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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-420-6115
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Ranked #17 of 34 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Natural History Museums
Description: This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.
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Sacramento, California, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History embodies what a local museum should be all about: an immersive experience that's fun, hands on, and enjoyable for kids from 2-92. It is located within a 15 minute walk from the Boardwalk, via the railway bridge, and it's located across the street from one of the area's best "kid friendly" beaches, Seabright... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Very interesting, Enjoyed it. It was very informative. You learn a lot there. Will definitiely go back again.

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Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This museum is located across the street from a stunning view of the Monterey Bay. To the right, you can see the Santa Cruz Wharf in the distance, and to the left you can see the view towards Moss Landing! And if the location isn't spectacular enough for you, the visit inside the Museum will make this trip worthwhile. I... More

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Germantown, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

It is not fancy. It is tiny. But displays are very information. Enough interactive displays for the kids. Has great info on the region. Staff very friendly. My son enjoyed. It a lot. Not a all day thing but about a hour or two to get through

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San Jose, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is a cute local natural history museum. Check the schedule, as the first Friday of the month is usually free. Even if you pay, the cost is minimal. It is a great place to bring children, with exhibits that change in the front room. The local Indian mural and display as well as the local animal exhibit are permanent.... More

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Vacaville, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

One of my favorite spots in Santa Cruz. Some Fridays they have free admittance and activities. They have three floors, but my favorite is the rooftop, which has several statues, a waterfall, and a very modest 'garden'. The roof is often quiet, a good place to study or have conversations about what has one viewed in the previous floors of... More

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Hollister, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Exhibits change periodically, so if you wait long enough the experience will be brand new. The gift shop is unique with local artist's creations and priced very affordable. The staff and docents seem knowledgeable and the stuffed animals are impressive.

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Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great place to take children, and a wonderful place for teachers and lovers of local history. Great displays. There is a lending library so folks can borrow sets of materials for classrooms.

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Littleton, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stopped here and met up with extended family--8 grandkids mostly age 9 and under. Everyone was busy and entertained for about an hour. Facility is small enough that the kids could roam freely and we could easily keep track of them. Hands on exhibits include dinosaur dig, tide pool, microscope station. It's right next to the beach so it's... More

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Los Banos
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178 reviews 178 reviews
60 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Ok, it is small in space, but it is packed with exhibits. Hands on touch pool for kids. Docents that are knowledgeable and friendly. Beautiful setting a block off the beach. Reserved parking on the street, but, if youvisit the museum, you can leave your car and walk to the beach. $4 to get in, I think reasonable. Nice little... More

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