Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay

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The Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, California, United States, opened in 1962.
The museum sits on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay estuary, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a view of Morro Rock. It is the only natural history museum in the California State Park system.
From 1993 through 2002, the museum was remodeled in a three phase modernization project, with exhibits by Exhibitgroup Giltspur, which has also created exhibits for the Smithsonian and J. Paul Getty museums. Interactive displays focus on the ecology of the Morro Bay estuary, including building a sand dune, operating the hydrologic cycle and creating food chains.
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  • oh my goodness. This is a place that's not advertised enough for tourists. The hiking trail leading up to the museum is too beautiful. I have been to Morro Bay a couple of time, but only walked...  more »
  • The Morro Bay museum of Natural History is a must see destination location. The museum is full of hands on, educational displays that teach adults and children. Want to know your carbon footprint...  more »
  • This museum is not large and has an admission fee to match. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The exhibits were pretty much all oriented towards the local area's coastal life.  more »
  • Great small Natural History Museum with wonderful views. The Museum is located at Morro Bay State park and is easy to access with good parking. There are many interactive displays and good hands on exhibits for children of all ages to explore. They were showing a video on the California Sea Otters which was very informative. The Museum staff is very helpful and friendly. Admission prices are modest.
  • It seems to be a small space but it's smartly organized and filled with so much interesting facts; utilizing many hands-on activities and colorful displays. The staff is friendly. Restrooms are clean. There's a small hike here too, with a wonderful view of Morro Bay.
  • Great place! Staff are very friendly and informative. The views of the bay are stunning. Its geared towards kids, but there is plenty for adults to enjoy, as well.
  • Really enjoyed the tour. Norma (I believe that was her name) was so funny! She explained so much about the history of the bay and how it was, came to be, and how it may end up in the future so well! She was full so informative and spunky! Loved her tour!! The museum itself was geared mostly to children so we didnt enjoy it as much. Great place for littles!
  • Fantastic place! So educational and so interactive. Worth your time.

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