List of museums in the San Francisco Bay Area

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This list of museums in the San Francisco Bay Area is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


San Francisco[edit]

Alcatraz IslandAlcatraz dawn 2005-01-07.jpgPrisonOperated by the National Park Service, former federal prison, access by private ferry
Asian Art Museum of San FranciscoTibetan Mahakala.jpgArtArts of India, China, western Asia (including Persia), South-East Asia, Korea & Japan
Beat MuseumBeat Museum front 2.JPGLiterarywebsite, The Beats memorabilia and bookstore
Cable Car MuseumCable Car Station.jpgTransportation
California Academy of SciencesCaliforniaAcademyofSciences.jpgNatural history
California Historical SocietyCalifornia Historical Society San Francisco.jpgLocal historyCity history and culture
California Palace of the Legion of HonorPalace Legion Honor SF.jpgArtMostly French & European art
Cartoon Art MuseumArtArt of comics & cartoons, including original animation cels, comic book pages & early newspaper comic strips
Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning CenterEthnicHistory of Chinese in U.S.
Chinese Culture CenterArtExhibitions of traditional & contemporary Chinese & Chinese-American art
Contemporary Jewish MuseumContemporary Jewish Museum.jpgEthnicContemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas
de Young MuseumDeYoungMemorialMuseum.JPGArtAmerican painting, sculpture & decorative art, African, Oceanic, Meso-American, Central & South American art, textiles, contemporary craft, graphics art
ExploratoriumExploratorium Exhibits 2.jpgScienceHands-on science exhibits
Fort Point National Historic SiteFort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge.JPGMilitaryPart of The Presidio
The GLBT History MuseumGLBTHistoryMuseum.FrontWindows12 10.jpgHistoryHistory and culture of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, communities and movements
Haas-Lilienthal HouseHaas-Lilienthal House.jpgHistoric house1886 Victorian house with period rooms
International Art Museum of AmericaArtwebsite, Eastern and Western art including works by Chinese masters, Yun sculptures, classic 18th to 20th-century European portraits and landscapes
The LABRedstone Building (San Francisco).jpgArtInterdisciplinary arts organization with public gallery
Mexican MuseumEthnicFort Mason Center, Building D San Francisco, CA 94123. 415.202.9700
Mission Cultural Center for Latino ArtsArtwebsite, cultural arts center and gallery
Musée MécaniqueMusée Mécanique 003.JPGAmusementsPenny arcade games, mechanically operated musical instruments, video arcade games
Museo ItaloAmericanoEthnicItalian and Italian-American art and culture
Museum of Craft and DesignArtwebsite
Museum of Performance & DesignSFOperaHouse.jpgArtPerforming arts
Museum of Russian CultureEthnicwebsite, part of the Russian Center of San Francisco
Museum of the African DiasporaMuseum of the African Diaspora.jpgCulturalDiasporan histories of people of African origin & their influence & adaptation throughout the world
New Langton ArtsNewLangtonArts Exterior.jpgArtExperimental and innovative contemporary art
North Beach MuseumLocal historyinformation
Pacific Heritage MuseumPacific Heritage Museum.JPGSciencewebsite, artistic, cultural and economic achievements of the peoples of the Pacific Rim
The Presidio6in Rifled Gun No 9.jpgMultiplePark with several visitor centers with a fort, marine, military and historical exhibits
Randall MuseumMultipleArt, science, natural history, live animals
Ripley's Believe It or Not!EntertainmentNear Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Arts Commission GalleryArtContemporary art, three locations in San Francisco
San Francisco Fire Department MuseumFirefightingwebsite
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkHistoric ships of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.jpgMaritimeIncludes a fleet of historic vessels, a visitor center, a maritime museum and a library/research facility
San Francisco Museum at the MintOld US Mint (San Francisco) 3.JPGLocal historyPlanned museum in the Old Mint to be operated by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society
San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011.jpgArt
SFO MuseumMultiplewebsite, located in several locations in San Francisco International Airport, changing exhibits of aviation, art, history, technology, culture, photography
San Francisco Railway MuseumConductor's tools 1 SFRM.JPGRailwayAntique streetcars, cable cars, earthquake of 1906
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts CenterSFOperaHouse.jpgPerforming artsTours of the various performance spaces
Society of California PioneersLocal historyCalifornia art, history, and culture
SS Jeremiah O'BrienJeremiah O'Brien (Liberty ship, San Francisco).JPGMuseum shipWorld War II Liberty ship located at Fisherman's Wharf
Walt Disney Family MuseumDisney Museum 1.JPGBiographicalWalt Disney's life, awards & memorabilia
USS PampanitoPampanito (submarine, San Francisco).JPGMuseum shipSubmarine located at Fisherman's Wharf
Wattis Institute for Contemporary ArtsArtPart of California College of the Arts
Wax Museum at Fisherman's WharfWax
Wells Fargo History MuseumHistorywebsite, first location of the Wells Fargo company, history of the company and the California gold rush
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYbcfta side and yb gardens.jpgArtContemporary arts center with several galleries
ZeumZeum in SF.jpgChildren's

