The fifty- year-old Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in the entire State Park system.  In 2002 it was completely modernized.  The old stagnent exhibits that you only stared at are out.  Instead this little treasure now has 26 hands-on exhibits, especially fun for kids. 

In the parking lot you realize you are going to see the best view of Morro Bay from any direction.  The museum sits on White's Point - a mountain that in this day and age could not be built upon due to environmental laws.  But here sits this beautiful museum, overlooking the Morro Bay estuary, with a view clear to the sandspit and across to the ocean.  It is the perfect holiday picture backdrop.  As you climb the point note that you can follow a staircase up the mountain for the truly awe-inspiring view. 

You enter the Museum through their nature store stock full of unique educational toys and gifts.  The cost is $3.00 for adults and free for kids 16 and under.  Hours are daily 10-5.  Inside you are immediatley treated to floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay. 

The exhibits are made for all ages.  Young people who cannot read can pick up a "rocky phone" made to look like a talking Morro Rock and hear what their siblings are reading.  You can learn about rain and storms and the estuary and how mankind affects nature.  The "Who eats who" game is a favorite.

Often there is a changing exhibit in the very back at the Discovery Desk with items kids can touch.  Outdoors on a deck are telescopes for the view.  In the nearby trees night herons are quietly roosting.  In the auditorium there are usually art exhibits or special traveling exhibits.

There are free docent led walks from the Museum almost daily. And there is a Discovery Map for kids and families to further understand the exhibits and win a prize.  

Find out more at www.ccspa.info.

While in the Morro Bay State Park don't miss the nearby Heron Rookery and see the birds nests, and dine at the Bayside Cafe.  Or play golf at the Morro Bay golf club.  There is also a newly renovated campround.