The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world.

The Museum's mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.

This Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

53rd Annual Wildflower Show

Presented by the PG Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Discover the extraordinary diversity of colors, scents, and sizes displayed by wildflowers collected from all over Monterey County. For over 50 years this annual Wildflower Show has been the largest in the northern and western hemispheres.

Friday-Sunday, April 18-20

10 am-5 pm each day

$5 donation requested at gallery door.

Summer Camps at the Museum

Have fun this summer at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History! Explore the natural world, while engaging in fun and educational activities. These programs fill up fast, so hurry and reserve your spot today. This year, the Museum is offering six fun programs for children ages 4 to 12. Please Complete the registration form below register for summer camps! If you have any questions, please contact Allison Watson (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.

Ages 4-6

Buggin' Out
Spiders, dragonflies, butterflies and bees! Discover the beauty of bugs. Take care of live insects, create a wasp nest, and be a busy bee during a week full of games and activities.
June 23 - June 27, 9am-1pm, $200 per Camper

Animal Adventures
Explore the animal kingdom through a week of adventures inside and outside the Museum. Campers will tunnel like a mole, investigate the anatomy of a fish, and discover how marine mammals keep warm during this week all about wildlife.
July 14 - July 18, 9am-1pm, $200 per Camper

Nature Guides
Ages 7-9

Art & Nature
Celebrate the beauty of art in nature! Explore the natural world of the Monterey Peninsula while photographing the wonders of the forest, painting a watercolor landscape at Lover’s Point, and making natural dyes from plants.

July 7 - July 11, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Dive into a week of getting down and dirty with local plants and animals. Dissect a squid, search for sand crabs, identify local reptiles, learn to use microscopes, and test water quality as you become a wildlife biologist.
June 16 - June 20, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Mad Science
There’s nothing normal during this week of weird science. Make glow in the dark paint, explore the magic of magnets and conduct edible chemistry as we get silly with science.
July 21 - July 25, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper

Science Explorers
Ages 10-12

Engineering in Nature
How are some lizards able to walk on water? How do paper wasps nest work? Why do pine trees like fire? Discover the answers to these questions as more as we attempt to duplicate some of nature’s engineering marvels.
July 28 - August 1, 9am-3pm, $240 per Camper


​​Before and After Camp Care

The Before and After Camp Program is offered to families who need morning and afternoon supervision outside of regular camp hours. The hours for the Before Camp Program are 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. and after care will extend an hour after camp ends - 2pm for KinderCamps and 4pm for Nature Guides and Science Explorers. Families must register prior to using this service. Camp staff will be on duty to greet the children, read stories, play games before and after the regular camp day . This service is available for an additional $50 per camper for either the morning or afterernoon care per week.

Please Complete the registration form below register for summer camps! If you have any questions, please contact Allison Watson (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.

Central Coast Landscapes: Celebrating Nature in Painting

Exhibition Closes April 5th

From over 200 entries by Central Coast artists, just 40 paintings were selected for this special exhibition. The Museum is honored to show paintings by: 

  • Ashby, Wendy
  • Bekins, Christopher
  • Berthoin, Paola
  • Blood, Brian -- winner of PGMNH's 1st Place award for his painting "The Lady Alice" 
  • Brimer, Rich -- winner of the California State Park Foundation's award for his painting "Garrapata Trail"
  • Cherk, Sandra
  • Clausen, Bill
  • Dominguez, Miguel – winner of the Point Lobos Foundation’s award for his painting “Cypress Summit”
  • Everett, Bruce
  • Factor, Gail
  • Farina, Mark – winner of PGMNH’s 2nd Place award for his painting “Carmel Lagoon Spring”
  • Frank, Jan – winner of Asilomar Conference Grounds and State Beach’s award for her painting “Restless Asilomar”
  • Hanson, Coraly
  • Holmsky, Peter
  • Johnson, Sibyl
  • Kennan, Bill – winner of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s award for his painting “China Cove”
  • Kersey, Laurie – winner of PGMNH’s Best of Show award for her painting “Sunset on the Rocks” (seen here)
  • Leonard, Karin
  • Leoni, Karen – winner of the Big Sur Land Trust’s award for her painting “Garrapata”
  • Levitsky, Burt
  • Licht, Karuna – winner of PGMNH’s 3rd Place award for her painting “Ventana Double Cones”
  • Martin, Stephanie
  • Meheen, Alicia
  • Miller, Judy – winner of the BLM’s California Coastal National Monuments award for her painting “Ebb Tide at Pfeiffer”
  • Milligan, Kevin
  • Strouse, Warren
  • Strouse, Sharon
  • Tette, Richard – winner of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s award for his painting “Elkhorn Slough 1”
  • Thompson, Marte
  • Titus, Susan
  • Valtr, Jan
  • Willis, Jim
  • Woodman, Patrick

Juror Scott Shield's selected the "Best of Show," 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place award winners. The cash prizes were given by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. A panel of five jurors selected the sponsoring organizations' awards.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Arts Council for Monterey County.

Monarchs Come Home Exhibition

Find out about the miraculous and unique annual cycle of western monarch butterflies, which includes a winter migration to California’s Central Coast. Highlights of this exhibition include real specimens, amazing videos, vintage artifacts, a "cabinet of curiosities," and multiple hands-on opportunities--all wrapped in the most up-to-date scientific knowledge and artistic presentation.

Pacific Grove's Chinese Fishing Village

The Museum’s special exhibition on the Pacific Grove Chinese Fishing Village is again being extended due to popular demand. The special exhibition was made possible thanks to the expertise and generosity of Michael E. Croft.  Mr. Croft used historic photographs to recreate the Chinese Fishing Village and the McAbee Beach Village models . The special exhibition includes this models accompanied by panels describing the history of the Chinese Fishing Village, developed by CSUMB Museum Studies intern Marisa Mercado.  The recent addition of the McAbee Beach model offers a new, more complete view of the history of the Chinese fishing industry in Monterey.