Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
If the walls could speak at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, they’d have a lot to say. The museum has been open since 1883 to house the preserved natural wonders of the area, originally so that the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific societies could study them. But museums, and how people use them, are changing.
In 2016, the board of the museum took note in a five-year plan outlining their strategy around transforming the museum’s space; increasing science literacy and stewardship; building diverse audiences; continuing to preserve the collection, and more.
While the museum had success with well-attended mixers like the Night Owl series, expanded its youth programming and continued partnerships to host popular events like the California Native Plant Society’s annual wildflower show, they faced a series of challenges and personnel changes.
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