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Central Valley Museums

Central Valley Museums Overview

Central Valley

Central Valley Museums include the Crocker Art Museum, State Railroad Museum, State Capitol, Sutter's Fort, Folsom Prison Museum, Explorit Science Center, The Serpentarium, Castle Air Museum, Fossil Discovery Center, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Bakersfield Museum of Art, natural history museum and children's museum. From Sacramento to Bakersfield and Fresno to Coalinga, discover an interesting museum in the Central Valley.

Sacramento Museums

Crocker Art Museum is located of Interstate 5 from the Q Street exit. It features several floors of artwork comprised of African and oceanic art, Asian art, Californian and American art, European art, international ceramics, prints and drawings and photography.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000

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The California Museum is located off Interstate 5 from the Q Street exit. Situated one block from the State Capitol, it focuses on the unique events and inspirational people that have contributed to California's legacy. Learn more about Ronald Reagan, Rita Moreno, Jackie Robinson, the Gold Rush, birth of Hollywood, 1906 San Francisco earthquake and more. Exhibits include a California Wall of Fame, Constitution Wall and the works of California artists.

The California Museum
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-7524

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Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento State Park is located at 3rd and J Streets directly off Interstate 5 in Downtown Sacramento. This park is several square blocks of preserved and rebuilt gold mining era buildings. These buildings now house touristy shops, restaurants and museums.

Old Sacramento State Park
3rd and J Streets
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 445-7387

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  • Sacramento History Museum is located off Interstate 5 from J Street. Situated within Old Sacramento State Historic Park, it's a perfect starting point before exploring the park. Learn about Sacramento's significance from the Gold Rush, railroad and agriculture to present day as the state's capitol. Exhibits include interpretive displays, photographs and artifacts. They also organize Old Sacramento tours including ghost tours, walking tours and the underground tour.

    Sacramento History Museum
    101 I Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7059

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  • California State Military Museum is located off Interstate 5 from J Street. Situated within Old Sacramento State Historic Park, this is the official military museum and research center of the State of California. It contains over 33,000 artifacts from the Mexican American War to the present day War on Terror. Displays include mortar cannons, flags, medals, rifles, uniforms, letters home and a Global War on Terrorism Wall of Honor.

    California State Military Museum
    1119 2nd Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 442-2883
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  • State Railroad Museum

    State Railroad Museum is located off Interstate 5 at the north end of Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Historic trains and railroad industry artifacts are on display. Train rides follow the beautiful Sacramento River on the Sacramento Southern Excursion Train.

    California State Railroad Museum
    111 I Street
    Sacramento, California 95814
    (916) 445-6645
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  • Wells Fargo History Museum is located off Interstate 5 from the J Street exit. It stands at two locations in Sacramento, one near the Capitol and the other in Old Sacramento State Historic Park in the historic Hastings building. Exhibits and artifacts include an authentic 1866 stagecoach, working telegraph, real gold from Gold Country, interactive Pony Express experience and more.

    Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sac)
    1000 Second Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 440-4263
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  • Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

    Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of Old Sacramento State Historic Park. It is a living replica of an 1800's American schoolhouse. It features a pot-bellied stove, vintage student desks and other period furnishings of the period. Volunteers dressed as schoolmarms and school masters are there to lead mock lessons and answer questions.

    Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
    1200 Front Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 483-8818
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    California Automobile Museum is located off Interstate 5 from the Q Street exit. Situated just south of Old Sacramento State Historic Park, it features hundreds of automobiles and artifacts on display from an 1885 High-Wheeler bicycle to a modern day hydrogen-powered BMW. Vehicles include classics, muscle cars, exotics, Shelbys, Indy Cars, NASCARs, hot rods, European sports cars and more. Banquet facilities available including a 1950's-style ice cream parlor.

    California Automobile Museum
    2200 Front Street
    Sacramento, CA 95818
    (916) 442-6802
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California State Indian Museum is located off Interstate 80 off the J or N Street exits. It's situated next to Sutter's Fort and includes artifacts from many of the dozens of tribes that once existed in California. Artifacts include traditional baskets, a redwood dugout canoe, ceremonial head dress, jewelry, dolls, hunting & fishing tools and much more. Some weapons and tools are more than twenty-four hundred years old. A hands-on exhibit allows visitors to use Indian tools as they would have been used hundreds of years ago.

