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! New Events are here!

Saturday - September, 23rd. The last wildlife tracking workshop in our summer series (see information below).

Evening Lecture, Thursday - October 19th at 7 p.m. Learn about Luna, the famous redwood tree Julia Butterfly lived in, which is now monitored by the Sanctuary Forest and as is a symbol of sustainability, with Stuart Moskowitz.

Evening Lecture, Thursday - November 16th at 7 p.m. Dendrochronoly with Allyson Carroll who is part of professor Sillett's research team and works within HSU's Institute for Redwood Ecology.

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!


HSU is accepting applications for an educational coordinator for the musuem. For any questions please contact our director, Julie Van Sickle.


Saturday, September, 23rd we are sponsoring the last WILDLIFE TRACKING FIELD WORKSHOP. This is an all day field trip lead by professional tracker Phil Johnston from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please pre-register by calling 707-826-4479 Space is limited.

Phil Johnston is one of the best trackers in the the United States. He currently works for the Hoopa tribe and will share his knowledge with you. During these workshops, Phil will show you things you never thought could be interpeted by animal signs. These monthly workshops are co-sponsored by the Sequoia Park Zoo. Members receive a discount.

Tracking workshop prices:

$25 regular admission, zoo or museum members $20, seniors and HSU students $15, and we have a family rate of $50 (two kids for free).

For more information, please see the workshop flier below

For all participants, please bring good walking shoes, food, water, and perhaps some rain gear depending on the weather. We encourage carpooling. Parking is limited so please park at Redwood Capital Bank.

CLICK HERE to download a Tracking Workshop flier:


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!

Please check back soon to learn more about our next discovery day!


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 are always appreciated!


We hope to have school programs available soon which will utilize our new Learning Laboratory (portable classroom). For more information on what we offer, please go to our programs link.


Our beehive is currently closed. Please check back periodically.

Can you spot the queen in this picture?


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.