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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3722
Phone Number: 831-420-6115
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Hidden Treasure

While hidden, this does have a huge whale at the entrance. There are numerous exhibits with natural wildlife and local facts. Highly encourage for families and children to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2016
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

While hidden, this does have a huge whale at the entrance. There are numerous exhibits with natural wildlife and local facts. Highly encourage for families and children to see nature preserved.

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Thank JeriLG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Every year this place is the highlight of school age children to connect to nature and environment. How food were gathered, the type of living, and their co-existing with nature.

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Thank Chase B
Mariposa, California
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186 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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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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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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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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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 Brin651
Windsor, California
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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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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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