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                  

Science Saturday: Cool Cats

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
165 Forest Ave
Venue: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Type: Special Events
Location: United States
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Can you leap as far as a bobcat or pull as much weight as a mountain lion? Test your abilities and learn what makes these cats such cool predators. Compare their differences and similarities, examine skulls and real bobcat fur, as well as other activities! Join us for a fun day of crafts and activities as we explore all ... more

Steelhead lecture: From Ridgetop to Wavetop

7pm-8:30 p.m.
165 Forest Ave
Venue: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Type: Special Events
Location: United States
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Join the Museum for an illustrated presentation about steelhead trout, a unique species for which the environment determines how different individual fish develop. In a talk titled “From Ridgetop to Wavetop,” NOAA fisheries biologist Sean Hayes will discuss the life history decisions, habitat use, ocean migra... more

Wildflower Show

04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015
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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