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We Bring Nature and Science Education to Our Community

150 MNHM & Tag

Join us at the Marion Natural History Museum where we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary this year! Our mission is to spark natural curiosity, foster environmental stewardship, and inspire lifelong learning by making science and technology accessible to all. We specialize in the natural history of our local area, and provide exhibits, lectures, and educational programs for youth and adults.

The Museum acts as an educational and informational resource for the surrounding area focusing on our local coastal and offshore areas. We relate issues of concern that pertain to those areas through our archives, displays, and outreach programs. By promoting public interest in and knowledge of science and natural history, we aim to increase our collective awareness of our relationship within our environment.

A well-loved institution in our area, the Museum has helped to guide our area youth into careers in nature, science, and engineering. We welcome visitors, volunteers, and new members. We seek sponsors, donors, and partner organizations to support us, especially in preparation for our 150th Anniversary.

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
~ Rachel Carson

Join Us For Our Upcoming Events

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Nature Illustration

February 15 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm

Let’s have some fun drawing from nature! Drawing a natural item – a leaf, a shell, an insect – increases your observational skills and knowledge about that item. From the…

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A Sampling of Past Events

We Are All Whalers by Dr. Michael Moore

November 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Plight of Whales and Our Responsibility With Michael J. Moore Relating his experiences caring for endangered whales, a veterinarian and marine scientist shows we can all share in the…

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Future of Natural History Museums with Eric Dorfman

November 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

Future of Natural History Museums with focus on small museums like the Marion Natural History Museum. November 3 Speaker is Eric Dorfman, author of the book, “The Future of Natural…

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Can Seaweed Feed and Fuel the Future?

September 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

About 90 percent of our energy presently comes from finite natural resources—oil and gas—whose extraction and use contribute to pollution and climate change. Farmed seaweed, on the other hand, needs only seawater and sunlight to thrive, and can provide carbon-neutral nutrition and energy.

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How Trees Communicate, Exploring the Underground Network of Trees

August 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

Join the Marion Natural History Museum, Friday, August 20 at the Museum, 7 – 8 pm How trees communicate – Exploring the underground network of trees with Valentina Lagomarsino, PhD…

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