EST. 2004

It all began on a hot summer day in 1949. While camping in Humboldt County, a young boy named Michael Rugg strayed from his family and walked through a tall thicket where he happened upon an enormous primate like creature. Before Michael could even speak the creature had vanished. Shaken by the encounter, Michael became convinced that the only feasible identity of the creature was the famed Sasquatch, an illusive primate that is rumored to wander the Pacific West. From that day on, Michael Rugg became determined to prove the existence of bipedal primates in California. 



1. To attract and educate the public with the facts of mystery primates across the globe, free of charge.

2. To establish a research center for discovery science and bipedal primates.

3. To create a safe place for folks to share their own experiences, thoughts, and beliefs surrounding mystery primates. 

4. To highlight the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation in California.

5. To seek proof of the existence of Bigfoot through investigatory field research and forensics.

6. To keep Santa Cruz weird.



Our collection includes exhibits of local history, tied in with local Bigfoot sightings, Popular Culture as it relates to the public view of Bigfoot, and actual evidence in the form of plaster foot and hand prints along with detailed exhibit on the Patterson-Gimlin Film.  We are privileged to have the permission and blessing of Roger Patterson’s widow, Patricia Patterson, to make the Patterson/Gimlin film footage available for viewing to visitors on a continuous loop here at the Museum.  There are exhibits inside the main building as well as in the rear, a nocturnal diorama featuring Bigfoot and an audio-video outside “cafe” area where you can see Bigfoot documentaries of your choosing.