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!

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


JOIN US SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Come and see a multitude of live animals presented by HSU herpetology students as they explain the life histories of these animals. There will be games, crafts, and best of all...a close up look at live critters including snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, salamanders and more!

Cost $3 adults, $2 kids, HSU students and museum members are free.

To download a flyer click here

permission to use above image by Reptile in Focus.

NEXT EVENING LECTURE: Dinosaurs! We're in the Golden Age, by Elliott Dabill. Thursday, March 1st at 7 p.m. You may want to arrive early to get a good seat.

We appreciate attendees to park on the street or in the Redwood Captial Bank parking lot as parking is limited and foks needs the space to do laundry. Tea and goodies are available.


link to a flier for the lecture (click here)

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MONTHLY WILDLIFE TRACKING WORKSHOPS ARE BACK THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. The next one is SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd. This field class will go all day (and is full). Location TBA. Space is limited, so please call or come by to save your spot. Attendees, please meet at the museum at 9 a.m. We encourage carpooling.

We encourage you to sign up for Saturday, April 7th soon as these workshops are filling up!

To sign up, call 707-826-4479 or download and mail in a registration form (allow 5 days). See additional information below.

Help us post! Here is a flier.

Click here for a mail-in registration form. Please allow 5 - 7 days for us to receive it in time.


These tracking workshops are 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. These walks really get you tuned into the animal world by bringing back a lost art.

$25 regular, $20 museum members, $15 seniors and HSU students, Family rate $50 (two adults and 2 kids). Scholarships are available for HSU students. Contact Melinda at for more information.

Locations are announced a few days beforehand in order to have a positive experience. You will need to wear good shoes, bring your own lunch, water, coat, hat, 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 other educational items.

Thanks go out to everyone who has supported the mission of the Natural History Museum in 2017 including HSU, financial donors, members, patrons, volunteers, employees, and others!



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 for the winter.


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
  • Donated carpentry skills for improvng exhibits
  • Bathroom wall cabinet (24"x32 or 36")
  • Custom sign for the south facing museum wall
  • 2" self-standing non-illuminated magnifier
  • 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!

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.