Permanent Exhibits

Museum exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region and the Monterey Bay.

Mountain Lion Exhibit

Wildlife & Habitats

A showcase of the great variety of local habitats and native animals more »
Ohlone Mural

The Ohlone People

Before Europeans arrived, Native Americans in the Santa Cruz area lived closely with the land more »
butterfly in garden

Garden Learning Center

Native plants & pollinators, sustainable gardening, and water conservation more »
kids reading in book nook

Book Nook

Get comfy and settle in with some great nature-themed books and games more »
mastodon fossil dig box

Geology of Santa Cruz

Examine the fossil record and geologic past that made Santa Cruz what it is today more »
tide poll touch tank

Monterey Bay Marine Life

The mammals, invertebrates and birds that make their home in the Monterey Bay more »