Collections

Laura Hecox shell collectionCollections are the very heart of being a Museum. The meticulous preservation of biological, ethnographic, and historic artifacts allows for the creation of educational and informative exhibits. Even more importantly, these items act as a window into the past and are preserved for our community for the future. Due to the Museum’s size only a small percentage of our collections are on display at any given time, but the collection currently contains over 16,000 specimens and artifacts.

 

Some aspects of the Museum’s collection can be accessed for scholarly study.  For more information regarding access for study, contact the Museum with your request at (831) 420-6115. Artists are always welcome to study and draw specimens on display to the public.

 

The founding collection of the Museum, shells and other marine life collected at the turn of the century by lighthouse keeper Laura Hecox, are currently on display in the Museum gallery.

 

Interested in donating items to our collection or funds to support its preservation? Contact Dan Harder at (831) 420-6115 ex.16

 

Collection Contents

Types of Objects

Approx. #

% Exhibited

Natural History    
    Fossils

1,500

9.5%
    Shells

4,000

3%
    Minerals

700

4%
    Animals

1,100

9%
    Insects

2,000

6%
Ethnography

3,750

3%
History

3,100

7%
Fine Arts

500

2%
Surfing Museum

150

26%
TOTAL

16,800

4%