Featured Exhibits

Santa Cruz Naturalist

Man showing young child the tidepoolExplore what it means to be a naturalist in Santa Cruz County and get your hands wet as you examine local marine life in our brand new intertidal touch pool.  Learn about the Museum’s beginnings with lighthouse keeper Laura Hecox more than 100 years ago, and see what it means to be a collector. Through hands-on explorations with real specimens in our nature lab, visitors of all ages will discover the wonder of our region’s natural history and recognize the naturalist within themselves. This is the first permanent gallery renovation in over 20 years and is part of a larger project to update the Museum’s exhibits. Learn more.