Natural History Museum

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Come visit the HSU Natural History Museum at 1242 G Street Arcata!

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm.

Admission costs $15 family (2 adults and 4 kids) $6 adults, $3 seniors, students, and kids 3 years old and above. Toddlers are free. Our gift store is a fun place to explore and it is free!

Check out some of the new items in our store!

You can now donate directly to us online. Just click here!

Our next evening lecture is Friday, Dec. 7th. 7 - 8:15 p.m in our new learning laboratory (portable bldg).

Where'd the Porcupines Go?

Presented by Tim Bean, associate professor.
 Once common, porcupines have become a rare site in Humboldt County over the past 20 years. There are many theories about what may have caused this decline, but very little is known even about their natural history. In this talk, Tim will review what porcupines do to survive in the unique coastal forests of California, how this might explain why they've become so rare, and what that means for the future.


Please arrive early for a good seat.

To download a lecture flyer coming

TEACHERS: We are offering grade K-6 formal educational programs lead by our education interns. Please go to our programs page for more information.


WE HAVE A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP: Our store has fun, unique, nature-oriented gifts for young and old. We have shells, minerals, fossils, books, identification guides, replicas, science kits, stuffed animals, and many other educational items. Shopping is always free.


WE APPRECIATE OUR MEMBERS! At the family level or above ($60) you automatically join the ASTC Passport Program and can get in free to hundreds of other museums and science centers around the country. Please go to the memberships link for more information.

Look Closer!... We have two new additions to the museum.

Meet Deinonychus. This is a member of the raptor group. Our specimen is life sized, and related to the Velociraptors! It's name means "terrible claw" and you can see why! Donated by Gail and Rich Paselk. THANK YOU!

Meet Martin the marlin! This Striped Marlin was donated by Cindy Engle and her husband Steve, who caught it 30 years ago off the coast of Cabo San Lucus, in Baja Mexico. THANK YOU!


Our honeybee exhibit is temporarily closed.


WISH LIST: We depend on community support. Your financial and item contributions sustain the HSU Natural History Museum for our community. We are a non-profit organization.

  • New office desk
  • Portable sink for our classroom.
  • Donated carpentry skills for improving exhibits
  • Bathroom wall cabinet (24"x32 or 36")
  • Custom sign for the south facing museum wall
  • 2" self-standing non-illuminated magnifier
  • 4-drawer filing cabinet
  • rolling wooden stands or custom made wooden stands for heavy specimens (rolling either 12x12" or 12x16")
  • Office supplies such as ink cartridges, laminate, sharpies, foam core, sturdy velcro, and much more!

We depend on community support. Monetary donations can be received in person, on the phone, online or mailed to 1242 G. St., Arcata, CA 95521

Click here to make an online donation

Please call the front desk for more information!

Financial contributions are tax deductible and always appreciated!


We continue to update our exhibits. Please come visit us soon.

SRL The mission of the museum, through its collections, exhibits, and programs, is to inspire an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic natural world. By exploring the museum, we hope visitors are inspired to get out and explore other magical places in northwest California. We also hope to provide a learning laboratory for Humboldt State University students. Please take a tour and send any suggestions to the webmaster.