East Bay Area[edit]

Alameda MuseumAlamedaAlamedaEast BayLocal historyOperated by the Alameda Historical Society
Alameda Naval Air MuseumAlamedaAlamedaEast BayMilitarywebsite, history of the Alameda Naval Air Station, ship and airplane models
African American Museum and Library at OaklandAfrican American Museum and Library at Oakland (2008).jpgOaklandAlamedaEast BayAfrican American
Ardenwood Historic FarmMemorial-Day-2003.jpgFremontAlamedaEast BayHistoric housepark includes a farm, a large forest and the 19th century Patterson House
Badè Museum of Biblical ArchaeologyBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayArchaeologywebsite, part of Pacific School of Religion, artifacts from ancient Israel and Palestine, Greek and Cypriot ceramics, Egyptian scarabs, cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, and over 300 historic Bibles from around the world
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.jpegBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayArtPart of University of California, Berkeley, strengths in historical and contemporary Asian art, early American painting, mid-20th-century, Conceptual, contemporary international art, and California and Bay Area art
Berkeley History CenterBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayLocal historywebsite, operated by the Berkeley Historical Society
Black Diamond Mines Regional PreserveAntiochContra CostaEast BayMiningPark of former coal and sand mine
Blackhawk MuseumBlackhawkContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaAutomotiveClassic cars
Camron-Stanford HouseOaklandAlamedaEast BayHistoric housewebsite, Victorian house museum
Chabot Space and Science CenterChabot SSC entrance.jpgOaklandAlamedaEast BayScience
Cohen-Bray HouseOaklandAlamedaEast BayHistoric house
Downtown MuseumHaywardAlamedaEast BayLocal historywebsite, operated by the Hayward Area Historical Society
Duarte Garage MuseumLivermoreAlamedaEast BayAutomotivewebsite, operated by the Livermore Heritage Guild, classic cars and auto memorabilia, also called Lincoln Highway Museum
Dublin Heritage Park and Museums2009-0724-CA-Dublin-MurraySchoolhouse.jpgDublinAlamedaEast BayOpen airwebsite, includes 1856 Murray Schoolhouse, 1859 St. Raymond’s Church, Kolb House and outbuildings and Dublin Pioneer Cemetery
Dunsmuir HouseDunsmuir-house.jpgOaklandAlamedaEast BayHistoric house37-room Victorian mansion and estate grounds
Essig Museum of EntomologyVLSB.jpegBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayNatural historywebsite, insect research museum of the University of California, Berkeley, collections are only open to the public during the annual open house
Galindo House and GardensDon Francisco Galindo House (Concord, CA).JPGConcordContra CostaEast BayHistoric house19th century period historic house
Golden Gate Railroad MuseumSunolAlamedaEast BayRailroadHouses 12 locomotives and over 25 pieces of rolling stock, which are shown for special events
Habitot Children's MuseumBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayChildren'swebsite
Hayward Area Historical SocietyHaywardAlamedaEast BayLocal history
John Muir National Historic SiteJohn Muir Home (Martinez, CA).JPGMartinezContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaBiographical
Lacis Museum of Lace and TextilesBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayTextilewebsite
Lawrence Hall of ScienceLawrenceHallofScience2007.jpgBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayScience
Lightship RELIEF – WLV 605Lightship Relief (Oakland, CA).JPGOaklandAlamedaEast BayMuseum shipU.S. Coast Guard lightship
Lindsay Wildlife MuseumWalnut CreekContra CostaEast BayNature centerNatural history exhibits, animals, wildlife rehabilitation center
Livermore Carnegie MuseumLivermoreAlamedaEast BayLocal historywebsite, operated by the Livermore Heritage Guild
