Collections

The Museum has an extensive collection of over 30,000 records collected for over 130 years.

Highlights of our collection include:

ONLINE DATABASE

The Museum’s online database features more than 3,000 collection items stored at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Each listing contains a description, photo of the item and more. Easy to follow directions can be found on the site itself. Should you wish to view any of the collection items not on exhibit, contact Collections Curator Paul Van de Carr at 831.648.5716 ext. 12 or email him at vandecarr@pgmuseum.org.

Click here to view the database.


Bird Collection

The Museum's strong bird collection reflect's the fact that Monterey County is one of the most important sites for bird life in North America. It is one of the top 5 destinations in North America to bird watch. Monterey County has one of the highest single-day bird counts in the country.  482 different species of birds have been sighted in Monterey County.

The Museum showcases one of the most extensive bird collections on display on the West Coast. Use the Museum's bird collection of 291 bird species and 409 life mounted birds to identify the birds you’ve seen throughout Monterey County. Witness the size of a mighty California Condor, the Yellow-billed Magpie, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and the Tri-colored Blackbird, to name a few.
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Native American Basketry

Consisting mostly of Native American baskets, the Museum's basketry collection contains spectacular examples of artistry, technique and utility.  Please be aware that these items are not currently on exhibit.

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Native American Pottery

The Museum's pottery collection includes over 250 vessels with examples from Acoma to Zuni.  Notable highlights include San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery by Maria Montoya MartinezPlease be aware that these items are not currently on exhibit.

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Native American Textiles

Native American clothing, rugs, blankets and bags. Please be aware that these items are not currently on exhibit.

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Collection Curator's Selection

With such an eclectic collection, there are some fantastic objects in the Museum's collection that fall outside the scope of the topics listed on this page.  The Collection Curator's selection are highlights from these other areas of the collection. Please be aware that these items are not currently on exhibit.

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Herbarium

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The Museum's Herbarium, developed largely by the Museum's Director Emeritus Vern Yadon, is a collection of Monterey County plants with detailed records regarding when and where the plants were collected. The Museum's herbarium is included in UC Berkeley's Jepson On-Line Interchange, California Florista.
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