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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!

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

Our next free evening lecture is Friday, October 19th from 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m in our learning laboratory.

Beyond the Teeth: Fossil Cartilage & Shark Evolution

Presented by Allison Bronson, zoology lecturer at HSU. DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED.


The last wildlife tracking workshop for the season with Phil Johnston will be SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th. For a positive experience, space is limited. We cannot guarantee your space until payment is received. Please call us or come by to reserve your spot 707-826-4479. Once registered, please meet at the museum at 9 a.m . Classes are in the field and usually go until 4:00 p.m. Specific location TBA.

Help us post! Here is a new updated flyer.

These walks get you tuned into the secret world of our local wildlife (and some domestic) by bringing back a lost art. Attending one or more can be an amazing experience. Phil Johnston is a natural teacher and is passionate about wildlife. You are guaranteed to find tracks as you look for other signs such as bones, scat, markings, mannerisms, gates, etc.

$25 regular, $20 museum members, $15 seniors & HSU students,

Family $50 (two adults and 2 kids).

Sorry under most situations we cannot give refunds.

Attendees will need to wear good shoes, bring a lunch, water, coat, hat, sunscreen, etc.

To download a registration form click here


Our store is a great place to find fun, unique nature gifts, for young and old. We have shells, minerals, fossils, books, identification guides, microscopes, science kits, stuffed animals, and many other educational items.


WE APPRECIATE OUR MEMBERS! At the family level or above ($60) you automatically join the ASTC and can get in free or at reduced rates 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!

Below see our latest revised exhibit done by Anthropology intern (2017) Frida Fuentes who volunteered her time to get it done! Thank you Frida.

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.