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and LifeBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayEthnicArt & history of the Jewish community in the thirteen western United States, now part of the University of California, Berkeley
McConaghy HouseHaywardAlamedaEast BayHistoric houseOperated by the Hayward Area Historical Society in Kennedy Park, Victorian estate
Mills College Art MuseumOaklandAlamedaEast BayArtwebsite, part of Mills College, creative work of women as artists and curators
Mission San JoséMission San José.jpgFremontAlamedaEast BayHistoric church
MOCHA: Museum of Children's ArtOaklandAlamedaEast BayChildren'swebsite, hands-on children's art programs
Museum of Local HistoryFremontAlamedaEast BayLocal historywebsite
Museum of Vertebrate ZoologyVLSB.jpegBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayNatural historyResearch museum of the University of California, Berkeley, collections are only open to the public during the annual open house, but a limited number exhibits are on display outside of the collection
Museum on MainPleasantonAlamedaEast BayLocal historywebsite, operated by the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society
Niles Canyon RailwayFremontAlamedaEast BayRailwayHeritage train and bus rides
Niles Depot MuseumFremontAlamedaEast BayRailwayModel railroads
Niles Essanay Silent Film MuseumFremontAlamedaEast BayMediaSilent films and their history
Oakland Asian Cultural CenterOaklandAlamedaEast BayCulturewebsite, Asian Pacific arts, culture and history
Oakland Aviation MuseumOaklandAlamedaEast BayAviationFormerly the Western Aerospace Museum, over 30 vintage and modern airplanes, both civilian and military, and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaOaklandAlamedaEast BayMultipleArt, history, culture and natural environment of California
Pacific Pinball MuseumAlamedaAlamedaEast BayAmusementFormerly the Lucky JuJu Pinball Museum, history, science and art of pinball machines
Pardee HomeOaklandAlamedaEast BayHistoric house1969 Victorian mansion with decorative artifacts
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of AnthropologyBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayAnthropologyFormerly the Lowie Museum of Anthropology, part of the University of California at Berkeley, collections include Native California, China, Africa ancient civilizations of Egypt, Peru, North America and the Mediterranean
Richmond Museum of HistoryRichmondContra CostaEast BayLocal historywebsite
San Leandro History Museum & Art GallerySan LeandroAlamedaEast BayMultiple[1], local history and art gallery
Shadelands Ranch MuseumWalnut CreekContra CostaEast BayLocal historyOperated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society
SS Red Oak VictoryRedOakVictory2.JPGRichmondContra CostaEast BayMaritimePart of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, World War II Victory ship
Takara Sake MuseumBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayFoodwebsite, historical sake-making process, sake artifacts and implements, history of sake-making in the United States
Thorsen HouseThorsen House.jpgBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayHistoric houseAmerican Craftsman style house
Union City Historical MuseumUnion CityAlamedaEast BayLocal historywebsite
University of California Museum of PaleontologyVLSB.jpegBerkeleyAlamedaEast BayPaleontologyCollections are only open to the public during the annual open house, but a limited number of fossil exhibits are on display outside of the collection
USS Hornet MuseumUSS-Hornet-CV-12-Dsc08437.jpgAlamedaAlamedaEast BayMuseum shipUnited States Navy aircraft carrier that served in World War II, the Vietnam War, and also played a part in the Apollo program
USS Potomac (AG-25)Uss-potomac-at-oakland.jpgOaklandAlamedaEast BayMuseum shipPresident Franklin Roosevelt's presidential yacht

