New Volunteer Informational Meeting
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

New Volunteer Informational Meeting

The Museum will open its doors to new volunteers interested in serving their community in a variety of opportunities. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on their Museum experiences.

Free Guided Museum Tour
Apr
4
11:00 am11:00

Free Guided Museum Tour

Free tours of the Museum's amazing exhibits are held on the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon. Join one of our amazing docents and see a side of your local Museum you may not have seen before!

Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Sustainable PG, April Meeting

The mission of Sustainable PG is to make Pacific Grove a model of transition to sustainability through innovative, active, local solutions that enhance community. Monthly programs vary from films to talks by experts.

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Lecture: Migratory Birds with the Monterey Audubon Society
Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Migratory Birds with the Monterey Audubon Society

All monthly Audubon meetings are held at the Pacific Grove Museum on the second Tuesday of the month. All meetings are free and members and non-members are welcome! Doors open at 7 p.m. with soft drinks and cookies provided by MAS hospitality. The talk is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Photographer's Hour
Apr
17
9:00 am09:00

Photographer's Hour

Photographers may enter the show at 9 am, one hour before the show opens, on the first day of the show, Friday, April 17, 2015 to take photographs.

Photographs may be taken at anytime throughout the wildflower show.  Some photographers, however, like to take their time setting up a flower shot and arranging their lighting and angle just right. This can be difficult to manage while guests view the flowers. The Photographer's Hour provides a time to spend time on wildflower photography without guests present.

Please note that on the first day of the show the flowers are the freshest, but not all of the flowers are necessarily present. Small numbers of flowers can continue to arrive throughout the show. 

Native Plant Fair
Apr
18
11:00 am11:00

Native Plant Fair

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Enjoy hands-on activities, current information, and volunteer activities—all having to do with native plants. Participating organizations include the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, the Bureau of Land Management, and more.

Demonstration: “Native Plant Gardening in Pots” with Patrick Regan.
Apr
18
1:00 pm13:00

Demonstration: “Native Plant Gardening in Pots” with Patrick Regan.

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Annual and Perennial wildflowers can be ephemeral beauties that may seem to be too wild or too exacting in their needs to try at home. But you can! Bulbs and seeds of many of our most common as well as unique and uncommon flowers can be grown in containers for the home garden. Possible combinations are almost endless. Native plant expert Patrick Regan will show examples of wildflowers in pots big and small and discuss tips for maintaining them through the bloom season and well beyond.

Apr
19
2:00 pm14:00

Lecture: “Revising the Monterey Flora” with Michael Mitchell.

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

If you’re interested in identifying wildflowers to the genus and species level, this lecture is for you. Corky Matthews’ book “the Plants of Monterey County – an Illustrated Field Key” has recently been updated. Michael Mitchell, editor of the new edition, will discuss the updates (including changes to taxonomic organization and the addition of hundreds of plants), and will give some hints on how to get the most out of the book.

Science Saturday: Identification Day
Apr
25
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Identification Day

Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and plants to Identification Day! Make a field guide, identify bird calls, and learn from the experts of the BLM during this day all about identifying objects in our natural world. Museum admission is free for all guests on Science Saturday!

"Illustrating Nature" Opening Reception
May
1
5:00 pm17:00

"Illustrating Nature" Opening Reception

The beauty of scientific illustrations will be on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History for the fifth annual Illustrating Nature exhibit, featuring art produced by students in the California State University Monterey Bay Science Illustration Program. 

May
8
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, May Meeting

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

May
13
7:00 pm19:00

Sustainable PG, May Meeting

The mission of Sustainable PG is to make Pacific Grove a model of transition to sustainability through innovative, active, local solutions that enhance community. Monthly programs vary from films to talks by experts.

Member Exclusive: Guided Point Pinos Tidepool Expedition
Jun
6
8:00 am08:00

Member Exclusive: Guided Point Pinos Tidepool Expedition

Join the Museum in this thrilling Member Exclusive Event! Doctor John Pearse of will lead a small group of museum members on a tidepooling expedition at Point Pinos. Point Pinos is at the northwest corner of the Monterey Peninsula, facing the open ocean on one side and the Monterey Bay on the other. It is near what is often said to be the Great Tide Pool where Ed Ricketts observed and collected marine animals.

