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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2612
+1 831-648-5716
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Fun for the family and educational

Starting with the kid friendly giant whale statue out front this small museum has a lot to interest... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2014
Pacific Grove, California
A must visit, with or without kids

We stumbled on this on a mother-daughter weekend away. First, no admission fee which is impressive... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2014
Laura F
San Francisco, California
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The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world. Its mission is to inspire discover, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. This Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.
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165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2612
+1 831-648-5716
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Starting with the kid friendly giant whale statue out front this small museum has a lot to interest families.The displays add a dimension to your observations from life along the coast and there is a charming native plant garden that features a human sized "nest"...More

1  Thank poroyart
Reviewed 15 June 2014

We stumbled on this on a mother-daughter weekend away. First, no admission fee which is impressive these days. Second, the docents are very helpful and knowledgable. We loved the exhibits, especially the bird exhibit which was perfect for us to help identify birds we have...More

1  Thank Laura F
Reviewed 13 June 2014

To really see the exhibits, give yourself 2 hours. If you don't, you won't get much out of it. There is a lot to read. It's interesting seeing and learning about local wildlife, etc.

1  Thank Jamaica_Jeff
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We always enjoy visiting our local museum and it's a great place to take friends that are visiting. Of course, we need our daily Sandy fix. The changing exhibits are always great, we loved the Monarch exhibits and of course, we love the gift store...More

Thank Sara M S
Reviewed 15 May 2014

We always stop here when we vacation in Pacific Grove. They have wonderful stuffed birds, animals, and marine life, that are easy to access and to look at. We even went to a free evening reception for the current exhibit of local paintings. Check it...More

Thank travelbunnystlouis
Reviewed 8 March 2014

The PG Museum of Natural History is a great little museum with lots of local themed exhibits, as well as special ones from farther away. Quite often they have special kids programs as well. A very nice book shop is open with all kinds of...More

Thank NatalieGray
Reviewed 8 March 2014

There are lots of displays of wildlife of the area, and some hands-on items for the children to handle. The staff are helpful and answer questions. Check out the whale's eyeball. Admission is free although they gladly accept donations.

Thank 1272skidoo
Reviewed 7 March 2014

We always seem to catch great changing exhibit when we are there. They really highlight aspects of the Monterey Bay Area. They have a small but excellent gift shop for picking up gifts for the kids at home. On top of all that it is...More

1  Thank Bay-Area-Grandma
Reviewed 2 March 2014

We randomly decided to check out this museum and we were glad we did! As other people have noted, what a nice surprise! For a small, local museum, they've definitely done a great job in putting the exhibits together! We will be back. Admission was...More

Thank Andrea W
PGMuseum, Community Outreach Manager at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2014

We're thrilled to hear you had such a great time at the Museum. Thank you for your support, donations support our programs and help other visitors have the same great experience you did.

Reviewed 26 February 2014

We stumbled upon this natural history museum while walking around Pacific Grove, during a B& B week-end. Very nice collection of local flora & fauna, and friendly docents to explain the history of the area. A nice way to spend a few leisurely hours.

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