Natural History Museum

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

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm.

Save the Dates!

Evening Lectures beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23rd: Dr. Richard Botlzer will talk about the results of a citizen science project monitoring the health of local amphibian populations using local school kids.

Link to the Frog Lecture Flier:

Friday, March 3rd: The history and importance of wildlife tracking with Phillip Johnston followed by an ongoing tracking workshop on March 4th (see information below).

Thursday, Mar. 23rd: Marie Antoine, an HSU lecturer, will journey through the extraordinary world of lichens.

Thursday, Apr. 20th: Chris West, biologist, will give us an update on the Yurok condor release program and some history on condors.

BEGINNING MARCH 4TH.... THERE WILL BE A WILDLIFE TRACKING WORKSHOP THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH: We are co-sponsoring a Tracking Workshop along with the Sequoia Park Zoo with professional tracker, Phillip Johnston from 9:30am - 3:30pm. Locations will vary. Members, students, and seniors receive a discount. You can call now to reserve your space (707) 826-4479. Limited to 20 people.

Meet at the Natural History Museum at 9am. Stay tuned for more information about what to bring, where the workshop will take place, how to carpool and more.

CLICK HERE for the Tracking Workshop Flier:


Our store is always open for unique, fun, and educational items.


We have rocks, magnets, figurines, fossils, exploratory kits, stuffed animals, experiments, microscopes, rock tumblers, and lots of indentification guides and books for all ages.


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.

  • A new desktop computer (windows compatible)
  • Bathroom wall cabinet (24"x32 or 36")
  • Custom sign for the south facing museum wall
  • Folding tables and chairs for our new classroom
  • Sturdy work table
  • 2" self-standing non-illuminated magnifier
  • Apple vga adapter for projector
  • 12 volt battery for our Dewalt drill (model DW9072)
  • New cash register
  • 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!

Cash 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 are always appreciated!


We hope to have school programs available Spring 2017 in our new Learning Laboratory (portable classroom). For more information on what we offer, please go to our programs link.


Our bee exhibit is temporarily closed.

Our queen is healthy, but the workers were out of food. They are staying warm and cozy in their hive until the weather improves. We hope to have them back soon.

Can you spot the queen in this picture?


Thank you Dayna for painting our nautilus sign!


Link to past Discovery Day Flyer

Link to our last Lecture Series flyer


We have new store items!

Looking through our store is always free.

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.