San Francisco Peninsula[edit]

Burlingame Museum of Pez MemorabiliaBurlingameSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaCommodityPez dispensers, includes Classic Toy Museum
Classic Toy MuseumBurlingameSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaToywebsite, part of the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Colma Historical MuseumColmaSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaLocal historywebsite, operated by the Colma Historical Association
CuriOdysseySan MateoSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaNatural historyNatural history and environmental education center with an aviary and over 50 non-releasable native animals, formerly the Coyote Point Museum
FiloliFiloli.JPGWoodsideSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaHistoric house43-room country estate with 16-acre (65,000 m2) formal garden
Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit PavilionStanfordSanta ClaraSan Francisco PeninsulaHistorywebsite, part of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, changing exhibits from the collection
Hiller Aviation MuseumHiller Aviation Museum front.JPGSan CarlosSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaAviationVintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays and models
History Mini-Museum of Daly City/ColmaDaly CitySan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaLocal historywebsite, operated by the History Guild of Daly City/Colma, located in the Serramonte Main Library
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual ArtsIris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, California - 20060728.jpgStanfordSanta ClaraSan Francisco PeninsulaArtFormerly the Stanford University Museum of Art, part of Stanford University, includes Auguste Rodin sculpture garden
J. Gilbert Smith HouseLos AltosSanta ClaraSan Francisco PeninsulaHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Los Altos History Museum, 1905 Craftsman-style farm house with period furnishings
Junior Museum & ZooPalo AltoSanta ClaraSan Francisco PeninsulaChildren'swebsite, owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto
Millbrae MuseumMillbraeSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaLocal historywebsite, operated by the Millbrae Historical Society, antique furnishings, clothing, household items, transportation
Millbrae Train MuseumMillbraeSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaRailroadwebsite, operated by the Millbrae Historical Society
Museum of American HeritagePalo AltoSanta ClaraSan Francisco PeninsulaHistoryAlso known as MOAH, inventions and technology of the 19th and 20th century in a series of settings typical of the era
Palo Alto Art CenterPalo AltoSanta ClaraSan Francisco PeninsulaArtwebsite, art and artists of the San Francisco Bay Area
Peninsula Museum of ArtBelmontSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaArtwebsite
Sanchez AdobeSánchez Adobe exterior 1.JPGPacificaSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaHistoric houseOperated by the San Mateo County History Museum
San Mateo County History MuseumRedwood CitySan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaLocal historywebsite, story of San Mateo County including natural resources, immigration, important figures, industries, maritime history
Woodside StoreWoodsideSan MateoSan Francisco PeninsulaHistoric sitewebsite, operated by the San Mateo County History Museum, general store restored to 1880s appearance

Santa Clara Valley[edit]

Entries in this list are generally according to Santa Clara Valley.

