Natural History Museum

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

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm.


Thursday, Dec. 1st from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LECTURE: Weasels, mountain lions and marijuana: a naturalist's perspective

Phil Johnston, a professional tracker and wildlife biologist will present information on the Pacific Fisher, mountain lion, and river otter and the ecological consequences of trespass marijuana grows, with anecdotes on animal behavior. He currently works for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. You won't want to miss this one.

Note: This lecture will take place behind the Natural History Museum in our new Learning Laboratory (portable).

link to Lecture Series flyer

CLUES TO THE PAST AND PRESENT DISCOVERY DAY: Saturday, Dec. 3rd. noon - 4 p.m.

An integrative approach between hands-on learning activities, fun, and games and arts and crafts. This discovery day is an HSU student project and is centered around anthropology. Activities include an "exhibit shopping list", face painting, excavation boxes, sorting exercises, dinosaur mask making, butterfly pencils, an archaeologist's table, and a book reading followed by making an origami of a boat.

3 p.m. book reading The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home with Lori Dengler,

Discovery Day Flyer (download)


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)
  • Quality wooden shelves or cabinets for books and specimens
  • Bathroom wall cabinet (24"x32 or 36")
  • Custom sign for the south facing museum wall
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • 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 for heavy specimens (12x12", 12x16")
  • Office supplies such as ink cartridges, laminate, sharpies, foam core, sturdy velcro, and much more!

Financial contributions are tax deductible and are always appreciated!

School programs will be available Spring 2017 in our new Learning Laboratory. For more information on what we offer, please go to our programs link.

Our bee exhibit is temporarily closed. Our queen is healty, but the workers were out of food. We hope to have them back soon.

Can you spot the queen in this picture?


Thank you Dayna for painting our nautilus sign!




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We have new store items!

Link to some of our Old World Christmas ornaments available in our store.

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.