The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has connected people to the wonders of nature for over 100 years. Located above Seabright Beach, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse plant, animal, and human communities from the shoreline of Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We strive to fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature and science to inspire stewardship of the natural world through an array of educational programs and exhibits focused on the natural and cultural history of our region.
Get wet — at least up to your elbows — in the touch pool, featuring live local inter-tidal plants and animals.
Framed by an enormous mural depicting everyday life in an Ohlone village, the Native Peoples of Santa Cruz exhibit explores life in Santa Cruz prior to the arrival of Europeans.
The far end of the Museum hosts many exhibits representing the ecosystems and native animal life of the Santa Cruz region. Visit the live honeybee display, giving you a peek at the inside of a working hive. A beautiful live “chocolate phase” king snake gives you a close-up view of a typical resident of the coastal California region.
On display you will find… Owls, Hawks and a Golden Eagle ~ Reptiles and Amphibians ~ Foxes and Coyotes ~ Bobcat and Mountain Lion ~ Jack Rabbits and Brush Rabbits ~ Great Blue Heron and Great Egret ~ California Quail and Hummingbirds ~ Song Birds, Nests and Calls ~ Squirrels, Raccoons and Skunks ~ Monarchs and Banana Slugs