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Online Exhibits

Many of these also have physical representations at the museum.

redwood forest with two people walking on a trail

Redwood Forest

Take a virtual tour of the history of plant evolution as seen through the redwood forest.

Explore Online Exhibit:
Redwood Forest

Lesson Plan:
WebQuest - Redwood Forest (PDF)

Prehistoric Mammal mural

Prehistoric Mammals

Learn the story of mammal evolution in North America as illustrated by some fantastic specimens.

Explore Online Exhibit:
Prehistoric Mammals

Lesson Plan:
WebQuest - Prehistoric Mammals (PDF)

Fossils inside the museum

Fossil Focus Exhibits

Explore our collections in more detail in cases devoted to specific groups of organisms.

Photo of Arnica

A Plant's History

Explore the history of plants. Learn why some plants make cones and other plants make flowers. 

Explore Online Exhibit:
A Plant's History

Lesson Plan:
WebQuest - A Plant's History (PDF)

Museum only Exhibits

A close-up photo of several bees crawling on a hive

Bees

Discover What's Buzzing around Humboldt County Learn about our local bees including the leaf-cutter bee, the woll-carder bee and the silver bee.

A taxidermied bird on a branch found in an exhibit the natural history museum

Birds of the Redwood Forest

This new exhibit displays common birds of the redwoods in a setting of well known plants of the coastal redwood forest.

Museum Case Index:
Birds of the Redwood Forest

Butterfly models in a displaycase

Butterflies of Northern California

Take a Closer Look at Our Diverse Insects From the dunes to the redwood forest, many different types of insects can be found in Humboldt County.

A photo of a sponge in a museum exhibit

Coral and Sponges

In deep waters off the Northern California coast trawlers bring up unusual specimens of sponges and corals displayed here.

Museum Case Index:
Coral & Sponges

Crabs of the North Coast

From the huge Tanner crab with 10-inch long legs, to the tiny Squat Lobster, this case includes many specimens of unusual crustaceans from our area.

Local Fossils

These local marine fossils are from rock exposures along the rivers and surrounding hills of the Eel River Valley and from the cliffs of Cranell Junction. 

Museum Case Index:
Local Fossils

North Coast Shells

From abalone to sea urchins, there are a great variety of marine invertebrates on California's north coast. This exhibit displays the shells of these local animals, including echinoderms, chitons, bivalves, crustaceans, and gastropods.

Rocks & Minerals

View minerals from Northern California as well as important ores and minerals with economic significance from around the world.  See how where each specimen falls on the Mohs Hardness scale.