• 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

Join us for a food and wine MIXER at the Natural History Museum


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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: or in person at the NHM located at 412 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria CA 93454 and fill out an application.

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.

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

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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