Turtle Bay


A Complete List Of Our Current Exhibits



Oak Tree

Have you ever wondered how big the root system of tree is? In the Sierra Pacific Industries sponsored Oak Hall, a glass floor lets you see the root ball of an oak and compare it to the spread of the tree’s branches.

Wintu Bark House

The Wintu People have lived in our region for millennia. Step inside this traditional incense-cedar bark home and hear stories told in both Wintu and English. Walk out on the land and imagine a village of these homes on the northern bank of the river.

Atsugewi Lumjawi

The Atsugewi are one of the Wintu Tribe’s eastern neighbors. This dugout canoe, used for hunting waterfowl and for transportation, was discovered in the Rising River and conserved by the museum. Today it is a model for contemporary Native canoe-making projects.


Venture into the dark on a creaky boardwalk past bats and spiders and other species adapted to life in a cave. Learn more about Shasta Caverns, find the hidden creatures, and see if you can identify all the different formations.

River Lab

Meet some of Turtle Bay’s namesakes, find out how to tell the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, and learn to identify local waterfowl while you discover how important the Sacrament River is to our ecosystem in this combination science lab and indoor animal habitat. Be on the lookout for new experiments!

History Gallery

What was life like for early settlers in our region? Find out how and why people moved here and discover if you have what it takes to be a pioneer as you meet some of the characters, check out maps, and pack your mule for the trip!

Dam to Bridge

Flowing from one Northstate icon to another, this exhibit details feats of engineering and human ingenuity, as well as how we have affected the Sacramento River between Shasta Dam, completed in 1945, and the Sundial Bridge, completed in 2004. Sponsored by Dignity Health.

Resource Gallery

Our region is rich in natural resources. From salmon fishing and fur trapping to gold mining and farming, hands-on exhibits and multimedia stations explore the complex history of people and the land we rely upon.

Bee Hive

What goes on inside a hive? Ask our bees! Turtle Bay’s indoor beehive is an opportunity to watch a colony at work. Learn to spot the queen, use the interactive kiosks to discover the fascinating details and challenges that face these important pollinators, and watch the bees come and go on the live Bee Cam.

Water Wall

Pouring over recreations of ancient petroglyphs created by Native people near a local creek and into a recirculating system, this sculpture reminds us that we all need water and it is a precious commodity.