• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures

    From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »

  • 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended

    March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »

  • Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013

    The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »

Collections

Red Barn Exterior

Museum and Archival Research Services are located in the Red Barn at Bear Valley


The Point Reyes National Seashore Museum holdings include natural history specimens, archeological collections, historic objects and archives. The collections are made accessible to the public for research, exhibits, and educational uses. They are preserved in a climate-controlled collection storage and research facility at the park headquarters in Bear Valley. Access to collections is by appointment, 415-464-5125, or through research requests by email.


The biology collections include insects, vertebrate and invertebrate voucher specimens, and an herbarium. Natural history collections include paleontology and geology type sample collections from the Point Reyes Peninsula and Tomales Bay areas of the Seashore.

Artifacts, archives, and art document prehistoric Coast Miwok material culture, 16th century explorers of the area during the first contact period, Mexican settlements, and the extensive dairy ranching and coastal maritime history of West Marin. Beginning with the gold rush era through today, the archives include manuscripts, photographs, maps, and oral histories. The archive is also a federal repository for Point Reyes National Seashore's permanent records (1962-present) documenting resource management and administration of the park.

The Library contains non-circulating books, audio visual materials, and subject reference files of print materials. These focus on the themes described above, particularly rare and unpublished materials. Also available are papers, studies, theses, dissertations, and journal articles produced through contemporary scientific studies and research at the park on natural and cultural topics.

Did You Know?

Deathcap Mushrooms © John Lennie

Deathcap mushrooms are found throughout the Point Reyes region and are the most poisonous mushrooms in the world. But they're fairly new arrivals here. They invaded the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1930s, likely brought over on cork trees from Europe for the wine industry. More...