Natural History Museum

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

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm.

You can now donate directly to the museum online. Go to the bottom of this page and click!

Evening Lectures beginning at 7 p.m.

TOMORROW NIGHT! Mar. 23rd: Lichens and Bryophytes: Explorations in the Botanical Microcosm by Marie Antoine, a HSU lecturer and canopy researcher. Come learn about these often overlooked yet fascinating organisms.

Link to the Lichen Lecture Flier:

Thursday, Apr. 20th: Chris West, biologist, will give us an update on the Yurok condor release program and some history on condors. You won't want to miss this one.



WORKSHOPS are from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. lead by PROFESSIONAL TRACKER extraordinaire, PHIL JOHNSTON.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! Limited to 20 people.

$25 regular admission, discounts apply for members, seniors, and HSU students.

For more information, please see the workshop flier below.

To sign up, please call us or mail in the online reservation form.

Our next tracking workshop will be held APRIL 1ST. These workshops are co-sponsored by the Sequoia Park Zoo. Locations will vary depending on the weather. You can call now to reserve your space (707) 826-4479.

For all participants, please bring good walking shoes, food, water, and perhaps some rain gear depending on the weather. We encourage carpooling.

CLICK HERE for the Tracking Workshop Flier:

CLICK HERE to download a mail-in registration form:



SAVE THE DATE! Earth and Space Discovery Day, Saturday, April 22nd from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum. This will be a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing universe we live in. $5 per participant, $2 for NHM members. There will be telescopes, hands-on activites, prizes, and more!

Link to Earth and Space Discovery Day flier here:

Our store is always open for unique, fun, and educational items. It's free!


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 hive will be in place soon!

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.