Art Museum of Los GatosLos GatosSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtwebsite
Berryessa AdobeSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistoric housewebsite, 1840s adobe house
California History CenterCupertinoSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistorywebsite, education center and exhibit hall on regional and California history, part of De Anza College
Campbell Historic Museum and Ainsley HouseAinsley House.jpgCampbellSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal history
Children's Discovery Museum of San JoseChildren's Discovery Museum of San Jose.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyChildren's
Computer History MuseumComputer history museum.jpgMountain ViewSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyComputerHome to the largest and most significant collection of computing artifacts in the world, includes collection from now closed Computer Museum, Boston
Cupertino Historical Society & MuseumCupertinoSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal historywebsite, information
De Saisset MuseumDe Saisset Museum.jpgSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyMultiplePart of the Santa Clara University, art & history, includes paintings, jewels, silver, tapestries, California & Native American historical artifacts
Euphrat Museum of ArtCupertinoSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtPart of De Anza College
Gilroy MuseumGilroySanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal historywebsite, history of Gilroy and the South Santa Clara County area
Harris-Lass Historical MuseumSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistoric housewebsite, information, operated by the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara
Headen-Inman House/MuseumSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal historywebsite, houses the Santa Clara Historic Museum, local history and art, located on the grounds of the Triton Museum of Art
History Museum in the Forbes Mill AnnexUSA-Los Gatos-Forbes Mill-1.jpgLos GatosSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal historyHoused in a restored water mill
History Park at Kelley ParkSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyOpen airIncludes 27 original and reproduction homes, business and landmarks, Portuguese Historical Museum, Viet Museum, trolley barn with vehicles, art gallery
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyScienceTransistors, computer memory, microprocessors, how computer chips are made, history of Intel
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven StudiesSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyMusicLife and works of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, operated by San Jose State University and the American Beethoven Society
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyEthnicLocated in Japantown, Japanese American art, history and culture
Los Altos History MuseumLos AltosSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal historyIncludes the early 20th century J. Gilbert Smith House, area agriculture, cultural history
MACLASan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtwebsite, contemporary multicultural performing and visual art center, officially known as Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
Mexican Heritage PlazaSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyCulturalCultural center with art gallery
Moffett Field MuseumMoffett FieldSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyAviationwebsite, history of Moffett Federal Airfield, Navy airship USS Macon
Morgan Hill House at Villa Mira MonteMorgan HillSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Morgan Hill Historical Society, 1884 house with Queen Anne and Stick/Eastlake design
Morgan Hill MuseumMorgan HillSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal historywebsite, operated by the Morgan Hill Historical Society, includes an extensive collection of rocks and minerals
NASA Ames Exploration CenterNASA Ames Visitor Center.JPGMoffett Federal AirfieldSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyScienceNASA technology, missions and space exploration
New Almaden Quicksilver Mining MuseumNew AlmadenSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyMiningExhibits about the history of mercury mining and the lifestyles of mining communities at New Almaden
Peralta AdobePeraltaAdobe-cropped.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistoric houseOpen by appointment
Portuguese Historical MuseumPortugueseHistoricalMuseum-cropped.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyEthnicPart of History Park at Kelley Park, Portuguese history and culture, immigration into the Santa Clara Valley
Rengstorff HouseRengstorff House.jpgMountain ViewSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistoric houseVictorian Italianate mansion with period rooms
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumRc egyptian museum.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArchaeologicalAncient Egypt
San Benito County Historical & Recreational ParkHollisterSan BenitoSanta Clara ValleyOpen airwebsite, operated by the San Benito County Historical Society, historical village includes a school, dance hall, bar, jail, several houses, print shop and antique farm vehicles
San Jose Institute of Contemporary ArtSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtwebsite, contemporary art by emerging and established Bay Area artists
San Jose Museum of ArtSan-Jose-moa.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtFocuses on West Coast artists and artists of the Pacific Rim
San Jose Museum of Quilts & TextilesSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyTextileQuilts and textiles as an art form
South Bay Historical Railroad Society MuseumUSA-Santa Clara-Railroad Depot-2.jpgSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyRailroadAlso known as the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History, housed in the Santa Clara Depot
Sunnyvale Heritage Park MuseumSunnyvaleSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyLocal history
The Tech Museum of InnovationThe Tech Museum of Innovation 01718.JPGSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyScience
Thompson GallerySan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtwebsite, part of San José State University
Triton Museum of ArtSanta ClaraSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtContemporary and historical works of art by artists of the Greater Bay Area
Viet MuseumVietmuseum.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyEthnicPart of History Park at Kelley Park, experience of Vietnamese Americans and their journey from Vietnam to the United States
Villa MontalvoVillaMontalvoMansion.jpgSaratogaSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtHistoric mansion, houses the Montalvo Arts Center with a gallery and performing arts
Wapple House MuseumHollisterSan BenitoSanta Clara ValleyLocal historywebsite, operated by the San Benito County Historical Society
Winchester Mystery HouseWinchester House Front.jpgSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyHistoric house160 room Victorian mansion with many unexplained oddities
Wings of History MuseumSan MartinSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyAviationAntique aircraft and aircraft engines
Works/San JoseSan JoseSanta ClaraSanta Clara ValleyArtwebsite, alternative community art and performance center with exhibit gallery

