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Oakland Museum of California History
[Goldrush!] [Natives & Immigrants]
Focusing on the
history of California from prehistory to present time, the
museum offers an array of exhibits, tours, performances and
other materials related to the history of the great state of
California. Located at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, CA.
Alpine Museum & Historical Complex [Alpine
This history museum
actually comprises numerous buildings in the historic complex.
The buildings include the 1892 Webster Schoolhouse, Markleeville
Log Jail, and a restored silver ore stamp mill. Exhibits
follow the history of the Alpine County area from the Washoe
Native Americans through the early pioneers. Located on
School Street in Markleeville, CA.
Nugget Museum [Take
Focused on the
history of the Ridge, the museum offers school children a chance
to see what living in the 1850s was like through living history
exhibits. The museum boasts a large collection of Maidu Indian
artifacts. The museum also operates the
Paradise Depot Museum, focusing on area railroad and logging
history, 5570 Black Olive Drive, Paradise. The Gold Nugget
Museum is located at 502 Pearson Road in Paradise CA.
El Dorado County
Foundry History Institute
Devoted to the history of foundries in
California, the museum features a large collection of
artifacts, photographs, documents and other items related to
the history of the Gold Rush which was the beginnings of the
foundry history and it's casting uses in transportation,
defense, water control and recycling. Located at 2971
Warren Lane in El Dorado Hills, CA.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Pan for gold in
the exact same spot where it was first discovered in
California. Known today as Coloma, the site is
responsible for the historical Gold Rush which began in
1848. The site has over 20 historic buildings
including a sawmill, school, store, houses and mining
buildings. Located at 310 Back Street in Coloma, CA.
Kearney Mansion Museum
Once the home to M.
Theo Kearney who made his fortune in raisins, the mansion can be
seen through guided tours on weekends. Located at 7160 W.
Kearney Blvd. inside Kearney Park in Fresno, CA.
The museum is
dedicated to the history of the town of Shoshone and the early
pioneers of Death Valley and the surrounding desert.
Located on California State Hwy 127 in Shoshone, CA.
Kern Valley Historical Society and Museum
The museum is
focused on the early history of the area and includes
artifacts from the Tubatulabal Tribe, Native Americans of
this region. Other exhibits are related to the early
pioneers, gold miners and lumberjacks who settled the Kern
Valley. Located at 49 Big Blue Road in Kernville, CA.
Maturango Museum [Petroglyph Tours]
The museum is
devoted to the history and geology of the Northern Mojave
Desert. Located at 100 E. Las Flores Avenue in
Tehachapi Heritage League and Museum
preserving the cultural heritage and history of Tehachapi,
CA, the museum is housed in the old Kern County Library
building located at 310 S. Green Street in Tehachapi, CA.
Lake County's Historic Stone House
Built of local
stone in the winter of 1853-1854, the house is said to be the
oldest building in Lake County, CA and is operated by the Stone
House Historical Society. The house is filled with
antiques of days gone by. Located inside the gates of the
Hidden Valley Lake residential community at 18174 Hidden Valley
Road in Hidden Valley Lake, CA.
Los Angeles County
Autry National Center
Previously known as the Museum of Western
Heritage, the museum was founded by Gene and Jackie Autry
and Monte and Joanne Hale. The museum is focused on
the heritage of the American West and how it influenced the
world. Located inside Griffith Park in Los
Barracks Civil War Museum
Barracks History] [Virtual
This important military installation was
foremost in securing Arizona and New Mexico for the Union
during the Civil War and later served as an outpost during
the Indian Wars. In 1987 the barracks building was
opened as a museum. Throughout the year re-enactments
are held along with many other events. Located at 1052
Banning Blvd in Wilmington, CA.
Hollywood Heritage Museum
Hollywood History Museum
the historic Max Factor building, the museum is devoted to
the past history and magic of the motion picture industry.
There are over 5000 exhibits created for movie fans on four
floors. Location is 1660 N. Highland Avenue in
J. Paul Getty Museum
the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, the museum is
devoted to the preservation of the history of the LAPD and
features exhibits of memorabilia, patches, uniforms,
historical documents and photos related to that history.
The society also provides
research of past officers and policemen. The
museum holds an extensive collection of historical
at 6045 York Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.
Manhattan Beach Historical Society Beach Cottage
a typical beach cottage, it features board and batten walls with
an overlay of external shingles and painted with a rust red
stain. In the early 1900s, families would come from Los
Angeles and Pasadena on the trolley to spend time on the beach.