California State Indian Museum
2618 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 324-0971

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Stanford Mansion

Leland Stanford Mansion is located off Interstate 5 off the Q Street exit. Situated in Downtown Sacramento only one block from the State Capitol, the Stanford Mansion is an historic 1800's Victorian home that today serves as a museum and California's official reception center, where the Governor and Legislature meet with dignitaries from other states and countries. The mansion features crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors and rich wood accents. Guided tours are mandatory and include an orientation film about the mansion's history. Stanford was the founder of Stanford University.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
800 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0575

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Governor's Mansion

Governor's Mansion is located in downtown Sacramento at H and 16th Streets. This Victorian mansion was constructed in 1877 and has been the home to California Governors since 1903. Earl Warren and Ronald Reagan were among the last to stay at the mansion. Visitors are welcome to tour the mansion on docent-led tours. Period furnishings and lavishly ornate architecture embellish the home.

TIP: If you tour the mansion near Christmas you'll be greeted with fresh-baked cookies, holiday lighting and Christmas carolers in the Parlor Room.

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park
1526 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-3047

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The Discovery Museum is located off Interstate 80 from West Avenue. Situated in Del Paso Park, this science museum features a Challenger Learning Center, Planetarium, hands-on Archeology Dig, Nature Discovery Room and Robotics Lab. Learn about NASA Space Shuttle missions, space & our solar system, invertebrates, insects, robots, dinosaurs, fossils and more.

The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
3615 Auburn Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 575-3942

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Aerospace Museum of California is located off Interstate 80 from West Avenue. Situated at McClellan Airfield, it features dozens of aircraft including a Sikorsky 'Jolly Green Giant' helicopter, Blue Angel's A-4, F-14 Tomcat, A-10 Warthog, Russian MIGs, Coast Guard Albatross and more. Exhibits include a Norden Bomb Sight, art collection, engines, flight simulators and a hands-on Fun with Physics interactive exhibit.

Aerospace Museum of California
3200 Freedom Park Drive
North Highlands, CA 95652
(916) 643-3192

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Wells Fargo History Museum is located off Interstate 5 from J Street exit. It stands at two locations in Sacramento, one near the Capitol and the other in Old Sacramento State Historic Park in the historic Hastings building. Exhibits and artifacts include an authentic 1866 stagecoach, working telegraph, real gold from Gold Country, interactive Pony Express experience and more.

Wells Fargo History Museum (Downtown)
400 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 440-4161

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California State Capitol

The State Capitol is located off Interstate 5 in downtown Sacramento. Daily tours of the Capitol are offered on the hour of every day except major holidays. The Capitol grounds include 40 acres of park which contains gardens and memorials to important Californian figures and veterans of war.

California State Capitol Museum
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 324-0333

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Sutter's Fort State Park is located in the heart of Sacramento between K & L and 26th & 28th streets. The fort was established in 1839 by Swiss immigrant, John Sutter who called it New Helvetia (New Switzerland). This was Sacramento's first non-Indian settlement and was the main destination for settlers crossing the Sierra Nevada. In 1847, the first few men from the Donner Party reached the fort and aid was sent to save the remaining settlers. The fort was overrun by gold miners in 1849 and today has been rebuilt to its former state.

Sutter's Fort State Park
2701 L Street
Sacramento, California 95816
(916) 445-4422

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Old City Cemetery is located south of downtown Sacramento off Interstate 5. This is the cemetery that many of Gold Country's notables and early pioneers are buried. Visit the graves of John Sutter, Jr., Edwin Crocker, Mark Hopkins, cholera victims, Old Fellows members, Masonic members and Soldiers of the Spanish American War. In addition to grave sites the cemetery also include a rose garden and memorials to firefighters, the Battleship Maine and more. The Old City Cemetery is very picturesque with elaborate ironwork, manicured gardens and impressive headstones & mausoleums.

Old City Cemetery
1000 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 448-0811

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Folsom Museums

Folsom History Museum is located north of Highway 50 from Folsom Boulevard. Situated in the heart of downtown Folsom, it focuses on Folsom's rich history including its native people, gold discovery, mining camps, railroad, prison and more. Several historic structures comprise Pioneer Village. Exhibits include vehicles, machines, equipment, railroad turntable and replicas of a miner's shack, blacksmith shop, carriage shed, and more. They also offer a chance at gold panning.

Folsom History Museum
823 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-2707

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Folsom Prison Museum is located north of Highway 50 from Folsom Boulevard. Situated at the foot of Folsom Dam, Folsom prison opened in 1880 to relieve overcrowding at nearby San Quentin. It contains artifacts of prisoner ingenuity for escape, communication and weapon making. Folsom Prison has had its share of notoriety including prison escapes, famous prisoners and a visit by Johnny Cash where he performed 'Folsom Prison Blues' to the prisoners. All of California's vehicle license plates are manufactured at Folsom Prison.

Folsom Prison Museum
312 3rd Street
Represa, CA 95671
(916) 985-2561

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Woodland Museums

Heidrick Ag History Center is located off Interstate 5 from County Highway 102. It showcases antique tractors and farm equipment from threshers and steam engines to combines and harvesters. The Hays Antique Truck Museum is located adjacent to the Ag History Center.

