Natural History Museum

Combine your outdoor adventures with a follow up investigation at the Local Natural History Exhibit in the museum, and then move on to the fossils.  
Many exhibits are hands-on including microscopes, computer programs, touch drawers and a fossil dig box. The HSU Natural History Museum exhibits a world-class collection of over 2,000 fossils as well as displays on local natural history. Fossils range from tiny trilobites to mammoth tusks covering millions of years of life on earth.
Stunning casts on long term loan from the Cal Academy are: a 10-ft lower leg bone from an Ultrasaurus; and a large skull of prehistoric fish Dunkleosteus.  
Regional exhibits highlight the best of nature on the North Coast including birds, insects, minerals and more! Interactive exhibits such as our touch-table and discovery boxes get all ages involved in learning. Educational programs, workshops and field trips are offered year-round. 


Life Through Time

The Museum's fossils collections comprise one of the great strengths of our exhibits. This series of thirteen display cases illustrates the evolution of the Earth and life from the origin of Earth to the present day.

Local Natural History
The Museum continually adds new specimens and exhibits (including live animals) to help visitors understand and appreciate our local environment. Watch for Museum sponsored classes and field trips as well.

Living Exhibits
See live local animals including: northern alligator lizard, western toads, Pacific tree frogs, Northwestern salamanders, rough skinned newts and a wide variety of tidepool organisms from sea stars to sculpins! Other exhibits with live animals are our living honey bee hive and the walking stick exhibits.
Interactive Exhibits
The Museum encourages you to touch and interact with many of our exhibits. There is a fossil dig box, three interactive computer kiosks, fossil touch shelves, Discovery Boxes and more!
Fossil Focus Exhibits
Explore our collections in more detail in cases devoted to one specific group of organisms such as Trilobites, Echinoderms, Plants, Insects, Stromatolites and more.

Prehistoric Mammals of the Cenozoic Exhibit
Learn the story of mammal evolution in North America as illustrated by some fantastic specimens including a complete Archaeotherium skull, mammoth and mastodon teeth and the jaw and teeth of the early horse Hyracotherium.

Biodiversity Exhibits
Biodiversity – Our Priceless and Threatened Resource is our newest exhibit that explains biodiversity in terms of our local environment. Learn what you can do to help preserve Biodiversity.

Museum Store
The Museum store features an array of nature-themed educational books, toys, jewelry and more.
The great white shark and the quetzalcoatlus are still in the old building which is now housed by Redwood Capital Bank. Folks are encouraged to come by and see these two life-sized amazing exhibits kitty-corner to us.
Next to Emerald City Laundry on 12th and G St., across from Wildberries.



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Arcata, CA  95521

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  • Members free - $6 Adult, $3 Child, Families $15
  • Regular hours Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Special programs on Saturdays go to website to find out more.
  • See a 10-ft lower leg bone from an Ultrasaurus