The cottage houses the museum and displays historical artifacts,
memorabilia and information. Located in Polliwog Park at
1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Martial Arts Museum
The Martial Arts
History Museum is dedicated to the history of Asian forms of
martial arts and their impact on American history. From
the influx of Chinese Immigrants to the West to the Spread of
martial arts through American cinema, visitors are taken through
a timeline of historic events. Located at 2319 W. Magnolia
Blvd. in Burbank, CA.
Mount Lowe [History]
preservation society is devoted to the preservation of the
history of Mount Lowe Railway and it's founders Thaddeus S.
C. Lowe and David J. Macpherson. The Mount Lowe
Railway was once known as one of the world's greatest scenic
Page Museum / La Brea Tar Pits
Pasadena Museum of History [Research]
primarily on the early Pasadena business history with
exhibits of photos and artifacts from Pasadena businesses,
the museum also operates docent guided tours to the
Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Art Museum.
Begin your visit at 470 West Walnut Street in Pasadena, CA.
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
unusual museum featuring exhibits, documentaries and
statements from health professionals about the victims of
psychiatric brutality. Free to the public, the museum
is located at 6616 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.
San Dimas Museum
the Santa Fe Station, the historical museum is focused on
preserving the history of San Dimas and the surrounding
Southern California area. Call (909) 305-9466 for
hours. Located at 210 W. Bonita Avenue in San Dimas,
Southwest Museum of The American Indian
This museum has
merged with The
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Get a look behind
the scenes at Warner Brothers Studio. The VIP Tour Center is
located at 3400 Riverside Drive in Burbank, California.
Wells Fargo History Museum at Los Angeles
exhibits from the past of the famed Well Fargo, the museum
is located at 333 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.
The 1879 Boyd Gate
House has been home to the Marin History Museum / Marin County
Historical Society since 1959. The house is located at the
entrance to Boyd Park, the family estate of famed Arctic
explorer Louise Arner Boyd. The museum is focused on the
history of the Marin County area of California. Rotating
exhibits include Louise A. Boyd: Heiress & Explorer; military
history of Marin; the Golden Gate Bridge and historical
artifacts, photos and other items related to the history of
Marin County. Located at 1125 B Street in San Rafael, CA.
Museum of the American Indian
Focused on educating the public about the history
and culture of Native Americans in California and other regions
of the US, the museum features historical Native American
artifacts and holds a large collection of Native American masks.
Located inside Miwok Park at 2200 Novato Boulevard in Novato, CA
Novato History Museum
Housed inside the
oldest dwelling in Novato, it was erected ca 1850 by Ramon
Pacheco. The museum is operated by the Novato Historical
Guild and docent-guided tours are offered. Located at 815
DeLong Avenue in Novato, CA.
Mariposa Museum and History Center
The museum, celebrating it's fiftieth year, is
an excellent history museum. Dedicated to the history and
life style of early peoples of Mariposa County, you will find an
array of authentic artifacts and documents to explore.
Exhibits of early mining equipment and real gold panning lessons
will bring history to life for visitors. For history /
genealogy buffs, there is a research library available by
appointment. Located at 519 Jessie Street in Mariposa, CA.
Boronda Adobe House
Jose Eusebio Boronda]
1844 and 1848 by Jose Eusebio Boronda in the lower Salinas
Valley, the house was occupied by descendants of the Boronda
family until 1929 when the property was sold to Charles Brooks
who built his home behind the adobe structure. In 1976 the
house was restored and opened as a museum. Open weekdays.
Located at 333 Boronda Road in Salinas, CA.
Monterey Maritime Museum & History Center
Maritime Museum holds almost 6000 artifacts and over 50,000
photographs and documents related to the maritime history of the
Monterey area. Exhibit themes include the Rumsien / Ohlone
Indians and Spanish explorers, the USS Macon and war in the
Pacific, Monterey's past as the sardine capital of the world and
more. Located at 5 Custom House Plaza in Monterey, CA.
Firehouse #1 Museum
Built in 1861, the firehouse was used for nearly
80 years as a firehouse and saw everything from horse-drawn fire
wagons to the modern motorized fire engines roll through its
doors. In 1947 the building was designated as a
museum by the Nevada County Historical Society. Inside
visitors will find Indian artifacts, Chinese artifacts, and
historical items related to the daily life and history of the
people who have lived in Nevada County. Located at 215
Main Street in Nevada City, Ca.
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Focused on the
preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from
the narrow gauge railroad era, the museum features docent-guided
tours. Visitors will learn about the narrow gauge
railroads in the museum and view a collection of wooden rail
cars in the railyard. Located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada
Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum
the museum features
hundreds of mining artifacts and includes a working Stamp Mill,
Cornish Pump and the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed.
