We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-420-6115
Improve this listing
89%
Ranked #15 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.

Hotels near Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Write a Review

19 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    13
    4
    1
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Fairfax, VA
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

So you've been to the rides at Boardwalk Santa Cruz. You've walked along the beach and gotten some sun. Now it's time to go indoors. Well this is the place to take it easy, recuperate in the shade and learn a little about the Natural History of Santa Cruz. Don't expect to be here for more than a couple of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Livermore, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

what I like about these stops is its a break from the beach,,,,the kids might say " what?" why? but its neat and a break in the day ands learn about the surroundiings and our history here ......then back to the beach !!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sacramento, California, United States
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brooklyn, New York
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Germantown, Maryland
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vacaville, California
Reviewer
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hollister, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History also viewed

 

Been to Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing