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Turtle 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.

The Museum’s wood and steel structure and floor-to-ceiling glass walls help the building sit "lightly" on the natural site. The Museum's columns echo 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 glass walls. These galleries use Hardy-Board™ siding painted blue and gray.  A spectacular glass-walled Museum Store & Coffee Bar at the west end of the building provides clear river views and serves Sacramento River Trail users. The west end of the Museum, River Trail entrance, restrooms, drinking fountains, and the spectacular Sundial Bridge creates a dynamic public space on the Sacramento River. 

Local 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.

Current Exhibitions

Mythic Creatures

Presented by Shasta Regional Medical Center & U.S. Bank With Major Support from Dennis & Sherrill Bambauer Supported by Dr..

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Wings of Summer, Butterflies!

Thanks to Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer, The McConnell Foundation, Doreeta Domke, Betty Fitzpatrick, Dutch Bros. Coffee - The Resner Family, Bruce & Michelle Lutz, J..

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Dignity Health presents Dam to Bridge

Human beings are tied to water, drawn to it. We are utterly dependent upon it. We drink it, bathe in it, find food in it, water our crops, and..

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Wings of Summer, Butterflies!

Thanks to Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer, The McConnell Foundation, Doreeta Domke, Betty Fitzpatrick, Dutch Bros. Coffee - The Resner Family, Bruce & Michelle Lutz, J..

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A Man and the Mountain – Messages from Joaquin Miller's Shasta Years

Curated by the Sisson Museum, this exhibition takes a closer look at the Poet of the Sierras' works, advocacy, and influence in far Northern California. Dive deeper int..

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Bigfoot in Our Backyard?

We have our very own legendary creature. Take a closer look at the Bigfoot phenomenon in Northern California. Investigate the evidence, see casts of suspected tracks, l..

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Check back soon for new exhibition announcements!


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