Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay

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The Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, California, United States, opened in 1962.
The museum sits on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay estuary, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a view of Morro Rock. It is the only natural history museum in the California State Park system.
From 1993 through 2002, the museum was remodeled in a three phase modernization project, with exhibits by Exhibitgroup Giltspur, which has also created exhibits for the Smithsonian and J. Paul Getty museums. Interactive displays focus on the ecology of the Morro Bay estuary, including building a sand dune, operating the hydrologic cycle and creating food chains.
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  • oh my goodness. This is a place that's not advertised enough for tourists. The hiking trail leading up to the museum is too beautiful. I have been to Morro Bay a couple of time, but only walked...  more »
  • The Morro Bay museum of Natural History is a must see destination location. The museum is full of hands on, educational displays that teach adults and children. Want to know your carbon footprint...  more »
  • Great small Natural History Museum with wonderful views. The Museum is located at Morro Bay State park and is easy to access with good parking. There are many interactive displays and good hands on exhibits for children of all ages to explore. They were showing a video on the California Sea Otters which was very informative. The Museum staff is very helpful and friendly. Admission prices are modest.
  • It seems to be a small space but it's smartly organized and filled with so much interesting facts; utilizing many hands-on activities and colorful displays. The staff is friendly. Restrooms are clean. There's a small hike here too, with a wonderful view of Morro Bay.

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