A Visitors Guide to Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Located blocks from the beach and a minute away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is an iconic Monterey area attraction. Through its many exhibits and hands-on experiences, the museum offers visitors a close-up look at the diversity of Central Coast creatures, both of the past and present.


Permanent Exhibitions at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is home to eight permanent exhibitions that feature everything from the birds and wildlife to plants and rocks that make the California Central Coast unique.

  • The Amazing Adaption of Birds
  • Monarch Gallery
  • Biodiversity Gallery
  • Geology
  • Native Plant Garden
  • Pacific Grove’s Chinese Fishing Village
  • Native Central Coast Baskets
  • Collectors: Teaching Throughout Time


Upcoming Museum Events

While you can walk through the museum’s permanent exhibits at any time, you can also visit on select days for special events and programs. On Feb 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., visit the museum for Science Saturday – Animal Athletes. During this event, kids can enjoy crafts, activities and science focused on the “Olympians” of the animal kingdom. Or, grab tickets for the Night Owl: Prehistoric Party on March 14 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Visitors 21 years and older can enjoy games, craft drinks, music and more. Prehistoric costumes are encouraged and tickets start at $39. For all upcoming museum events, check out the Monthly Calendar.


Museum Hours and Admission

The museum is generally open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed select days throughout the year. General Admission is $8.95 for adults and $5.95 for youth 4-18, students with ID and military. Guests ages 3 and under and Monterey County residents may enter for free.


Affordable Hotel Near Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Located just 14 minutes away from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, DeAnza Inn makes the perfect place for visiting couples and families to stay while in the Monterey area. At DeAnza Inn, expect spacious rooms, affordable rates and service from a team of people who care.


Make sure your next visit to the Monterey area includes a stop at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. And before your trip, consider booking a night or two at the nearby DeAnza Inn.




DeAnza Inn
An ideal couples retreat, with spacious bedrooms and a convenient location near all Monterey Peninsula’s major attractions. 2141 North Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 993940. 800.858.8775