The Great Valley Museum features a permanent museum display that contains over 200 taxidermy specimens and objects from our permanent collection. Our exhibit focuses on the five existing habitats found in California before colonial settlement and agricultural expansion, dated pre-1800's. The displays features plants and animal specimens from the Riparian, Alkali Sink, Oak Woodland, Vernal Pool, and Grassland habitats. In addition, we also showcase a display on the Indigenous Me-Wuk Tribe that inhabited the Central Valley region of California. We hope you enjoy exploring the imaginative exhibits.
Special Exhibition: A Life in the Wild by Thomas D. Mangelsen
On view March 1st - November 18th, 2023. Renowned American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 50 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. From polar bears in the Arctic to vast herds of game on the plains of Africa, from the deep jungles of South America to the tigers of India, to images revealing the diversity of wildlife in the American West, Mangelsen has captured rare moments and vast panoramas from all seven continents.