California Museums - Museum Information and Photos


There are hundreds of museums in California filled with thousands of countless rare and collectible, unique and odd items.  Trains, cars, art, surfing memorabilia, antiques and even cartoon and Hollywood costumes fill the museums that you can visit and enjoy in California. We love museums and are always looking for a new museum to visit at some California town or city destination.  If you think all museums are the same, think twice. Some of the museums in California have displays and cases designed by groups such as Disney imagineering.  Not all museums are created equal.


What's clear about the assortment of these collector showcases of rare or interesting items is that those who run them generally have a passion for a subject and take it seriously.  Without their efforts, the public would not have the opportunity to look at rare woven baskets, valuable guns, woodwork equipment, Charley Brown cartoon drawings, life in the 1800's, surfing, classic collector cars, historic trains, the lifestyle of the California regions...on and on.  School children, adults and even little toddlers participate in the museum experience in California. While there's no rocket science to being curious, you will find rocket science in museums such as San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. 


While just about every city in California has a museum, the quality varies markedly. And the focus can range across a broad plain of collections, artifacts and interests.  Some cities are just incredible places to visit fro their museums, and among them are Sacramento.


Once a year the Smithsonian features a free museum day for participating museums throughout the United States. Here's a list of participant museums in California in this recent annual event. For an updated list and times, check out


Sacramento  Museums
The Getty Museum & Gardens
Los Angeles
Winchester Mystery House
San Jose
Autry Museum of
Western Heritage
Los Angeles
Civil War
Mariposa Museum
& History Center
California Lighthouse Museums
Calico Ghost Town
Steinbeck Museum
The Red Car Museum
Seal Beach
Walk of Fame
Queen Mary Ship
Long Beach
The Tech Museum
San Jose
San Luis Obispo County Historical Museums
San Luis Obispo
Parks Janeway Carriage Museum 
 Santa Ynez
Hearst Castle
San Simeon
Huntington Library
Museum & Gardens
California Ranchos,
Adobes, Houses
Anaheim Museum
Fort Ross
California Mission
San Luis Obispo County Historical Museums
San Luis Obispo
Erle Stanley
Gardner Building
Los Rios District
San Juan Capistrano
Long Beach Art Museum
Discovery Science Center
Santa Ana
Wells Fargo Museum
Los Angeles
San Diego Art Museum
Blue Ox Millworks
Surfing Museums
Griffith Quarry
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