Other San Francisco Bay Area[edit]

Alvarado AdobeSan PabloContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaHistoric housewebsite, operated by the San Pablo Historical Society
Arts BeniciaBeniciaSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaArtwebsite, art center with exhibit gallery
Bay Area Discovery MuseumSausalitoMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaChildren'swebsite
Bay Model Visitor CenterSausalitoMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaScienceThree-dimensional hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta areas capable of simulating tides and currents, over 1.5 acres (6,100 m2) in size, operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers
Benicia Capitol State Historic ParkBenicia state capitol exterior.JPGBeniciaSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaHistoryCalifornia’s third capitol building, restored to 1850s appearance
Benicia Historical MuseumBeniciaSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historywebsite
Blackhawk MuseumBlackhawkContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaAutomotiveClassic cars
Blume HouseSan PabloContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaHistoric housewebsite, operated by the San Pablo Historical Society
Bolinas MuseumBolinasMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaArtwebsite
California Missions MuseumSonomaSonomaNorth CoastHistoryLocated at Cline Cellars, models of the California missions
Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research CenterCharles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.JPGSanta RosaSonomaNorth CoastBiographicalLife and art of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
China Camp State ParkSan RafaelMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaOpen airExhibits about former Chinese shrimp-fishing village including a house museum
Crockett MuseumCrockettContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaHistoric houseinformation
Diablo Valley College MuseumPleasant HillContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaNatural historywebsite, biology, anthropology, geology, other sciences, Native American
Dixie SchoolhouseSan RafaelMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaEducationOne room schoolhouse
Dutra Museum of DredgingRio VistaSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaIndustryinformation, private collection of dredging equipment and fossils
Eugene O'Neill National Historic SiteDanvilleContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaBiographicalAdvance reservations are required to visit
Falkirk Cultural CenterSan RafaelMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaArtwebsite, owned and operated by the City of San Rafael
Forest Home FarmsSan RamonContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaOpen airwebsite
Fort Ross State Historic ParkFortRoss-chapel-reconstructed.jpgFort RossSonomaNorth CoastOpen airearly 19th-century Russian-American Company settlement
Golden State Model Railroad MuseumPoint RichmondContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaRailroadFeatures dozens of realistic city and country scenes, with model trains from different eras running on several layouts in different scales
Gould-Shaw House MuseumCloverdaleSonomaNorth CoastHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Cloverdale Historical Society
Hand Fan MuseumHealdsburgSonomaNorth CoastDecorative artsMuseum about fans and the cultures and people who use them
Healdsburg Museum and Historical SocietyHealdsburgSonomaNorth CoastLocal historywebsite
Hearst Art GalleryMoragaContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaArtwebsite, part of Saint Mary's College of California, collection includes works by Andy Warhol, William Keith and over 4000 art objects
Jack London State Historic ParkLondonCottage.jpgGlen EllenSonomaNorth CoastBiographicalAlso known as Jack London Home and Ranch
Kule LokloMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaNative AmericanRecreated Coast Miwok Native American village in Point Reyes National Seashore
Luther Burbank Home and GardensSanta RosaSonomaNorth CoastHistoric house
Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Experiment FarmGold Ridge Caretaker Cottage 3520.jpgSebastopolSonomaNorth CoastHistoric house
Marin History MuseumSan RafaelMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historyMarin County history and culture
