Plan Your Visit

Museum Hours

NOTICE: The Museum is currently closed until further notice in accordance with state and local ordinances.

Tuesday – Friday | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Holiday Closures: New Years Eve, New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Phone: (831) 420-6115
Email: info@santacruzmuseum.org


$4 Adult  |  $2 Seniors (over 60)  | $2 Students |  Free for Youth (under 18)
Free for Museum Members | Join Now!

Free First Friday:
Admission is free for individuals and families on the first Friday of every month. Tour reservations required for all group visits, including Free Fridays.

Planning on visiting as a large group? Due to the size of the Museum, groups of 10 or more require a reservation for a self-guided tour. Plan a Group Visit.

Photography is welcome in our galleries- consider tagging the Museum on social media (@santacruzmuseum). Artists may sketch museum specimens on exhibit, and we are happy to provide chairs or stools for your use. To sketch specimens from our collections that are not currently on exhibit, please contact collections@santacruzmuseum.org.

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Free admission for active duty military personnel (with valid ID) and their families, Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Parking is available on Pilkington Avenue or in surrounding streets. From April-September you must get a free parking permit from inside the Museum to park on the museum-side of Pilkington Ave. Be Green! Consider walking, biking, or carpooling to visit the Museum.

The Museum is located at:
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Plan Your Trip on the Santa Cruz Metro

Driving Directions:
From the North – Hwy 17
Take Hwy 17 to Ocean St.
Follow Ocean St. all the way to the end, at San Lorenzo Blvd.
Turn LEFT on San Lorenzo Blvd.
Turn RIGHT on East Cliff Dr.
Turn LEFT on Pilkington
Park on Pilkington or surrounding streets
From the North – Hwy 1/Mission Street
Take Hwy 1 South – becomes Mission Street in Santa Cruz
Turn RIGHT on Laurel Street
Turn RIGHT on San Lorenzo Blvd.
Turn RIGHT on East Cliff Dr.
Turn LEFT on Pilkington
Park on Pilkington or surrounding streets

From the South
Take Hwy 1 North to the Morrissey Blvd. exit
Turn RIGHT on Soquel
Keep to the LEFT fork to stay on Soquel:
At the yield sign, turn LEFT then turn RIGHT onto Soquel Avenue
At the next signal, turn LEFT on Seabright Avenue
Follow Seabright Avenue all the way to the end
Turn RIGHT on East Cliff Drive
Turn RIGHT on Pilkington Avenue
Park on Pilkington or surrounding streets