Museum of Natural History
Museum of Natural History
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The emphasis is on interactive and hands-on learning exhibits that provide scientific information regarding tidal forces, geology, erosion and environmental issues.
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
Fantastic little museum right on Morro bay. It tells the story of everything you've wondered about standing on the Morro Bay shoreline. This is a must see for first time visitors. And if you've been here a dozen times and you've never visited this museum, you've missed out. The museum has its own small parking lot.
Written September 3, 2022
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Jasmine
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
oh my goodness. This is a place that's not advertised enough for tourists. The hiking trail leading up to the museum is too beautiful. I have been to Morro Bay a couple of time, but only walked around the Morro Rock. Never imagined there is view like this on the other side of Morro Bay. MUST SEE FOR VISITORS! Great photo- op !!
Written March 18, 2021
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LozzaCam
Brisbane, Australia342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The price is very good ($3). A big focus on wildlife with quite a few interactive displays. Lots of history of the area, good focus on environmental influence and general nature.
Some areas being redone and also and few buttons not working.
No kids with us but lots of kid related activities available.
Written November 11, 2022
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Denise T
Petaluma, CA1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is just remarkable to find this $3M Museum of Natural History in the middle of a state park, on a cliff overlooking the estuary and full of hands on exhibits for kids. Plus it is free for kids! $2.00 for adults. The population of Morro Bay is only 10,000 but this community houses a beautiful state-of-the-art museum. Take your kids to learn about Morro Rock and the local birds and basically everything they see out the floor-to-ceiling windows. There is an observation deck with telescopes, movies shown in the auditorium, (sometimes you can pick the movie with the Docent) and a delightful gift shop full of unique educational items. Pick the brains of the Docents for ideas of places to go next - various hikes, or take an Adventure with Nature Walk for free. Visit the Elephant seals or Monarch Grove. It's all close by. But the Museum is the perfect starting point to gather information, and collect maps and learn about natural history. All our visitors start at the Museum when they come to town.
Written January 15, 2005
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NANCY W
Paso Robles Wine Region, CA115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
The best tip I can give you is that if you have a camping reservation at the adjacent Morro Bay State Park, you get free entry to the museum. If they fail to give you the coupon, ask the park ranger at the kiosk for one & you get in free one time for your group. The museum also has a movie theater where they show nature movies on the area. The inside has good exhibits on tides, sea creatures, birds, the estuary, and more. You can spend an hour there & then walk around outside. It can be very windy sometimes, and foggy. There are restrooms outside the museum that are open to the public if you are just walking around the area. If you would like a good hot drink afterward, the Albertsons downtown has a Starbucks inside it.
Written May 7, 2013
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Teesa
Arizona367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Free for children and only 2.00 to get in for adults. We spent some time here and the people who work here are so nice and helpful. There is alot of hands on activities here for children.
There is also a tide book you can pick up for free that tells you when the low tides come in, this is great if you are wanting to go look at some tidepools in the area.
They have a gift shop as well. My kids picked up a geo for a 1.25 and a morro bay museum pouch for 1.00 you are suppossed to load up with polished rocks, but my kids loaded them with sea shells and polished rocks from the beach. If you go towards the back they have a tidepool exhibit and the person working there will also give you a pair of binoculars to go outside and look at the bay, we spotted seals swimming and kayakers. They even have kiddie binoculars.
its a fun place, after that, stay on the road towards the camp ground and marina and head over to Montana De Oro state park.
Written August 5, 2007
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Aieaboy
Sacramento9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location, location, location. The museum is located in Morro Bay State Park, on a bluff, over looking the bay. Spectacular views of the bay and the "Rock". Quiet and serene location. Interactive museum exhibits geared for kids ages 4 and up. Highly recommended if you have children. Very reasonable fees, adults $2 and kids are free. Well worth the 1.5 mile trip from downtown Morro Bay. Shouldn't take you more than an hour to visit. Clean bathrooms. Make sure you go to the outside balcony, located at the rear of the museum, for a spectacular view.
Written November 2, 2008
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Barbara H
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We spent a month in Morro Bay, visiting from Michigan, and went on several hikes sponsored by the Museum of Natural History. Birding, plant id, the oak forest, tidal pools and the salt marsh...all of the docents were so knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed every hike and learned something new each time. THANK YOU to the docents we met and had so much fun with. You made our visit so enjoyable!!!
Written December 10, 2019
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AndrewMark44
Napa Valley, CA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The volunteer staff, Tyler, was very helpful. We especially like the 99 % complete minke whale and the display of local birds.
Written May 4, 2019
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UncleNormy
Taft, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Title says it, if the front desk doesn't know go see the help desk at the back. Excellent displays of birds, skeletons of seals, small minke whale, etc. You can use their binoculars to view the bay. They can also direct you to other natural areas nearby. Many guided walks are on weekend, but they also have some midweek, at least during summer. Climb the 50? Foot rock hill just outside museum for excellent view. For higher vantage, ask how to get to Black Hill, located in the golf course across street, about 1500 feet, but you can drive up 2/3 of that, approx. Nearly as tall as Morro rock, taller than the power plant stacks!
Written September 26, 2015
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