Museums in California

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Pacific Coast Air Museum
Center dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historical aircraft.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
The seventh of 21 Spanish missions established in California by the Franciscans.

Hall of Health
Community health-education museum and science center dedicated to promoting wellness and individual responsibility for health.

Firehouse Museum
Displays a large collection of fire-fighting equipment and memorabilia from across the country and around the world.

Griffith Observatory
The Observatory is a non-profit educational institution whose purpose is to provide information on astronomy and related sciences to the public.

Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego)
Features a permanent collection and a full schedule of contemporary exhibitions, educational programming and special events.

Children's Discovery Museum (San Jose)
Interactive exhibits and programs that span the arts, science, technology and the humanities.

California Antique Aircraft Museum
Preserves antique airplanes and artifacts that represent California's aviation history.

Long Beach Museum of Art
Permanent collection is made up of paintings, drawings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative arts.

Emigrant Trail Museum
Located at Donner Memorial State Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the museum depicts the history and people of the area.

Intel Museum
Experience the power of computer chips and the evolution of their development.

J. Paul Getty Museum
Center seeks to delight, inspire and educate the public by acquiring, conserving, studying, exhibiting and interpreting works of art within its fields of collecting.

Museum of Flying
Houses a collection of World War II fighter aircraft.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Includes the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Huntington, The
Library, art collections and botanical gardens.

Crocker Art Museum
Serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art with an emphasis on the original Crocker family donation.

Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Collection of pre-historic and historic American Indian artifacts.

Mingei International Museum
Center dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of all cultures of the world.

Museum of Art and History (MAH)
Includes four galleries and three historical sites: The Octagon Building, the Evergreen Cemetery and the Davenport Jail.

California Views Historical Photo Collection
Historical photo collection of central California.

American Society of Military History Military Museum
The goal of the society is to preserve and restore examples of American military equipment.

Museum of the City of San Francisco
Traces San Francisco history from its origins as a Spanish garrison, to renown as a Gold-Rush boomtown, to world attention as the famous “Earthquake City.”

Features science, art and human perception exhibits. Housed in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Collection of Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian antiquities.

Southwest Museum
Museum, library and archive collections related to the American Indian. Located in Los Angeles.

San Bernardino County Museum
Regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history.

Riverside Municipal Museum
A center for learning about the natural and cultural history of greater Riverside through its collections, exhibitions, education programs and publications.

San Diego Natural History Museum
Dedicated to interpreting the natural world through research, education and exhibits and promoting understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and Baja California.

Judah L. Magnes Museum
Permanent collection includes paintings, drawing, prints, sculpture, film, video, photography and Judaica.

Great Valley Museum of Natural History
Located at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California.

Motts Miniatures Museum
Consists of dozens of miniature exhibits from the Mott family collection.

Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive
Located at the University of California, Berkley.

California Museum of Photography
The museum promotes understanding of photography and related media through collection, research, exhibition and instruction.

Lawrence Hall of Science
A family science, teacher resource and curriculum development center.

Museum of Photographic Arts
Dedicated to the photographic arts.

Captain Kazooz Kazoo Museum
Online museum of kazoos.

Kenneth G. Fiske Museum of Musical Instruments
Houses a diverse collections of musical instruments containing American, European and ethnic instruments dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

Museum of Television & Radio
New York based nonprofit museum founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make them available to the public.

History San Jose
Manages History Park (formerly the San José Historical Museum), the Peralta Adobe & Fallon House and over 500,000 historical artifacts from Santa Clara Valley.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage
The Autry is devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich history and traditions of the American West.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Features modern and contemporary art.

San Diego Museum of Art
Features a collection of Italian Renaissance, Spanish Baroque, European, American, Asian and contemporary art.

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Center preserves and presents the art of world cultures.

Museum of Jurassic Technology
An educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic period.

California African-American Museum
Designed to enhance the public's knowledge of the African American's past and present contribution to society.

Museum of Paleontology
Center investigates and promotes the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education.

Norton Simon Museum
Art museum located in Pasadena, California.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Its holdings include more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.

California Academy of Sciences
Includes the Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium and Morrison Planetarium.

Golden State Museum
Multimedia exhibits incorporating documents and artifacts drawn from the collections of the California State Archives tell the stories of California's people, place, promise and politics.

Ecology Hall of Fame
Dedicated to the heroes of the American environmental movement.

Museum of Tolerance
Focuses on two themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust.

Coyote Point Museum
Located in San Mateo, California.

Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)
Collects, exhibits and interprets art created since 1940 in all media.

USC Fisher Gallery
Museum of the University of Southern California.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Center in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

Angels Attic
A museum of antique dollhouses, miniatures, dolls and toys.

Computer Museum of America
Preserves and chronicles the major milestones in the development of the computer industry. Located on the campus of Coleman College in La Mesa, California.

Niles Depot
A former Southern Pacific Railroad depot operated as a railroad and local history museum.

Cooper Regional History Museum
Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history and culture of the communities of Ontario, Montclair, Mt. Baldy and Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
Museum seeks to inspire lifelong learning by furthering the public's understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.

Capitola Historical Museum
Collection of photographs and artifacts related to Capitola's history.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Wildlife rehabilitation and educational center that focuses on native California wildlife and natural history.

Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary's College
Accredited art museum in Contra Costa County in California.

San Diego Historical Society Museum
Educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving and sharing historical collections and extensive archives.

San Diego Railroad Museum
Demonstration and Display of Railroad History in the Pacific Southwest

Redding Museum of Art & History
This California museum has changing contemporary art exhibits, items depicting Shasta County history and displays of ethnic art including Native American works.

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