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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

Famous Artists Student Art Exhibition

Main Gallery Enjoy pieces by local students in grades K-8. Selected from student works created in the Famous Artists volunteer school program and curated by our..

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Staff Picks

Main Gallery What happens when the whole Turtle Bay staff is let loose in the museum's collection? Take a closer look at our fabulous artifacts through the ey..

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Rooted in this Land

Growing Food in Shasta County Additional support from Lassen Canyon Nursery, Inc., Ralphs Prather Ranch Foundation and Shasta County Cattlemen & CattleWom..

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West Coast Biennial Art Exhibition

With support from Sue Asbill and Community Arts Endowment Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Additional support from Arch & Eve Pugh Join us f..

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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

Nano is Back!

East End – Main Gallery Our popular hands-on Nano mini-exhibit has returned from its northern California tour. Explore the science of small and the brave ..

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Check back soon for new exhibition announcements!


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