First Friday

Every first Friday of the month the Museum hosts free opportunities to engage with our local natural history. Whether celebrating a new exhibit or bringing together community members to share their expertise, these events are always free and open to the public — all ages are welcome. Enjoy free admission throughout the day, with special events 5-7 p.m.


March First Friday: Herpetology Happy Hour

Friday, March 6 | 5-7 p.m.
Free Admission

Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Admission is free all day 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with this special event occurring 5-7 p.m.

Pop on by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a free open house event celebrating the world of the creeping and the crawling.

Santa Cruz is a herpetologist’s happy place, home to salamanders, newts, frogs, turtles, snakes, and lizards galore. Explore (and handle!) a slew of slithering friends during this “Herpetology Happy Hour.”

What to expect:

  • Live animalsyes, please touch!
  • Local expertshave your questions at the ready!
  • Specimens from the Museum’s Collectionsrarely on display!
  • Complimentary drinks & snacksit is a “happy hour” after all!
  • Free admission to the Museumall day long!
  • Easy accessdrop-by for herp-happenings anytime 5-7 p.m.!

In partnership with Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and Watsonville Wetlands Watch.



Do you have an idea for a future First Friday? Let us know at events@santacruzmuseum.org.