpful votes 38 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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