Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove

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The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is a museum of natural history located near the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Pacific Grove, California, United States. The museum is a living field guide of the California Central Coast showcasing local native plants, animals, geology, and cultural histories.

The museum opened its doors in 1883 among the first wave of natural history museums established in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir and Louis Agassiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation.

The museum is accredited with the American Alliance of Museums.
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  • Although the musuem was closed due to the virus, we enjoyed seeing the outdoor exhibits such as the rock whale and the nature gardens. We visited in May 2020. We hope to come back when the museum...  more »
  • We've traveled often over many years to the Monterey Peninsula but this was our first time here. What a find! We love small museums which with well-displayed and explained local information. This...  more »
  • The staff was friendly. The exhibits were interesting and informative. The garden was rich and refreshing. It was a great way to spend an hour / hour and a half.
  • So sweet! Kind and enthusiastic staff with a charming, informative, and thoughtfully-curated collection. The current Birds of Monterey exhibit was a treat, and the garden of indigenous flora is a wonderful, picturesque little space. Engaging for kids and adults alike, and for either a quick pass at the butterflies or an hour or two of delving into the curiosities and taxidermy techniques.

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