8.The Pacific Grove Museum
of Natural History
 Forest and Central avenues



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This building was dedicated on December 21, 1932, and in 1935 was named "Best of its size in the U.S." by the American Association of Museums. It is operated by the City of Pacific Grove, and houses a collection of over 400 local birds as well as displays of Peninsula flora and fauna.  

The Museum started as a small octagonal building (photo by Tuttle c. 1900), then the Spanish-style building was erected in 1932 (shown here in a c. 1950 postcard), then was expanded in the 1980s (shown with Sandy the Whale out front in 2007).

A large squid preserved by Ed Ricketts and donated by him is in the Museum collection. Look for it in the mollusk exhibit on the mezzanine. 

Directly across Central Avenue is . . .