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  • Monarch Butterflies

    Monarch Butterflies gather in “Clusters”…

  • From the Jurassic

    Watch recorded programs all about the Earth…

  • Bat Barn

    Bats are the only mammals that truly fly…

  • Pacific Flyway

    Migration of Birds

  • Titans of the Sea

    The museum grounds display life sized giants of the sea!

  • California Wildlife

    Local wildlife from the Central Valley to the Coast

  • Oak Woodlands

    Animals common to the Santa Maria Valley and surrounding foothills.

  • Beaver Habitat

    Beavers live in homes they make called lodges…

  • Central Coast Seashore

    Sea life in and around the Central Coast

  • Touch Table

    Find Interesting Treasure to Explore…

Exhibit Highlights

Canadian Grizzly Bear
Monarch Butterflies
From the Jurassic
Bat Barn
Pacific Flyway
Titans of the Pacific
Oak Woodlands
Central Coast Sea Life and Sea Shore
California Wildlife
The Beaver Habitat

Santa Maria Natural History Museum

 

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This Is How Our Garden Grows…

The Native Garden at the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria is in full bloom. It has been more than six months since the opening of the Native Garden and we’re so excited with the progress and growth of the garden. The pictures don’t tell the whole story. You have to come see it and smell all the wonderful scents for yourself!

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Are You A Nature Lover?

The Natural History Museum is currently accepting applications for new Docents & Volunteers. We’re a 100% volunteer based organization and operate year round through the contributions and efforts of those who support the NHM with their time and enthusiasm for the Natural World. If you have an interest to become a Docent or volunteer for the Natural History Museum we would like to talk with you. No experience is necessary. Just a willingness to learn and share your love of Natural History.

Prospective Docents need to be at least 18 years of age. If you’re a teen nature lover we are also accepting applications for High School students for our new VolunTeen program. All prospective volunteers will be subject to background screen and interview.

If you’d like to get involved with the Natural History Museum you can contact us via Facebook, Phone: 805-614-0608, e-mail: info@naturalhistorysantamaria.com or in person at the NHM located at 412 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria CA 93454 and fill out an application.

Live! At the Museum

The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria has partnered with the Central Coast Aquarium on Saturday, February 6th from 12-2pm. The guest presenters will be Lesley Stein, Director of Programs and Husbandry and Travis Norton, Lead Aquarist.

They will be sharing local animals found here in the ocean of the Central Coast area including:

  • Baby Shark           Sea Cucumbers
  • Hermit                  Crabs Sea Snails
  • Sea Stars              Flat Fish
  • Sea Urchins          Other Mammal Artifacts

The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. The aquarium was born from a passion for the sea and community and is committed to providing opportunities centered around education, engagement and action. Based in Avila Beach, California, the center expands the aquarium visit by offering a fun, hands-on experience that fosters education and encourages stewardship of our oceans.

Come join us for a fun, educational experience!

Museum Hours: Wed-Sat 11:00am – 4:00pm • Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm

412 So. McClelland Street,
Santa Maria
(next to lawn bowling) · 805-614-0806

Calling All Collectors

Are you a collector? Do you have an amazing collection that you want to share with the public? The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria is looking for collections to feature in our new collectors exhibit. Collection submissions can range from the natural history focused to the whimsical or traditional.

Rock Collection 3 Butterfly Collection 2Shell Collection Matchbox Collection

If you’re interested in sharing with your collection, please email info@naturalhistorysantamaria.com with a brief summary of your collection along with some photos. For more information, please contact Carlos Lesne at 805-614-0806.

 

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