Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum, located in San Francisco’s Nob Hill, has one of the most comprehensive art collections pertaining to Asian culture in the world. The pieces are beautifully curated to exposed visitors to Asia’s unique art world. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, especially since there’s a pretty tasty café right on-site too.
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 581 3500
Pasadena Museum of California Art
If you’re looking to experience all sorts of interpretations of what California means and is, check out the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The exhibits showcase art and design that originated from the Golden State. They also change pretty frequently, so there’s always something different and new to see. This is a great museum to keep returning to in order to discover the dynamic California influences.
Chabot Space and Science Center
Here, visitors can get a peek at space, stars, and the universe the surrounds us. The Chabot Space and Science Center features hands-on exhibits, a beautiful planetarium, an entire theater, three large telescopes that allow you to take a gander into the stars, and more interactive activities. The center allows anyone, young or old, to learn about the magic of astrophysics in the most amazing ways.
USS Iowa Museum
This exquisite place of American history is a maritime museum located at the Port of Los Angeles. USS Iowa Museum is a great place for anyone interested in American history. Make sure to check out the most exciting artifact, the USS Iowa, which was the lead ship of the Iowa class of battleships. Donated in 2012 to the Pacific Battleship Center, the USS Iowa fought back in WWII, and has been maintained by the museum.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Not just a museum, not just a library – the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is also the final resting place of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, as well as his wife, Nancy Reagan. The museum follows Reagan’s life; before and during his presidency, visitors even get to check out Air Force One and Marine One. Not only is the museum dripping with American and political history, the Simi Valley location also offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The de Young is a place of fine art collections from all over the world. The everchanging exhibits make the de Young exciting to return to time and again to learn about fine art from cultures all over the planet. Climb up the observation towers to check out the sweeping views of the Golden Gate Park around the museum.
de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 750 3600
The Museum of Northern California Art
Similar to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Museum of Northern California Art concentrates on specific artists and collections from the northern region of the state. The specific concentration of the art brings out a richness in the collections and exhibitions. You certainly don’t have to be from northern California to appreciate it.
Roseville Telephone Museum
Follow the changes of technology as we know it at the Roseville Telephone Museum. Boasting a vast collection showcasing the history of the telephone industry, this museum is like a time capsule of old communication. Antique phones dating back to the 1800s, an actual working switchboard, and local history are all wrapped in one incredibly interesting space.
Maidu Museum and Historic Site
Take a trip back in time about 3,000 years and meet the indigenous Maidu people, who were an ancient civilization. Exhibitions include walking trails with a knowledgable tour guide, learning some of the Maidu’s words and language, and even seeing where some of the Maidu people lived. Get to know how an entirely different culture lived at this exciting and amazingly informative museum.