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The Natural World Is

We Bring Nature and Science Education to Our Community

Our mission is to promote public interest in and knowledge of science and natural history in order to increase our collective awareness of man’s relationship within his environment.

We act as an educational and informational resource for the surrounding area, specializing in the natural history of our local coastal and offshore areas and to relate issues of concern that pertain to those areas through our archives, displays, and outreach programs.

“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

Museum Limited Reopening Beginning July 27, 2020

Beginning the week of July 27th, 2020, the Marion Natural History Museum is ready for a limited reopening. Please visit our COVID-19 page for details.

The Great Backyard Bird Count 2021

February 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

Be a citizen scientist while having fun in your own backyard or local park! Learn how to participate in the bird count by identifying birds and recording your findings. We’ll…

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Upcoming Event


December 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

Join us for a virtual tour around a cranberry bog with bog owner Dawn Gates-Allen. While driving with Dawn on her tractor, we will get a tour of her cranberry bogs. Dawn will be answering our questions about cranberries and what it’s like to live on a working bog.

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Local Archaeology Day

October 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marion Music Hall

Come learn about, and share knowledge of Marion’s heritage during a public archaeology day. Archaeologists Dianna Doucette and Erin Flynn of The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL) will present an…

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Nature Journaling

October 3, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Washburn Park

Nature journaling is the practice of taking your observations of nature and expressing them by drawing and/or writing in your own individual style. This requires that you slow down and…

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A Sampling of Past Events

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