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The Great Valley Museum of Natural History To Open In New Location


Workers are constructing new exhibits for the Great Valley Museum on the west campus of Modesto Junior College.

There are large dioramas with deer, and  hawks.

Museum Director Barry Bauer says the two million dollar project will quadruple the size of the museum.

He says it will include a 30- by 45-foot beaver dam complete with a stream and pond.

"And we will have a beaver specimen as well as a muskrat on the dam itself and many, many other animals, birds, insects, snakes, you name it, positioned throughout the diorama to illustrate their natural setting."

Bauer expects thousands of grade school students to tour the museum when it opens next month. 


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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