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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Worth a visit to

Located in mid-county on the coast, this little museum fits into local culture and is nestled in a... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2018
Capitola, California
Interesting small museum

Noticed the museum was open as we were driving past. We turned around to go and see it and were... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2016
Rita R
Oakland, California
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Jan 6, 2018
“Worth a visit to”
Nov 1, 2016
“Interesting small museum”
This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.
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1305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3722
+1 831-420-6115
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Located in mid-county on the coast, this little museum fits into local culture and is nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Well-worth a visit to.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed November 1, 2016

Noticed the museum was open as we were driving past. We turned around to go and see it and were very pleasantly surprised. It is well laid out, the exhibits are clean, well-labeled and coherent. Spent a very pleasant 45 minutes here.

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Rita R
Reviewed October 1, 2016

All of the other reviews are right. This is a superb small museum, the staff is great and the exhibits frequently change. Apparently the schools all know it because a lot of teachers bring their classes here, even from as far away as San Jose....More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Caliber01
Reviewed September 10, 2016

This museum has old fashioned exhibits of wildlife from the Santa Cruz area. There is a nice small gift shop and activities for young children.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank janicealbert
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank JeriLG
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.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Chase B
Reviewed November 13, 2015

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

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank cuestaroble
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...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Sammie N
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.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Ramiro P
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!

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank LaurCat
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