The Museum Permanent Exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region  and the Monterey Bay.  This includes:  Wildlife and Habitats, The Ohlone Peoples, Geology of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Marine Life, Santa Cruz Naturalist, our outdoor Garden Learning Center, and more.

We would like to thank Patty Quillin, Donna Meyers and Birdie Hunter, Rick and Cole Jones, the Pat and Kirk Smith Family, the Cathleen and Terry Eckhardt Family, Steve Mandel and Carol Foote, the Santa Cruz Longboard Union, the Santa Cruz Seaside Company, and Randy Widera for their support of the Santa Cruz Naturalist exhibit.

“Native Blue Bee” © Mattias Lanas; mattiaslanas.com

In addition to our Permanent Exhibits, every year the Museum hosts The Art of Nature.

Every April-June, the Museum hosts its beloved annual exhibit of scientific illustration. The exhibit highlights the work of several artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of mediums with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, landscapes, microorganisms, and more. We invite you to dive into the beautiful world of illustration yourself  and test your skills while drawing museum specimens at our Illustration Station. Meet exhibit artists on the First Friday of May and June for a live demonstration of scientific illustration techniques.