The museum offers guided tours and visitors will learn about
gold mining in the Gold Country of California. Located at
11505 Via Vista in Nevada City, CA.
The Bradford House
A historic home built in Placentia ca 1902
by Albert Sumner Bradfor. The home is furnished in
period style and is open for tours and special events.
136 Palm Circle, Placentia, CA.
Heritage Hill Historical Park
This lovely 4
acre park features 4 historical buildings. Historical
structures include the 1908 Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1890
St. George's Episcopal Mission, 1890 El Toro Grammar School
and the 1863 Serrano Adobe. Guided tours are offered
and the grounds are available for rental. Located at
25151 Serrano Road in Lake Forest, CA.
Forest Hill Divide Museum
California Bear Flag Museum [History]
The museum is focused on the original
California Bear Flag which was created in 1846 after the
Bear Flag Revolt which heralded the beginnings of the state
Located at 7364 Windbridge Drive in
California State Indian Museum
Focused on the
history and culture of the Native Americans who inhabited
California for centuries before pioneer settlement, the
museum features exhibits and artifacts which include
basketry, beadwork, clothing and the many traditions of the
diverse Indian Tribes of California. Located at 2618 K
Street in Sacramento, CA.
California State Railroad Museum
Focused on the
"Iron Horse" which connected California to the rest of the
United States, the museum features 21 beautifully restored
locomotives and train cars dating back as far as 1862.
Seasonal steam train rides on the Southern Railroad are
offered from the Public Market in Old Sacramento at Front &
K Streets. Located at 125 I Street in Old Sacramento,
California State History Museum and State Archives
California State Military Museum
State Capitol Museum [Architecture
Sutters Fort State Historical Park
Museum of Sutter's Fort]
was located on a land grant given to Swiss immigrant John
Sutter in 1839. This early settlement became a well
known refuge for travelers and early immigrants to
California. Known as New Helvetia, all that is left of
this large agricultural settlement is the fort, which has
been restored. The park is located in midtown
Sacramento between K & L Streets and 26th and 28 Streets and
the fort is open daily for tours.
Wells Fargo History Museum at Old Town Sacramento
history of the Pony Express and stagecoach history in
Sacramento, CA. Located at 1000 Second Street in
West Sacramento Historical Gallery
Housed inside the
West Sacramento Community Center / Visitor's Center, is a
gallery operated by the
West Sacramento Historical Society. Visitors will
learn about the historic past of West Sacramento, California.
Located at 1075 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, CA.
San Bernardino County
Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum
Calico Museum and Ghost Town
Visit a true
ghost town. The mining town of Calico was founded in
1881 and once bustled with 22 saloons and 500 silver & gold
mines. Known as one of the richest mining towns in
California, it became a ghost town after 1907. It has
been preserved and today living history re-enactments are
featured in the 480 acre park. Located just northeast
of Barstow, CA off of Interstate 15. For more
information call 1-800-TO CALICO.
Mojave River Valley Museum
Emphasis is on the
preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical and
cultural heritage of the Mojave Desert. Exhibits portray
the history of the Mojave River Valley from 1776 to present day.
The museum boasts an archive of local area newspapers dating
back to 1911 and a collection of over 20,000 photos.
Located at 270 Virginia Way in Barstow, CA.
Redlands Historical Glass Museum
The Historical Glass Museum displays 6,000 examples of
American glass from the 18th through 21st centuries. A
non-profit foundation, open to the public by donation since
1985. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Located at 1157 N. Orange St., 4 blocks north of the I-10 in
San Bernardino County Museum
Bernardino History & Railroad Museum
The museum specializes in local and railroad
history. It contains many unique railroad memorabilia and
one-of-a-kind artifacts surrounded by hundreds of historic
photographs. Antique horse-drawn buggies and the first
automobile operated in San Bernardino are on display. Railroad
videos and history slide shows are continuously playing. Visitors
will view Model Train Displays. The museum is located in the
historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot at 1170 W. 3rd Street in San
Victor Valley Museum
Western America Railroad Museum [Virtual Exhibit]
San Diego County
Balboa Park - America's Largest Urban Cultural Park
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center features
exhibits of local history and fine arts. Begun over 20 years ago
as a one-day display of historic photographs, the Bonita Museum
strives to preserve and celebrate the spirit of Bonita in it two
spacious galleries. In the Audi Lawson Gallery, the various
stories of Bonita’s one hundred year history are told with
artifacts and photographs. Displays include Native American
culture, the lemon orchard period, the events of the flood of
1916, and the transformation of family life by technology.
