The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1883. It was one of the first museums of its kind in America! For the past 130 years, it has been showcasing the birds, plants and animals that live in Monterey County.
Open 10am-7pm daily
Kids 4-18 $5.95
This particular museum is set up for real fun and learning for kids as well as adults! Besides animal skeletons and a giant bear on his hind legs, there are a number of activities for kids and families. Create bird tracks in kinnetic sand, stand at the easel and draw your observations. Dig for fossils in the fossil field (shown below), touch a 2,400 pound piece of jade or sit in a giant birds nest and read a book.
You can sit on Sandy, the humpback whale that is outside the museum and take part in a scavenger hunt that ends with getting a nifty prize. The hunt can be done as a family, boys vs girls or parents vs kids! Everybody wins when learning about the animals and plants around us.
The museum is also in charge of the nearby Monarch Butterfly sanctuary. See thousands of butterflies there during migration times while they munch on milkweed and other favorite butterfly treats. You can see butterflies at the museum hanging in their chrysalis and if you are lucky enough, you will see a butterfly emerge!
The museum gives away free seeds for plants that butterflies love to eat. If you want butterflies in your garden, take a packet of seeds, plant them and wait for the butterflies to appear!
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165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Take a right onto Highway 68 as you exit the RV Park at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
Follow to Highway 1 South toward Monterey. Take the Highway 68 West Exit. (It will read Pacific Grove/Pebble Beach) Take a right and follow approximately two miles. This road turns into Forest Avenue. Follow Forest for 1 block past the downtown intersection with Lighthouse Avenue. The Museum is located at the corner of Forest and Central Avenues.Save