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Museum of Natural History

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Address: Morro Bay State Park Road, Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, CA 93442
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+1 805-772-2694

The emphasis is on interactive and hands-on learning exhibits that provide...

The emphasis is on interactive and hands-on learning exhibits that provide scientific information regarding tidal forces, geology, erosion and environmental issues.

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2day getaway

Great location & great understanding of Moro bay breakdown of wildlife is exceptional take the youngsters they will enjoy it

Reviewed 5 days ago
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83 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location & great understanding of Moro bay breakdown of wildlife is exceptional take the youngsters they will enjoy it

1 Thank Mikemhs
Redondo Beach, CA
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Terrific little free museum focusing on the bird and animal life that thrives within the Morro Bay Estuary. Great place for you and your kids to learn the names and behaviors of all the bird species that frequent the Morro Bay are and the sea and land mammal that inhabit the area. Wonderful views of the bay too! If you're... More 

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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The museum has a number of hands on exhibits about the geology and animals of the region and was a good way to spend the afternoon with the youngest traveler in the group.

Thank WestwoodTrekker
Baltimore USA
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89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Natural History museums can be dull: not this one! Many things to touch and hold, handles to turn that help you understand which creatures benefit or suffer from tides, how bird migration patterns on the California coast work, and how us humans affect the Morro Bay environment. The museum is small, but we were there for almost 2 hours

1 Thank The_Flying_Chef
Newmarket, New Hampshire
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47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed this sweet museum. It was very educational for the area and any other similar estuary. Lovely and helpful staff and lovely view! We walked there and really enjoyed the experience!

Thank lynnnh
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Time to spin those history wheels and learn a bit about the central coast. Great picture and fun things for kids to do. Lots of history about the native Indians and the rock before it was blown up a bit!

Thank Gregory S
Cayucos, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

the best small museum you will ever see . fun and a great view of the bay . take the kids for a little education and fun .

1 Thank cayucosbob
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Not only is this a very nice museum, but the ladies in the museum store will give you a map and directions to the best bird sightings for the day. There's also a posting outside the door of types of birds sighted for the day. Good info and good souvenirs.

Thank Bonnie T
Morro Bay, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Looking for a place to take the kids while staying in Morro Bay? Head to the Museum of Natural History across the road from Morro Bay State Park and campground. Lots of interesting and educational information for the whole family. A great way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank Terry D
Los Osos, California
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is one of the only museums in a CA state park. Founded about 50 years ago by volunteers, it occupies a premier location on morro bay. It has a large collection of interactive displays, a great gift shop and superb views. Entrance is very cheap, and the volunteer staff i more than eager to help. A great place to... More 

Thank harold b

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