The Natural History Museum Cabo San Lucas, referenced by Spanish guests as Musao de Historia Natural de abo San Lucas, first opened its doors on October 9th of 2006. For this building to house a historical museum is appropriate considering it was originally was the site of "Articulo 123 Naciones Unidas," the first primary school in Cabo San Lucas. Guaranteed to have artifacts to delight and educate all visitors, children and teens will find the birds, reptiles and marine mammals quite interesting. Adult and teens will especially enjoy learning more about pirates and old salts who plied the sea for over 10,000 years. Museum goers are admonished not to allow the museum's entrance graced by the skeleton of a gigantic whale to occupy too much of their time.
It is believed that the museum owes its life to the dedication and endeavors of Jesuit Catholic Priest, Nicolás Tamaral, as he ministered to Pericu Indians around 1730. Appropriately, masses in English and Spanish are still conducted weekly at Iglesia Catolica de San Lucas, Cabo's oldest structure dating back to the late 1600s. As visitors wend their way through the museum, they are encouraged to keep an eye out for clues surrounding the demise of Father Tamaral and the somewhat clandestine activities of British mariners, Sir Frances Drake, Thomas Cavendish and legendary conquistador Hernando Cortez.
The guest list of famous visitors who have come through the years to admire and learn about the skeletal remains of Pericu female Edue or Cora and history relative to Cabo San Lucas include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Elton John and John Wayne.
Wandering through the museum's seven rooms is a great way to explore what lies deep beneath the water of the seas around us. Other rooms are devoted to paleontology, geology and astronomy. Although repairs are ongoing following damage incurred during Hurricane Odile in 2014, free-admission tours are still available Tuesday through Saturday.
Museum Address and Hours of Operation
- Open: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
- Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00
- Address: Plaza Amelia Wilkes, Downtown Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
- Phone: (624) 105-0661