Heidrick Ag History Center
1962 Hays Lane
Woodland, CA 95776
(530) 666-9700

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Gibson House Historical Museum is located off Highway 113 from Gibson Road. Situated at the historical house and land of a mid-nineteenth century farming ranch, it features several buildings including the main house, root cellar, barn, blacksmith shop, cottage and dairy. The grounds are immaculately maintained giving reason why it has been voted 'Best Place for Weddings in Yolo County' for many consecutive years. The Gibson House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Yolo County Gibson House Historical Museum
512 Gibson Road
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 666-1045

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Reiff's Gas Station Museum is located off Highway 113 from Main Street. Situated in a residential neighborhood, it features an historic gas station & garage, antique tow truck, store, 50's diner and theater. Artifacts include 1950's automotive memorabilia from oil cans to gas pumps. Reiff's also organizes an annual car show.

TIP: Have a classic car? Call ahead and arrange a photo shoot for you and your car in front of the 50's gas station.

Reiff's Gas Station Museum
52 Jefferson Street
Woodland, California 95695
(530) 666-1758

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Davis Museums

Explorit Science Center is located off Interstate 80 from Mace Boulevard. This is a hands-on science museum that engages children and adults in scientific discovery.

Explorit Science Center
3141 5th Street
Davis, California 95618
(530) 756-0191

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Pence Art Gallery is located off Interstate 80 from Richards Boulevard. Situated in the heart of downtown Davis, Pence is a fine-art gallery featuring a high caliber art exhibits.

Pence Art Gallery
212 D Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 758-3370

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Bohart Museum of Entomology is located off Interstate 80 from the U.C. Davis exit. Situated on the campus of U.C. Davis, this 'bug museum' houses the seventh largest insect collection in North America. It is a storehouse of more than seven million specimens of arthropods. See tarantulas, stick bugs, rhinoceros beetles, giant cockroaches and more.

Bohart Museum of Entomology
Academic Surge Bldg. U.C.Davis
La Rue Road & Crocker Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0493

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John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is located off Interstate 80 from Richards Boulevard. Situated in the heart of downtown Davis, it features the works of many artists in mediums like paint, ceramics, woodworking, photography, drawing and more.

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
521 1st Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 756-3938

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U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is located off Interstate 80 from Richards Boulevard. Situated in the heart of downtown Davis, it recognizes American cyclists and their contributions and significant achievements to the sport of cycling. The collection includes bicycles, photographs, awards, posters, racing apparel and more from the past three centuries. All cycling types are included from road and cyclocross to BMX and mountain biking. Davis is renowned as a cycle friendly town.

U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
303 3rd Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 341-3263

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Vacaville Museums

Vacaville Museum is located off Interstate 80 from the Merchant Street Alamo Drive exit. It focuses on the history of Solano County. Exhibits include paintings, photography, leather works, textiles, ceramics and more.

Vacaville Museum
213 Buck Avenue
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 447-4513

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Stockton Museums

Haggin Museum is located off Interstate 5 from Pershing Avenue. Part art and part history museum, Haggin displays dozens of paintings by world renowned American and European artists. The history galleries focus on the accomplishments of San Joaquin Valley's most notable residents. Situated in Victory Park, it is in an impressive two-story brick building surrounded by a plethora of shade trees, well-manicured lawns and ponds with fountains.

Haggin Museum
1201 N Pershing Avenue
Stockton, CA 95203
(209) 940-6300

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Children's Museum of Stockton is located near the intersection of Highway 4 and Interstate 5. Situated near the downtown waterfront, this is an interactive learning facility with fun and challenging exhibits.

Children's Museum of Stockton
402 West Weber Avenue
Stockton, CA 95203
(209) 465-4386

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San Joaquin Historical Museum is located of Highway 99 from Armstrong Road. Situated in Micke Grove Regional Park, it focuses on local history from Yokut and Miwok Indians to the modern-day agricultural industry. It's comprised of several historic structures that house exhibits on farm equipment, agriculture, wineries, railroad and more.

San Joaquin Historical Museum
11793 N. Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 331-2055

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Rio Vista Museum is located off Highway 12 midway between Fairfield and Lodi. It's situated inside an old blacksmith's shop. Historical artifacts from the region include articles, pictures, newspapers, dolls, clothing and farm equipment.

Rio Vista Museum
16 North Front Street
Rio Vista, CA 94571
(707) 374-5169

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World of Wonders Science Museum is located west of Highway 99 from the Highway 12 exit. It offers hands-on science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages. Science exhibits include a Light Table, Plasma Ball, Shake Table, Parabolic Dishes, Golf Ball Maze, Flight Simulator, Wind Tube, Bike Gyroscope and much, much more.

