Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz

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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 class...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • June 21, 2016
    Not awesome.. But definitely more exciting than I expected it to be. My kids are fortunately at the age where they were excited to explore the animals and cool natural history. We went to be able to park in there space next to the beach.. No lot but designated street parking... Although most people got a ticket for not noticing.. They also have this life size whale sculpture out front that is amazing to realize the real life size... I enjoyed this Lil pass threw.
  • March 16, 2017
    Nice building, great proximity to the beach and kids love to climb on the whale out front.
  • February 23, 2017
    I just love all of the Ohlone history here.
  • April 26, 2016
    Was an interesting place. Great for kids since they got a little pond that you can touch the fish and other creatures and the dead animals look very lively! The coyotes were my favorite 🐶
  • March 12, 2017
    Cute museum, love the whale out front.

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