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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, also known affectionately by locals as "the Whale Museum", is one of the earliest museums in the state of California. Founded in 1905, the Museum traces its beginnings to the late 19th century and the collection of naturalist Laura Hecox. The Museum's collections grew extensively throughout the years, acquiring many Native American and archaeological artifacts, as well as natural history specimens of the past. Currently, the Museum is housed in a Carnegie Library, named after the Carnegie philanthropic foundation that funded its construction in 1915. The museum attracts about 30,000 visitors annually.

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