Presentations in The Corky McMillin Companies Gallery change six
times each year, and include the Museum’s Annual Juried Fine Art
Exhibit, Community Art Shows, and traveling exhibits of art and
history. The Museum also hosts various special events each year
including an annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration, a Music
Concert Series, and the ‘Bonita People’ Speaker Series. The
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center is located at 4355 Bonita Road
in Bonita, adjacent to the Bonita Sunnyside Branch Library
Cabrillo National Monument
La Casa De Estudillo
This 1820s U-shaped
casa was built by Jose Antonio de Estudillo of four-foot thick
adobe bricks. The Estudillo family occupied the home until
1887. Today the adobe home has been restored by the San
Diego Committee of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of
America in the State of California. Spanish and early
American artifacts and relics are featured inside as well as
period furnishings. Open to visitors daily. Located
inside Old Town, San Diego State Historic Park in San Diego, CA.
Machado-Stewart Adobe House
One of the oldest
buildings in Old Town, the small two room adobe house was built
in 1830. Originally the home to Jose' Manuel and Maria
Machado, it was last occupied by their daughter Rosa and her
husband Jack Stewart. It has been restored and furnished
by the San Diego Committee of The National Society of The
Colonial Dames of America in the State of California. Open
daily for tours. Located in
Town, San Diego State Historical Park in San Diego, CA.
Marston House Museum and Gardens
Built in 1905 for
George White and Anna Gunn Marston, the home sits on 5 acres of
beautiful gardens and is today available for tours.
Located inside Balboa Park at 3525 Seventh Avenue in San Diego,
Museum of San Diego History [Photo
Located in Balboa
Park, you will find exhibits depicting the early history of
the San Diego region.
Town San Diego [History]
delight in this historical town where California's history
begins. Filled with historic sites, shops, restaurants,
museums, it is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
Located at 2383 San Diego Avenue in San Diego, CA.
Old Town State Historic Park [Photo Gallery]
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego Sheriff's Office Museum
Located in the Old Town State Historic Park. 2384 San Diego Avenue. Free admission.
Serra Museum [History]
A 1929 Mission
style building located in Presidio Park.
Wells Fargo History Museum at San Diego
historical items from the past of Wells Fargo as it operated
in San Diego, the museum is located at 2733 San Diego Avenue
in San Diego, CA.
William Heath Davis House Museum & Information Center
The William Heath
Davis Historic House Museum is the oldest surviving structure in
the Gaslamp District of San Diego. The home has been
occupied by some fascinating people including pre-Civil War
soldiers, a German Spy, and found of San Diego - Alonzo Horton.
Each room of the home has been furnished in a different historic
period of the home and visitors will learn about the former
inhabitants. Located at 410 Island Avenue in the downtown
historic Gaslamp District of San Diego.
San Francisco County
Prison Cell in Alcatraz
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Alcatraz Island [Photos
tour of Alcatraz Prison, this is likely one of the most
visited places in the United States. Experience life
behind bars where some of the most hardened criminals in
America's past spent time. Al Capone and the famed
Birdman of Alcatraz are just a couple of them. Prior
to the use of Alcatraz for the prison, the island was used
by the U. S. Army as a fort. A visit here is a must
for anyone taking a trip to San Francisco. Alcatraz
Island is steeped in history. Tours leave several
times daily from Pier 33 on The Embarcadero and the park
service recommends advance purchase of tickets.
California Historical Society Museum
Golden Gate Railroad Museum
The Museum of the City of San Francisco
Built in 1861
by William C. McElroy, it is one of five octagon shaped
houses built in the city. The house has been restored
and opened to the public by The National Society of The
Colonial Dames of America in California. Collections
include decorative arts of the Colonial and Federal periods
along with a collection of documents pertaining to Colonial
and Early American history. Located at 2645 Gough
Street in San Francisco, CA.
Seymour Pioneer Museum
Wells Fargo History Museum at San Francisco
The museum is
located at the site where the company opened for business in
1852, the museum features exhibits of stagecoaches, gold
dust and gold ore, and artifacts related to the history of
Wells Fargo & Company in California history. Located
at 420 Montgomery Street in San Francisco, CA.
San Joaquin County
San Joaquin County Historical Society and
Located at 11793 N. Micke Grove Road in Micke Grove Regional
Park between the cities of Stockton and Lodi, the museum
offers multiple historic buildings including the
Julia Weber House,
Captain Weber Home, an 1856
one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, harness shop and
other historical buildings with exhibits representing the
history and development of San Joaquin County.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County History Museum
The History Museum
is an innovative regional history center located in the Old
County Courthouse. Featuring interactive experiences, the
History Museum's long-term exhibits are the place where you can
explore the county's rich and colorful history.