Marin Museum of Contemporary ArtNovatoMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaContemporary ArtPresents new work by emerging and established artists
Marin Museum of the American IndianNovatoMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaNative AmericanSituated on an actual site of a Miwok village
Martinez MuseumMartinezContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historywebsite, operated by the Martinez Historical Society
McCune Rare Book and Art CollectionVallejoSolanoSan Francisco Bay Areabook and printing historywebsite
Military Antiques & MuseumPetalumaSonomaNorth CoastMilitarywebsite
Mission San Francisco de SolanoMission San Francisco Solano.jpgSonomaSonomaNorth CoastBiographicalOne of the sites of Sonoma State Historic Park, 19th-century Spanish mission
Mission San Rafael ArcángelInterior of Chapel at Mission San Rafael.jpgSan RafaelMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaHistoryEarly 19th-century Spanish mission
Museum of the San Ramon ValleyDanvilleContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historywebsite, housed in a restored train depot
Nike Missile Site SF-88Golden Gate National Recreation AreaMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaMilitary
Novato History MuseumNovatoMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historywebsite
Pacific Coast Air MuseumSanta RosaSonomaNorth CoastAviationRestored American military, propeller and jet aircraft
Petaluma Adobe State Historic ParkAdobeNorthWingEdit2808.jpgPetalumaSonomaNorth CoastHistoric houseHistoric ranch and adobe house
Petaluma MuseumPetalumaSonomaNorth CoastLocal historywebsite, housed in a Carnegie library, exhibits include Petaluma poultry, dairy, and Miwok Indian history
Petaluma Wildlife MuseumPetalumaSonomaNorth CoastNatural historyLive and taxidermied animals, housed on the Petaluma High School campus
Playland-Not-At-The-BeachEl CerritoContra CostaSan Francisco Bay AreaAmusementsItems from circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, haunted houses, penny arcades, over 25 pinball and classic video game machines
Rancho Obi-WanPetalumaSonomaNorth CoastMediawebsite, private tours of a collection of Star Wars props, movie items, toys, art and memorabilia
Rio Vista MuseumRio VistaSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historyinformation, information
Santa Rosa Junior College MuseumSanta RosaSonomaNorth CoastNative AmericanEthnographic art of the Americas and parts of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific
Sonoma County MuseumOld Santa Rosa Post Office, Downtown Santa Rosa,2.jpgSanta RosaSonomaNorth CoastMultipleHistory, art, and culture of the region
Sonoma State Historic ParkMission San Francisco Solano.jpgSonomaSonomaNorth CoastOpen airSix historic sites including Mission San Francisco de Solano, the Presidio of Sonoma, the Vallejo Estate, a historic houses, a hotel and inn
Sonoma Valley Museum of ArtSonomaSonomaNorth CoastArtWorks by regional, national and international modern and contemporary artists
Spaulding Wooden Boat CenterSpauldingbw.jpgSausalitoMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaMaritimeRestores and preserves significant, historic wooden sailing vessels
Tiburon Railroad-Ferry Depot MuseumTiburonMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaTransportationwebsite, railroad and ferry history and artifacts, operated by the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
Travis Air Force Base Heritage CenterFairfieldSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaAviationwebsite
United States Immigration StationDetention center angel island.jpgAngel IslandMarinSan Francisco Bay AreaHistoryLocated in Angel Island State Park
Vacaville MuseumVacavilleSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historywebsite
Vallejo Naval & Historical MuseumVallejoSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaLocal historywebsite, local and maritime history
West County MuseumSebastopolSonomaNorth CoastLocal historywebsite, operated by the Western Sonoma County Historical Society
Western Railway MuseumWRM087.JPGSuisunSolanoSan Francisco Bay AreaRailroadHistoric streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and other western states

Defunct museums[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hall of Health, accessed 4/12/2013
  2. ^ Museum of Craft and Folk Art, accessed 4/12/2013

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