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In the latest edition of Best College Reviews , Sierra College Natural History Museum has been ranked 26th in the top 30 higher education natural history museums in the nation.

As stated in the article: “A natural history museum exhibits natural history such as animals, plants, ecosystems, geography, paleontology, and climatology.  Some museums feature natural-history collections in addition to others, for example, those related to art and science. These museums are truly places where wonder meets science, and they allow us to marvel at our complexly beautiful planet.”

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The list was chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Number of artifacts/specimens in the collection
  • Opportunities at the museum for college students
  • The museum had to be open to the public
  • Community involvement

Best College Reviews wrote of Sierra’s Natural History Museum: “The Museum’s major focus is the study of natural history, and its primary participants are the students of Sierra College who attend classes, field courses, lectures, seminars, and demonstrations.

Also, the Museum is a favorite place of the regional public. Thousands each year attend seminars, programs, field trips and activities sponsored by the Museum and designed specifically for the public. Sierra’s Natural History Museum is open during regular college hours during the week, but because there are classes in session in the building, visitors must be quiet as they explore. It is open on weekends only when there are other activities in the building. Full of fascinating exhibits, a few highlights include A complete 38 foot long California Gray Whale skeleton, a Narwhale skull replica, a Bowhead whale baleen plate, and a complete Manatee skeleton. Also, journey back into California’s past and get a glimpse of what was swimming in and flying over our Mesozoic sea with models of a life-size Thalattosaur, Mosasaur, Plesiosaur, and Pterodon.”

Sierra College Natural History Museum offers to the public, docent led guided tours for groups by reservation and lectures on a wide range of natural science topics by special guest experts in their field. Two of our most popular events are our annual visit by Lee Stetson who delivers an amazing stage performance as John Muir and Dinosaur Day and Science Fest, which is the highest attended event on campus, and grows every year.

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