While LA may be better known for its culture and niche interests, don’t discount the more interesting museums of the OC. Here’s a list of the top five unique museums that stretch beyond your general science and art.
Located in the suburban utopia of Irvine, The Pretend City Children’s Museum offers a unique approach to educating children about real-world tasks. The inside of the museum consists of nearly 20 exhibits meant to replicate a city on a miniature scale. These include typical city components such as a post office, grocery store and emergency services to the more remarkable such as an amphitheater, marina, and farm. Offering exhibits where children are encouraged to learn through imagination and interactive activities provide education that is crucial to their development while providing an environment that is fun and safe, since everything is tailored to their size. One thing’s for sure: children will love it for the fun while parents admire the education.
Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA, USA, +1 949 428 3900
While there are small museums located on the premise, the main attraction is the vast array of flora and fauna that is a cultural treasure in and of itself. Located on the California State University Fullerton’s campus, three main plant habitats of Woodlands, Mediterranean, and Desert combine to create a vast garden of lush wildlife sure to provide relief to those tired of the concrete and browned plants indicative of city living. With such an array of habitats, the arboretum is a natural attraction for wildlife, particularly birds, making this a nature lover’s paradise. And if you’re still looking for a museum building to visit, there is a small one located on-site with rotating exhibits related to nature as well as a heritage house that displays information related to medical practices and life in Orange County during the late 1800s, as it belonged to Dr. George Crook Clark back in 1894.
Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA, USA, +1 657 278 3407