Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History logo.The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has connected people to the wonders of nature for over 100 years.

Located above Seabright Beach, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse plant, animal, and human communities from the shoreline of Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Museum strives to fulfill its mission of connecting people with nature and science to inspire stewardship of the natural world through an array of educational programs and exhibits focused on the natural and cultural history of our region.

Historically, this was the first museum in Santa Cruz, dating back to 1904 with the founding collection of Santa Cruz lighthouse keeper and naturalist, Laura Hecox. Today the Museum features educational, hands-on exhibits for children, families and adults who are curious about the world they live in and the natural history of one of the most scenic locations on the California coast. Many locals know the Museum by the life-size gray whale statue, created in 1982, that rests near its entrance, between Tyrrell Park and Seabright State Beach.

To find out more, visit the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History website

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 420-6115

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