The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with nature and inspiring stewardship of the natural world. Historically, it is the first museum in Santa Cruz, dating back to 1904 with the collection of Santa Cruz lighthouse keeper and naturalist Laura Hecox. Today the museum features educational, hands-on exhibits for children, families and adults who are curious about the world they live in and the natural history of one of the most scenic locations on the California coast. The museum’s life-size Gray Whale model, created in 1982 and commonly adorned with playing children, sits in front of the museum and has become a cherished landmark to local residents.

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