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31 Museums to Visit in California

While many people visit California for the beaches, theme parks, sports teams, and outdoor adventures, be sure to explore these unique and fun museums on your next visit. 


1. Make your way into Berkley and check out Habitot Children's Museum, a top family destination in the Bay Area. It's just north of Oakland.

2. Stick to the Bay Area and visit the Fremont Museum of Local History. It's an ideal way to learn about Fremont's origins and culture. 

3. Experience the preservation and heritage of Solano County with a trip to the Vacaville Museum. It's a short drive north from Fairfield

Northern California Kids Activities

Historic small towns in California.

4. With a collection of over 25,000 artifacts, the Gilroy Museum yields a full day of fun – explore the museum on your next trip to Gilroy.

5. One of the more unique and quirky museums in the state is the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, another fun Bay Area attraction. Visit from nearby San Mateo or Millbrae

6. Any stay in the charming city of Hayward should yield a visit to the Hayward Area Historical Society & Museum

7. Explore Redwood City, another eclectic Bay Area city, and head for the Hiller Aviation Museum

8. In the Los Angeles metro area, check out recordings, new and old, of nearly 75,000 programs at the Paley Center for Media – formerly known as the Museum of Television & Radio. 

9. In Burbank, you'll want to experience the history of flight at the Burbank Aviation Museum

10. Another popular and sterling example of museums in Burbank is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour & Museum. Drive in from downtown LA and choose the VIP Tour, the Deluxe Tour, or the Group Tour.

11. West of downtown LA is the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas. Drive in from nearby Simi Valley and check it out. 

12. North of Barstow is the Naval Museum of Armament and Technology. Learn all about the air and surface weapon developments. 

Northern California Kids Activities

Travel with the whole family.

13. Illuminate your mind with a visit to the Museum of Tolerance, an ideal way to spend an afternoon in Los Angeles.

14. Another top destination in Los Angeles is the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits

15. When your Los Angeles area travels have you in Pasadena, be sure to explore the Pacific Asia Museum for cultural insights. 

16. Closer to the Pacific Ocean is the Redondo Beach Historical Museum. Enjoy your visit to Redondo Beach with a tour of their museum.

17. As your LA adventure takes your into San Bernardino, be sure to check out the McDonald's & Route 66 Museum.

18. Learn about the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum near Simi Valley.

19. In Victorville, the pleasant city south of Barstow, you'll find the Route 66 Territory Museum – visit soon and learn all about the famous "Mother Road."

20. When your travels through CA have you visiting the Central Valley, be sure to explore the Hanford Carnegie Museum in the city of Hanford

Northern California Kids Activities

Explore the Bay Area with the kids.

21. You can continue exploring Hanford with a visit to the Hanford Taoist Temple and Museum

22. Closer to the some of the most popular beaches in Southern CA, check out the International Surfing Museum, a Huntington Beach staple.

23. Enjoy your stay in the Orange County area with a visit to the Laguna Art Museum, one of the top cultural destinations in Laguna Beach.

24. Any tour of Oceanside should yield some time well spent at the California Surf Museum

25. When you visit the Capitol region and Sacramento, you won't want to miss out on the San Joaquin County Historical Museum

26. Drive in from Lodi and check out the Roseville Telephone Museum, a top area destination in Roseville.

27. Treat the entire family to an afternoon of local history and education – check out the California State Capitol Museum

28. Explore the Desert Region of CA and head for the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert in Palm Desert

29. In the city of Blythe, another charming Desert Region stop, be sure to explore the Palo Verde Historical Museum

30. Further north in the state, visit the city of Chico and don't miss out on visiting the Chico Museum, a fun attraction within the Shasta Cascades

31. Make summer travel plans for the San Diego area and check out the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in the city of Vista – a short drive from Escondido.

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