The museum archives contains a 1400
volume collection of books and over 30,000 photographs,
newspaper clippings, and documents in print and on microfilm.
Located at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City, CA.
Sanchez Adobe Museum
Built sometime between 1842 and 1846 by
Francisco Sanchez, a local cattle baron. Today you may
walk the grounds, see the original farm and native plants,
explore the adobe home which is the second oldest building
in San Mateo County. Archeological digs have been
performed in the area and many uncovered historical
artifacts are on display. Located at 1000 Linda Mar
Blvd in Pacifica, CA.
The Woodside Store
Dr. R.O. Tripp and
Mathias Parkhurst built the Woodside Store in 1854. Early
customers included loggers chopping down the redwoods. Dr. Tripp
sold them everything from work boots and ax handles to flour and
ham. When farmers settled in the area, the Woodside Store served
as their county store, post office, and community center until
1909. Dr. Tripp made frequent trips to San Francisco to get
supplies. Anything you wanted, he could get. Browse the shelves
of the Woodside Store, restored to its 1880s appearance, and see
the goods available in the mid to late 1800s - from canned fruit
and frying pans to nails and sewing machines. Operated by the
San Mateo County Historical Association, The Woodside Store is
located at 3300 Tripp Road in Woodside CA.
Valley Historical Society
A wonderful small museum about the history of the Santa
Barbara area, and an extensive carriage collection.
3396 Sagunto Street
Post Office Box 181
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Santa Clara County
Altos History Museum
Learn about the exodus from a privileged life in
Boston to Josephine and Frank Duveneck's discovery of Hidden
Villa in Los Altos Hills, California. The museum is
located in an apricot orchard in the Santa Clara Valley and
housed inside the historic house of J. Gilbert Smith.
Built in 1905, the house has been refurbished to replicate a
farmhouse of the 1930s. Focus is on the preservation of
the history of the Los Altos area. Located at 51 So. San
Antonio Road in Los Altos, CA.
Moffet Field Historical Museum
Portuguese Historical Museum
This replica of a
1915 imperio built in San Jose, the museum is dedicated to
preserving the history of Portuguese immigrants. Located
at 1650 Senter Road in San Jose, CA.
San Jose Histor
Buildings at History Park]
Step into "days
gone by" when you visit this historic park. The park is
focused on the history of the Santa Clara Valley. 14 acres
offer the visitor a chance to see what it was like when the
streets were paved and townspeople travelled on trolleys as you
soak up the culture, art and history of San Jose as it was long
ago. Located on the south end of Kelley Park at the corner
of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue.
Wings of History Museum
Museum of Art and History
Siskiyou County Museum
Focused on the history of Siskiyou County, the
museum collects, preserves and interprets the history of the
area for generations to come. Visitors will find a 2 1/2
acre Outdoor Museum of authentic and reconstructed buildings set
in a replicated environment. Located at 910 South Main
Street in Yreka, CA.
Benicia Capitol State Historic Park
capitol of California 1853-1854, this original building has been
restored and furnished with period furnishings. Located
near Vallejo at 115 West G Street in Benicia, CA.
Tehama County Museum
Housed inside the old Tehama County Court House,
the museum is devoted to the history and culture of Tehama
County and it's residents. Located at the corner of C &
3rd Streets in Tehama, CA.
Three Rivers Historical Museum
Three Rivers Historical Society explores and preserves the history of the Three Rivers
area on the Kaweah River which was at one time inhabited by the Yokut Indian Tribe.
In front of the museum, visitors will see the famed
Paul Buynan Statue which was carved from a single Sequoyah
tree. As you drive east towards Sequoyah National Forest
on Sierra Drive / Highway 198, the museum is located at 42268 Sierra Drive in Three
1897 State Historic Park [Explore & Learn]
Ventura County Museum of History and Art
Hattie Weber Museum
Heidrick AG History Center
Woodland Stroll Through History
County Historical Museum
Operated by the
Yolo County Historical Society, the museum is housed inside
the 1850s Classical Revival style Gibson House. The
museum features period furnished rooms along with historical
artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Yolo
County. Open to the public on a regular basis, it is
located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland, CA.
Learn about the history of Eastern Butte and
northern Yuba Counties. Walk through Gold Trader Flat, a
replica of an 1870s gold mining town. During special times
of the year the Yuba Feather Museum features living history
days. Located at 19096 New York Flat Road in Forbestown,
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