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 smithsonianmag.com

 

Sacramento  Museums
Sacramento
The Getty Museum & Gardens
Los Angeles
Winchester Mystery House
San Jose
Autry Museum of
Western Heritage
Los Angeles
Civil War
Re-enactment
 
Mariposa Museum
& History Center
 
California Lighthouse Museums
Calico Ghost Town
Museum
Yermo
Steinbeck Museum
Salinas
 
The Red Car Museum
Seal Beach
 
Hollywood
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
Museums
 
San Luis Obispo County Historical Museums
San Luis Obispo
Erle Stanley
Gardner Building
Ventura
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
Eureka
 
 
Surfing Museums
 
Griffith Quarry
Penryn
 
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