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Morro Bay
Explore the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park
 Bring the family
and learn about the natural history of Morro Bay through interactive, educational displays
Atrip to California’s Central Coast is not complete without visiting the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park. Situated midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Morro Bay is a bustling seaside town with gorgeous views and a multitude of activities to enjoy. The area’s unique history is displayed at the museum where guests can learn about
much more than just sand dunes and estuary life. This region offers exquisite landscapes, a variety of natural habitats, bountiful wildlife, and signs of Chumash and Salina cultures, both past and present.
The small museum sits on the side of a hill overlooking the varied sights of Morro Bay and the dunes. In the 1950s, the Department of Parks and Recreation developed plans to open regional museums throughout the state. The Morro Bay Museum of Natural History was a part of that initiative brought to life by collaboration between Morro Bay State Park and the com- munity
The Morro Bay Museum of Natural History serves as both an educational and exhibit space and a research center. Opened in 1962, it is the only natural history museum in the California State Park system. More than 50,000 people visit
the museum annually, including thousands of students participat- ing in the free docent-led school group programs and distance learning programs. These field trips are designed to meet California’s
required science and social studies standards.
The museum features learn-
ing experiences for its youngest visitors and most exhibits are child- friendly. The young and young at heart learn about Chumash and Salinan culture and participate in activities found nowhere else on the Central Coast. Adults can enjoy one of the many lectures, displays, videos, or events. Each visit reveals something new and the hands-on activities change monthly. Rotating exhibits are featured seasonally in the auditorium
“The staff of the museum provides engaging and informa- tive programs that highlight and celebrate the natural wonders of the Central Coast. It is an incredibly valuable resource for our com- munity and visitors,” says Robyn Chase, California State Parks Interpretive Program Manager. “Join staff for a nature walk, talk, ask questions and discover more about Morro Rock, the sand dunes, the estuary, or the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve.”
Morro Bay State Park offers guided walks and talks, school
   A central coast favorite in Morro Bay
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at the marina
  (805) 772-1465
 Open for lunch daily, Dinner Thu - Sun
  Across the road from State Park campground entrance on State Park Rd
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