Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH) has been connecting people to the wonders of nature for over 100 years. Located above Seabright Beach, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse plant, animal, and human communities from the shoreline of Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We strive to fulfill our mission to connect people to nature and inspire stewardship of the natural world through an array of educational programs and exhibits focused on natural and cultural history of our region.

1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95062






Upcoming Events

Naturalist Night: Replacing Your Lawn on a Budget

Want to replace your lawn with a native plant garden? Curious about the City’s lawn replacement rebate program? Then our upcoming Naturalist Night speakers...

10/18 7pm
Museum of the Macabre: an Evening of Creatures, Curiosities and Cocktails

Come in costume to this party and explore the mysteries of the Museum after dark. Imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails, feast on freakish foods and tour our...

10/27 7pm
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir

Have you ever played the board game clue? Come to the MAH and play a live action version for a thrilling and riddle-packed Murder Mystery Game Day. Unravel...

10/28 11am

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