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We are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. 

For Updates: Check our News & Announcements for the most current and visit our Facebook page or email us at

For Online Activities and Current Events During the Pandemic: Visit the online exhibits section of our website and our Upcoming Events listings.


Support the HSU Natural History Museum by becoming a member.

Under membership “All memberships include 10% off Museum Store purchases, 10% off programs, and invitations to member events.” change to “All memberships include free admission, 10% off Museum Store purchases, discounts on programs, and invitations to member events. 

Want to volunteer?

To find out more about volunteering contact us at (707) 826-4479 or

News & Announcements

An anonymous buyer, during a Christie's auction in New York, breaks the record for the most expensive dinosaur fossil ever sold. This T Rex fossil, named Stan, is one of the...
The HSU Natual History Museum is pleased to welcome seven education interns this semester as well as a gallery studies intern.  These HSU students will be working with museum staff to develop...
The HSU Natural History Museum has a new look to our online presence!  Thank you to HSU Marketing & Communications Web Team for working with the museum to create our new site.

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School Visits

Bring your students to the museum to discover our unique collection of fossils, rocks and minerals, animal specimens, and interactive activities.

How to set up a School Visit

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Discovery Days

Join us for our themed discovery days at the museum. Each day is filled with hands-on fun for the whole family. 

Upcoming Discovery Days

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Monthly Speaker Series

Informative evening lectures for the community on a variety of nature based topics. 

Upcoming and past events


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1242 G St.
Arcata, CA 95521

Phone: (707) 826-4479

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Museum Store

We have lots of new inventory this year from moon telescopes to solar paper.

Investigate nature with an easy to use microscope, models, science kits, insect magnifiers, and identification guides. Learn about geology and Earth's fascinating past through fish fossils, shark teeth, dinosaur bones, dinsoaur replicas, and more.

The Mission of the HSU Natural History 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 provide a learning laboratory for HSU students and regional K-12 students and teachers.