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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone Number: 831-420-6115
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local...
This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.
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Beautiful and quirky little museum on East Cliff

Beautiful and quirky little museum on East Cliff. I'm a natural history aficionado, so its one of my Santa Cruz favorites.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Beautiful and quirky little museum on East Cliff. I'm a natural history aficionado, so its one of my Santa Cruz favorites.

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a little gem of a spot located near Seabright Beach. In fact, you have a view of the ocean from the front steps of the museum. The admission is very reasonable and budget friendly. We paid $4 for adults, $2 for students and anyone under 18 years old was free. The place has a homey and personal feel.... More 

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Windsor, California
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

lots of interactive displays; staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Great place for kids to interact with the displays.

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California
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Great, small museum with well-curated, well-directed exhibits of local nature. Good spot to bring children of any ages.

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Jackson, California
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 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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