Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave , Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone  (831) 648-5716
Fax  (831) 648-5755

Established in 1883, as the Chautauqua Museum, the Museum was created to house collections of nature’s wonders and to make them available for study.  Join us today by coming to explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make the California Central Coast region unique in the world. The Museum's permanent exhibitions that showcase the unique and curious aspects of the natural history of the California Central Coast.  Some of our permanent exhibits include one of the most extensive bird collections on display on the West Coast, exhibits on whales, mollusks, mammals, Native Americans and a native plant garden.  We also have a rotating exhibit that changes every 4-6 months.  We will gladly arrange free field trips for school groups and can host other groups for fun and engaging educational tours.  Additionally,  the Museum hosts periodic lectures and classes offered by internationally acclaimed scientists and local scientific institutions.

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Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Downstairs Education Room 0 X 0       571.00                  
Museum Library 0 X 0       322.00         0          
Special Exhibit Hall - A/V available 0 X 0       1763.00         0         140  
Upstairs Education Room 0 X 0       675.00                  

Free screening of "The Future of Energy"

02/11/2015
7:00-8:30 PM
165 Forest Ave
Venue: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Type: Special Events
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"The Future of Energy" is a powerful documentary which captures the renewable revolution that is sweeping the country -- and what everyday people are doing to help foster this transition. A short update on how our own region is poised to join the movement through the Monterey Bay Solar Collaborative will follow... more

Monarch Butterfly Lecture

02/07/2015
3-4:30 p.m.
165 Forest Ave
Venue: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Type: Special Events
Location: United States
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The Museum will host Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. The lecture, titled “The National Effort to Save Monarch Butterflies,” is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Jepsen is expected to discuss current monarch research, and the reasons behind a ... more

Night Owl: The Science of Seduction

02/14/2015
7-11 p.m.
165 Forest Ave
Venue: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Type: Special Events
Location: United States
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Discover the secret love lives of animals this Valentine's Day at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Join us in exploring the Science of Seduction, from fascinating courtship displays to strange mating rituals, at this fun adults-only (18+)* evening event. Grab a drink, enjoy music, and take a closer look at ou... more

Wildflower Show

04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
10am-5pm
165 Forest Ave
Venue: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Type: Special Events
Location: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
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Don't miss this rare opportunity to view over 600 species and varieties of Central Coast wildflowers. The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society partners with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History to make this Wildflower Show the largest in the Northern and Western Hemispheres in terms of numbe... more

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