Jun
10
7:00 pm19:00

Sustainable PG, June Meeting

The mission of Sustainable PG is to make Pacific Grove a model of transition to sustainability through innovative, active, local solutions that enhance community. Monthly programs vary from films to talks by experts.

Lecture: A visit to “Jewel City": How the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition saved the California abalone industry and made Monterey “the Sardine Capitol of the World”
Jun
20
3:00 pm15:00

Lecture: A visit to “Jewel City": How the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition saved the California abalone industry and made Monterey “the Sardine Capitol of the World”

A lecture by Tim Thomas, former historian/ curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum. Tim is a guest curator for our temporary exhibit about how the PPIE influenced  Monterey's fishing industries and even the PG Museum of Natural History. $5 admission (free for Museum Members).

Lecture: People of the Panama Pacific International Exposition
Aug
8
3:00 pm15:00

Lecture: People of the Panama Pacific International Exposition

More than 19 million people passed through the gates of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition between February 20 and December 4, 1915. PPIE Historian Laura Ackley will tell fascinating tales of some of the fair’s special visitors, notable guests both famous and infamous.

Lecture admission is $5 (free for Museum Members)

Nov
7
3:00 pm15:00

Mammoth in the Artichokes

During the Great Ice Age, mammoths and other now-extinct animals roamed what we know as the Monterey Bay region. Discover the evidence uncovered in a Castroville artichoke field, and learn what the research team found as they searched for evidence of the Paleo Indians who put mammoths at the top of their menus. This lecture will be presented by Mark Hylkema, the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist for California State Parks. Admission is $5 (free for Museum Members)


Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, March Meeting
Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, March Meeting

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Free Guided Museum Tour
Mar
7
11:00 am11:00

Free Guided Museum Tour

Free tours of the Museum's amazing exhibits are held on the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon. Join one of our amazing docents and see a side of your local Museum you may not have seen before!

New Volunteer Informational Meeting
Mar
7
10:30 am10:30

New Volunteer Informational Meeting

The Museum will open its doors to new volunteers interested in serving their community in a variety of opportunities. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on their Museum experiences.

Lecture: From Wavetop to Ridgetop--the Life History of Steelhead in Central California
Mar
5
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: From Wavetop to Ridgetop--the Life History of Steelhead in Central California

Join the Museum for an illustrated presentation about steelhead trout, a unique species for which the environment determines how different individual fish develop. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Cost is $5 and free for Museum members. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is located at 165 Forest Avenue. Call 831-648-5716 for more information.

Science Saturday: Cool Cats
Feb
28
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Cool Cats

Can you leap as far as a bobcat or pull as much weight as a mountain lion? Test your abilities and learn what makes these cats such cool predators. Museum admission is free for all guests on Science Saturday!

Member Exclusive:  Treasures from the Basement, Native American Baskets
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

Member Exclusive: Treasures from the Basement, Native American Baskets

Treasures from the Basement is a Members-Exclusive event where the Museum provides a rare and exclusive one-evening-only showing of part of its collection.

This first Treasures from the Basement event showcases the Museum's extensive Native American basket collection.  For this evening only, members get a rare glimpse of diverse artifacts such as Arctic baleen baskets, Pomo feathered baskets, and enormous Pima storage baskets.

 

Night Owl: The Science of Seduction - featuring SambaDa
Feb
14
7:00 pm19:00

Night Owl: The Science of Seduction - featuring SambaDa

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

This Valentine’s Day discover the secret love lives of animals, from fascinating romantic rituals to the science of attracting mates. Grab a drink, enjoy music from the band SambaDa, and take a closer look at our natural world at Night Owl! Make a full night of it and enjoy food from one of the gourmet food trucks that will be parked out front! *Please have your ID ready at the door so you are prepared for the drinks for donations inside! Friday,

$15 General Admission $10 Museum Members

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Feb Meeting
Feb
13
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Feb Meeting

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

Sustainable PG, Feb Meeting

"The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People," an inspiring film about the renewable energy revolution happening in the United States right now and a love story about the countless people and communities re-imagining their relationship with the planet and each other, will be shown during this month's meeting. 

Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Monterey Audubon Society, Feb Meeting

On Tuesday, February 10, Dr. Mario Pesendorfer from Cornell joins The Audubon Society for a special presentation on his research into the unique Scrub-jays of Santa Cruz Island. All monthly Audubon meetings are held at the Museum on the second Tuesday of the month. All meetings are free and members and non-members are welcome! Doors open at 7 p.m. with soft drinks and cookies provided by MAS hospitality. 

