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.

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


Mark your calendars!


Evening Lecture Thursday - November 16th from 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Tree Rings and Redwoods. Get the latest on tree ring research with local dendrochronologist, Allyson Carroll. Allyson is a research associate at Humboldt State and part of Dr. Sillett's team. She has done a lot of analyses regarding tree rings and climate change and currently works for Save the Redwoods League. She will also talk about tree rings in general and what they can reveal. Donations are appreciated.

Our beehive is back and is doing well!

Can you spot the queen in this picture?


Thank you to all of our participants and their families for supporting us during our youth summer workshops. Please check back for future educational opportunities!



Thanks go out to all that participated in our wildlife tracking workshops with Phil Johnston. They were a HUGE success and some of us are hooked!

We plan on offering them again beginning in February 2018. Please check back with us if interested.


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.

A new dinosaur is here, 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!


Come and see our big fish, 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 store is always open for unique, fun, and educational items. It's free!


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

Click here to see some our newest items

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
  • Office desk
  • 2" self-standing non-illuminated magnifier
  • Apple vga adapter for projector
  • New cash register
  • 4-drawer filing cabinet
  • classroom audio/visual equipment
  • 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 and always appreciated!


Our school programs will be available soon. For more information on what we offer, please go to our programs link.

Thank you Dayna for painting our nautilus sign!


Link to past Discovery Day 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.