photoTurtle Bay Museum is the heart of the Turtle Bay experience. It contains permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries. The experiences here — underwater fish viewing, walking through historic re-creations, experimenting with scientific equipment, viewing art — are also springboards for the authentic outdoor experiences on the rest of the campus. The exhibits feature a mix of richly layered interpretative material, multimedia exhibits, science experiments, self-guided exploration, and play features.

Like the Visitor Center, the Museum’s wood structure and floor-to-ceiling glass walls help the building sit “lightly” on the natural site. The building’s white concrete columns support wood posts that “branch out” at angles toward the 21-foot ceiling, resembling the trees of the riparian habitat outside. Large roof overhangs on the north and west facades provide shade for visitors. Permanent and changing exhibit galleries are housed in solid “boxes” that protrude from the Museum’s long glass walls. These galleries use “hardy-board” siding painted blue and green.


To find out about what's currently in the museum, visit our exhibitions page.


Check-out our monthly Curator's Corner, which showcases a unique artifact from our collection, as well as it's story.  Each artifact is hand-selected by our Curator and her volunteers, and displayed in the museum for the entire month!

Natural History

girlLocal and regional history is center stage in permanent exhibits in the Museum and Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp. Step into a Wintu bark house and learn about our local Native American culture. Investigate the historic use of our area’s natural resources and find out what has drawn people to Redding. Visit the timber-themed Forest Camp for a hands-on look at the history of the industry in Northern California.

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