Guided Museum Tours
Feb
7
11:00 am11:00

Guided Museum Tours

Join a Museum docent on a guided tour of our exhibits. Learn about monarchs butterflies, local birds, taxidermy and more! Sign-ups are available the day of the tour and are available on a  first come first serve basis. Tours a free with Museum admission, but space is limited to 20 participants. 

New Volunteer Informational Meeting
Feb
5
6:00 pm18:00

New Volunteer Informational Meeting

The Museum will open its doors to new volunteers interested in serving their community in a variety of opportunities. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on their Museum experiences.

Science Saturday: Migrations & Sandy's Birthday
Jan
31
11:00 am11:00

Science Saturday: Migrations & Sandy's Birthday

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Could you travel hundreds, even thousands of miles only using your memory, or your sense of smell? Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. during this free event to enjoy hands-on science activities. Museum admission is free for all guests on Science Saturday!

 

Lecture: California Indian Baskets
Jan
24
3:00 pm15:00

Lecture: California Indian Baskets

An illustrated lecture by basketry scholar Ralph Shanks introduces the beauty and intricacy of California Indian baskets. Shanks has written two books about the culture and history of this Native California art form, and he will share his appreciation and knowledge about the major types of traditional baskets held in collections throughout the world.

Jan
14
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Sustainable PG, Jan Meeting

The mission of Sustainable PG is to make Pacific Grove a model of transition to sustainability through innovative, active, local solutions that enhance community. Monthly programs vary from films to talks by experts.

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Jan Meeting
Jan
9
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture: Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Jan Meeting

Adults and children are all welcome to hear from gem and mineral experts and enthusiasts at the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society monthly meetings. These free monthly meetings are held at the Museum at 7pm on the second Friday of each month (except June and December.) Interested members are also welcome to attend the club's board meeting, held at the same location one hour before the general meeting.

Guided Museum Tours
Jan
3
11:00 am11:00

Guided Museum Tours

Join a Museum docent on a guided tour of our exhibits. Learn about monarchs butterflies, local birds, taxidermy and more! Sign-ups are available the day of the tour and are available on a  first come first serve basis. Tours a free with Museum admission, but space is limited to 20 participants. 

Monarch Butterfly Interpretive Talk
Dec
27
1:00 pm13:00

Monarch Butterfly Interpretive Talk

Learn all about the Monarchs of Pacific Grove! Join a Monarch Docent every Saturday at 1pm for an interpretive talk about our Western Monarch Butterflies. 

Talks are held on Saturdays from November - February at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the Sanctuary, and the talks are also free.

If you would like to schedule a tour to the Monarch Sanctuary for a group of 10 or more, please contact Allison Watson, outreach@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.

The Monarch Sanctuary is located on Lighthouse Ave. and Ridge Road.

Dec
24
Dec 25

Museum closed Dec. 24-25

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will be closed Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25.

Dec
20
11:00 am11:00

Guided Museum Tour

Join a Museum docent on a guided tour of our exhibits. Learn about monarchs butterflies, local birds, taxidermy and more! Sign-ups are available the day of the tour and are available on a  first come first serve basis. Tours a free with Museum admission, but space is limited to 20 participants. 

Tours are every Saturday at 11am except the last Saturday of the month.

To schedule a guided tour for a group of 10 or more, please contact Allison Watson, outreach@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20

New Volunteer Informational Meeting
Dec
16
6:00 pm18:00

New Volunteer Informational Meeting

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Museum will open its doors to new volunteers interested in serving their community in a variety of opportunities. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on their Museum experiences.

Monarch Butterfly Interpretive Talk
Dec
13
1:00 pm13:00

Monarch Butterfly Interpretive Talk

Learn all about the Monarchs of Pacific Grove! Join a Monarch Docent every Saturday at 1pm for an interpretive talk about our Western Monarch Butterflies. 

Talks are held on Saturdays from November - February at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the Sanctuary, and the talks are also free.

If you would like to schedule a tour to the Monarch Sanctuary for a group of 10 or more, please contact Allison Watson, outreach@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20.

The Monarch Sanctuary is located on Lighthouse Ave. and Ridge Road.