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!

We'd like to extend a big thank you to Humboldt Sponsors for buying a digital document reader and for granting student waivers in 2017 and 2018.

Also, thanks go out to all of our members, patrons, business partners, and donors. Our lastest donation is a new used desk to be used by our education coordinator. We also received two new computers to be used to support our education programs in 2018.

Please scroll down to see our wish list. Any and all donations are appreciated

WILDLIFE TRACKING WORKSHOPS ARE BACK THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH UNTIL SEPTEMBER. The next one is scheduled for SATURDAY, March 2nd. Please call us to reserve your spot 826-4479.

Phil Johnston is an excellent teacher and his classes are a big hit. All animal signs from browsing, scratching, kills, tracks, scat, are observed and discussed during these all day field trips (9am - 4:30pm). Please meet at the HSU Natural History Museum as we need to take care of paperwork.

Family: $50 (2 adults, 2 children)

Adult: $25

Members: $20 (receive a discount)

Seniors (62+) and HSU students: $15

For a positive experience, we limited classes to 20 people. If interested, come by or give us a call today at 826-4479 and we can sign you up with a credit card. Sorry all charges are non-refundable under most circumstances.

Click here to download a wildlife tracking flyer

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

OUR STORE HAS NEW INVENTORY: Stop by and see some of our latest inventory. We have unique gifts for young and old along with sun-sensitive paper, dinosaur masks, large geode bookends, hand-made fish pins, minerals, fossils, identification guides, replicas, science kits, stuffed animals, and more!

Looking through our shop is always free.


Become a Natural History Museum member! 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.

Spring Speaker Series:

Thursday, Feb. 7th - "Sequoia Park Zoo: How a Little Zoo Can Make a Big Difference" Presented by Gretchen Zeigler

Thursday, March 7th - "Humboldt Bay and MPAs" presented by Dr. Sean Craig

Thursday, April 4th - "Local Marine Mammals" presented by Dr. Dawn Goley

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are held in our portable Learning Laboratory behind the main building.

Donations are appreciated.

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. We will be getting a new queen in Spring 2019!


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.

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!


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.