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“Nice Little Museum”

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Ranked #25 of 92 things to do in Santa Cruz
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Owner description: This museum's exhibits feature Ohlone Native American artifacts and local flora and fauna.
Reviewed 2 May 2014

It is not fancy. It is tiny. But displays are very information. Enough interactive displays for the kids. Has great info on the region. Staff very friendly. My son enjoyed. It a lot. Not a all day thing but about a hour or two to get through

1  Thank drisaudi
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This is a cute local natural history museum. Check the schedule, as the first Friday of the month is usually free. Even if you pay, the cost is minimal. It is a great place to bring children, with exhibits that change in the front room. The local Indian mural and display as well as the local animal exhibit are permanent. These seemed a little dated.THere is a small tide pool display that allows a "hands on" experience for visitors as well as an enclosed display with live bees..
Parking on the side street is free and you can go into the museum to get a free pass for an area of permit parking. There is a small gift shop with items that children love.
I went with a three year old and she enjoyed the visit. There was a lot to talk about and things that she could touch. The visit is self guided. I would recommend the museum . We spent about 45 minutes inside.

1  Thank MerryTravels11
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

One of my favorite spots in Santa Cruz. Some Fridays they have free admittance and activities.
They have three floors, but my favorite is the rooftop, which has several statues, a waterfall, and a very modest 'garden'. The roof is often quiet, a good place to study or have conversations about what has one viewed in the previous floors of the museum. Also, delicious scents often waft over from the nearby Palomar.
The Museum is beautiful, and I view it with a certain amount of sanctity. I love the quiet atmosphere coupled with the art and rotation of the galleries (although one of gallery that houses most of the actual history of Santa Cruz rarely changes, which is also peaceful).

Thank CourtUCSC
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Exhibits change periodically, so if you wait long enough the experience will be brand new. The gift shop is unique with local artist's creations and priced very affordable.

The staff and docents seem knowledgeable and the stuffed animals are impressive.

Thank AmyJune H
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Great place to take children, and a wonderful place for teachers and lovers of local history. Great displays. There is a lending library so folks can borrow sets of materials for classrooms.

1  Thank liquid_elements
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