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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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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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very interesting exhibits

Although primarily for children, this small museum has some very interesting exhibits. Easily done in about 1/2 hour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2015
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Mariposa, California
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Mariposa, California
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144 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Although primarily for children, this small museum has some very interesting exhibits. Easily done in about 1/2 hour.

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Thank cuestaroble
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

You'll need the best part of 3 hours to get around the whole museum but it's so worth it! The room with the mummified Guanche is eerily quiet but extremely interesting. It has everything from the formation on the island to the bugs that reside within! A definite must see!

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Thank Sammie N
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Small breaks from the beach and the crowds... This small museum is an excellent stop with the kids. Filled with local animals you may have a chance to encounter.

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Thank Michael G
Garberville, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Super! Especially if you're a Cali native and your kids are into the fauna. It was perfect for the kids to see real life animals (stuffed/taxiderm-ied) that we live with but rarely see up close and personal. Inexpensive & well worth the time!

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Thank LaurCat
Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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Thank Cy101
Santa Cruz, California
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156 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Thank BrinMoreson
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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Thank Cheryl S
California
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22 reviews
11 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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38 reviews
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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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

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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