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Illuminating Minds: Celebrating Nature and Science in Our Community

150 MNHM & Tag

Step into a world of discovery at the Marion Natural History Museum, proudly marking our 150th anniversary in 2022! Our enduring mission is to ignite a passion for the natural world, cultivate environmental guardians, and instill a lifelong zeal for learning through accessible science and technology. Our focus? The rich natural history of our locality, brought to life through engaging exhibits, enlightening lectures, and interactive educational programs for both the young and the young at heart.

As a cornerstone of education and information in our community, the Museum is dedicated to exploring and explaining the wonders of our local coastal and offshore environments. Our exhibits, archives, and dynamic outreach programs delve into pertinent issues, sparking public interest and deepening understanding of science and natural history. Our goal? To nurture a profound and informed connection with our environment, fostering a community that is both aware and caring.

The Museum is more than just a place to visit; it's a launchpad for future scientists, naturalists, and engineers. Our impact resonates through generations, nurturing the curiosity and ambition of area youth. We invite you to be part of this journey – as a visitor, volunteer, member, sponsor, donor, or partner organization. Join us in celebrating and sustaining this legacy, especially as we commemorate 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

Summer Butterfly Walk

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July 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Marion Natural History Museum

Get an early start to your summer by joining the Marion Natural History Museum for a summer butterfly walk. Andrew Griffith of the Massachusetts Butterfly Association will be leading the…

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Coastal Explorations July 2024

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July 8 @ 9:00 am - July 12 @ 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

During our one weeklong half day Summer 2024 program (July 8 – 12) the Museum is offering a half-day summer program to explore some of Marion’s unique natural areas. We…

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Saltmarsh exploration and netting day

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July 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

We’ll be investigating the birds and wildlife, netting for fish and crabs, and learn the important role wetlands like Sprague’s Cove can play in keeping our bay safe. Grades entering…

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Seaweed collecting and pressing

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July 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

Shells and seaweed were also highly sought after during the Victorian era. Collectors would explore shorelines, armed with baskets and wellies, to find these natural treasures. Seaweed collecting is a…

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Amphibians at Washburn

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July 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

July 10 – Amphibians | Grades entering 2 – 6 Frogs, salamanders, and newts, oh my! What makes these animals so special? We’ll be taking a close look at amphibians…

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Amazing Animal Ambassadors

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July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

Amazing Animal Ambassadors with Cape Cod captive wildlife care expert Bethany Jakubson Wednesday, July 10th, at 1:00 pm Seeing wild animals up close can become a child’s treasured memory, open…

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Planting Island saltmarsh and rocky shore ecology walk

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July 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

We’ll be meeting at Planting Island beach to explore these two very different ecosystems. We’ll be looking for different varieties of salt marsh grass learning about and the crab and…

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Harbormaster’s office for boat trip

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July 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marion Natural History Museum

We’ll be meeting at Island Wharf for a boat trip (either a harbor tour or possibly to one of the islands) with the Harbormaster’s office. We’ll also be collecting plankton…

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