The Art of Nature

Every spring, the Museum hosts its beloved annual exhibit of scientific illustration, The Art of Nature. The exhibit highlights the work of several artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of mediums with a wide range of subjects. Meet exhibit artists on the First Friday of May  for a live demonstration of scientific illustration techniques.

The Summer Art Series

Each month in the summer, the Museum features a different local artist who is inspired by the natural world of the Santa Cruz region. Join us every First Friday June-August, from 5-7pm to meet the artists as we debut their work. FREE Admission for First Friday. LEARN MORE.

Permanent Exhibits

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, our outdoor Garden Learning Center, and our Santa Cruz Naturalist exhibit.

Special thanks to Donna Meyers and Birdie Hunter, the Pat and Kirk Smith Family, Patty Quillin, Randy Widera, Rick and Cole Jones, Santa Cruz Longboard Union, the Seaside Company, and Steve Mandel and Carol Foote for their support of our Santa Cruz Naturalist exhibit.