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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Small Museum but your experience will be enjoyable

I've been here numerous times and still enjoy the experience. Most of the exhibits are permanent... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
San Jose, California
Great place to visit for local history

Probably a 1-1/2 to 2 hour museum. Eclectic collection, some local stuff, some not (collections... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2018
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The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world. Its mission is to inspire discover...more
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165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2612
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

I've been here numerous times and still enjoy the experience. Most of the exhibits are permanent. The change exhibit is usually quite enjoyable to view.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2018

Probably a 1-1/2 to 2 hour museum. Eclectic collection, some local stuff, some not (collections from local people). Really nicely done; enjoyed it a lot.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

Outside a large whale sculpture invites passersby to ponder this slug-like giant of the sea. This is a well-maintained treasure in Pacific Grove.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

I always love museums, and this one is great. I love that it has displays of all our local fauna, bird and animal life. It's quite fascinating and I love being able to know what I'm seeing on my walks around PG. They have a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 21, 2018

For a small town this is a surprising treasure. Our visit was fortunately timed to coincide with the west coast wild flower show. Fun to compare various plants to those growing in your hometown. Butterfly and pollinator garden outside. Very nice collection of mounted birds,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

A small well done museum with exhibits focused on the Monterey Peninsula. Exhibits include local geology, birds, and butterflies.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

This wonderful museum has a little bit of everything Pacific Coast. There's a big grizzly bear in the center, although there haven't been grizzlies in California in a century or more. The exhibits are informative, well interpreted and fascinating. The garden in the center is...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

My husband and I were surprised by how engrossing and enjoyable we found this museum. We expected to do a quick run thru and exit in half an hour. Instead we found ourselves lingering over exhibit after exhibit. We have gotten more interested in birds...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank lolly63
Reviewed March 7, 2018

Fun hour or two to learn about Monterey animal and plants. Best sand collection ever. We went on free day but would have paid!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank lwdooley
Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

You’ll find a wealth of information in this small museum. It was amazing to find out how many species are native to this area. A great place to visit before taking hikes or other excursions.

Date of experience: September 2017
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