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“Nice for a free museum in a quaint town, native plants area great, museum good for kids, friendly volunteer,”

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
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Owner description: 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, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. This Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Reviewed November 6, 2010

Nice for a free museum in a quaint town. The outdoor native plants area in the back is great--there's a nice large egg papasan type enclosure made of wood that makes a cute photo opportunity. The museum's particularly useful for kids, as it's a bit elementary for adults, but it was still a neat place to see fossils and specimens of native insects, and animal species.

A very friendly volunteer was at the front desk on the Saturday we visited.
It's free admission, so we donated just a dollar for the fun diversion. Plenty of free 90 minute street parking available. There's a pretty gazebo in the park across the street.

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Reviewed August 8, 2009

We stopped here in the am to investigate it. Admission is free. Lots of stuffed animals that you'd never get to see that close up otherwise. Small gift shop, local historical culture photos and items. Back yard is undergoing major renovation. Pacific Grove Visitor center is conveniently located adjacent to museum. Shopping is a block away on the main street.

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Reviewed July 26, 2008

This is a charming place. Just the right size for the subject matter covered, and just the right size for kids. They won't be over-powered by the experience; no frenetic crowds or loud, frighening displays. The only dark and scary place isn't: it's a closet-sized room for the phosphorescent rocks. There is a small, no pressure gift shop with quality items in a goodly range of prices.
Sandy, the whale outside, is great for climbing. We have photos of the kids growing up beside/upon her (him?)
It's free, but like most publicly supported museums could sure use your donation.
Be sure to write a check for the donation box, or the IRS won't allow the deduction.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012
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