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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Address: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone Number: 831-420-6115
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Ranked #9 of 31 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.
Attraction details
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.

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Jackson, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

What a beautifully done museum! Trains were in the lobby and train people and children loved the exhibit. The art display from California Prisoners was an eye-opener to what life is like in prison. Well-done exhibit and loved being able to write to the artists. The ocean exhibit is diverse and well-done. Worth the time to visit.

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Boise, Idaho
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stopped as s planned break from the car and to have a picnic lunch on the huge grassy area behind the museum. It is perfect for a small museum. Quality pieces; easy to do in a short amount of time. Interesting for both my 16 and my 7 year old. Fun games my 7 and 10 year old played... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

They have very cool and fun events for the whole family!! Always a great time. they put on the best first friday event

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Fairfax, VA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

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Livermore, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 !!!

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Sacramento, California, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
70 helpful votes 70 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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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 

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Germantown, Maryland
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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

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San Jose, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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