Natural History Museum

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Come visit the HSU Natural History Museum at 1242 G Street Arcata!

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm.


Tomorrow Night, Oct. 20th. a free lecture! 7 - 8:30p.m.

Join us for "The Steller's Jays of Redwood National and State Parks".

Will Goldenberg, a biologist, lecturer, and film producer will share the results of a three year study on the interactions and behaviors of these charismatic birds. Do they interrupt the nesting behavior of Marbled Murrelets? How do the presence of campgrounds affect them? This free lecture will be held in our new Learning Laboratory. We hope to see you there!

link to Current Lecture Series flyer




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Saturday, October 29th, noon - 3 p.m.

$3 for each participating child. Museum members and adults accompanying children are free.


We encourage everyone to dress up!

Several hands-on tables will be set up for making slime, a mask of a Creepy Cretaceous Critter, or a bat. Dare to feel the mysterious boxes, try the pumpkin toss, or view glow in the dark minerals.

In addition, special and mysterious items will be available for viewing. Come see a cat, a bat, a snake, and a human skeleton along with big spiders, exotic skins and furs, and much more!


WISH LIST: We depend on community support. Your financial and item contributions sustain the HSU Natural History Museum for our community.

  • A new desktop computer (windows compatible)
  • Quality wooden shelves or cabinets for books and specimens
  • Bathroom wall cabinet (24"x32 or 36")
  • Custom sign for the south facing museum wall
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • 2" self-standing non-illuminated magnifier
  • Apple vga adapter for projector
  • 12 volt battery for our Dewalt drill (model DW9072)
  • New cash register
  • 4-drawer filing cabinet
  • rolling wooden stands for heavy specimens (12x12", 12x16")
  • Office supplies such as ink cartridges, laminate, sharpies, foam core, sturdy velcro, and much more!

Financial contributions are tax deductible and are always appreciated!


School programs will be available Spring 2017. For more information on what we offer, please go to our programs link.


Our bees are back and are busy! Stop by if you haven't had a look.

Can you spot the queen in this picture?

We also have a newly painted sign. Here it is along with the volunteer Dayna Wallace, who painted it for us. Thank you Dayna!


NATURAL RESOUCES SCIENCE CAMPS are over and we appreciate everyone that helped us out.

Our appreciation goes out to all of our sponsors who helped us get these camps off the ground: Coast Central Credit Union, City of Arcata, Codding Foundation, Humboldt Sponsors, Humboldt State University, Kokatat, Redwood Capital Bank, and Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise.

More thanks to other donors: Piersons Building Center and Stillwater Sciences


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We have new store items!

What's new at our store?

Current Lecture Series

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.