World of Wonders Science Museum
2 North Sacramento Street
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 368-0969

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The Serpentarium is located west of Highway 99 from Harney Lane. This living reptile museum houses one of the largest displays of reptiles in the country. Exhibits include false water cobras, Burmese pythons, rainbow boas, anacondas, monitor lizards, turtles & tortoises, geckos, frogs and so much more. Add an 'Experience' to your visit and feed a panther chameleon, hold a live scorpion or pet a giant tortoise.

The Serpentarium
2379 Maggio Circle
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 369-7737

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Manteca Museum is located off Highway 99 from Yosemite Avenue. It focuses on the Manteca region with artifacts from Native American Indians, early settlers, pioneers and notable Manteca residents. Exhibits include photographs, war mementos, farming equipment, a 1927 fire engine and more.

Manteca Museum
600 West Yosemite Avenue
Manteca, CA 95337
(209) 825-3021

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Modesto Museums

McHenry Museum & Mansion is located off Highway 99 from the Central Modesto exits. It includes a complete dentist office, general store, blacksmith shop and the historic 1883 McHenry Mansion. Exhibits include gold mining artifacts, fire fighting equipment and cattle brands.

McHenry Museum & Mansion
1402 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 577-5366

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Great Valley Museum is located off Highway 99 from Kansas Avenue. Situated on the Modesto Junior College Campus, it features exhibits on native habitats of the Central Valley, Tuolumne River watershed, exotic animals from around the world and a planetarium.

Great Valley Museum
1100 Stoddard Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 575-6196

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Merced Museums

Castle Air Museum is located off Highway 99 from Buhach Road. Situated near Castle Airport, it features over fifty restored aircraft and other aviation artifacts. A few of these planes include a B-52, B-25 and B-29.

Castle Air Museum
5050 Santa Fe Drive
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 723-2178

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Merced Museum is located off Highway 99 from the Highway 140 exit. Situated in an historic 1875 courthouse, it showcases the history of Merced County and the Central Valley with permanent and rotating exhibits.

Merced Museum
21st & N Streets
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 723-2401

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Fossil Discovery Center is located off Highway 99 from the Avenue 21 1/2 exit. Situated across the street from the largest deposit of fossils on the west coast, it showcases fossils found under a landfill in Madera County including the saber-tooth cat, mammoth, sloth, short faced bear, dire wolf and more. Over 15,000 fossils have been recovered from the site to date.

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County
19450 Avenue 21 1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(559) 665-7107

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Fresno Museums

Fresno Art Museum is located off Highway 41 from McKinley Avenue. It features permanent and rotating exhibits of art. Mediums including paint, ceramics, textiles, drawing, photography, sculpture, metal works and more from modern art to impressionism and pre-Columbian.

Fresno Art Museum
2233 North 1st Street
Fresno, CA 93703
(559) 441-4221

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Meux Home Museum is located off Highway 41 from Tulare Street. The Meux Home is an historic Victorian home built by a prominent doctor in 1889. The home is furnished and decorated to the period.

Meux Home Museum
1007 R Street
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 233-8007

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The Discovery Center is located off Highway 41 from McKinley Avenue. The Discovery Center is a hands-on museum of science geared towards children.

The Discovery Center
1944 North Winery Avenue
Fresno, CA 93703
(559) 251-5533

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Kearney Mansion Museum is located west of Highway 99 off Whitesbridge Avenue (Hwy 180). Situated in Kearney Park, the mansion was originally built as a lodge in 1903. It served as the Superintendent's Lodge for a farm community consisting of thousands of acres. Five original structures remain including the lodge, servants quarters, carriage house, ice house and oil house. The estate and ranch remain one of the most important agricultural historic sites of the Central Valley.

Kearney Mansion Museum
7160 West Kearney Boulevard
Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 441-0862

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Arte Americas Casa de la Cultura is located east of Highway 99 from Stanislaus Street. Arte Americas features cultural arts, concerts, gallery displays and an education center for Latino Americans. They have featured the works of poets, filmmakers, photographers and artists for over 25 years.

Arte Americas Casa de la Cultura
1630 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 266-2623

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Fresno Metropolitan Museum is located east of Highway 99 from Stanislaus Street. It houses a permanent collection of more than 3,000 works of art and artifacts from several cultures spanning more than 400 years.

Fresno Metropolitan Museum
1555 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 441-1444

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Sierra-Mono Indian Museum is located north of Fresno off Highway 41. It features Native American baskets, cultural artifacts, historical photographs, bead work and weaponry. A wildlife diorama consists of over 100 taxidermy animals of North America and Asia.

Sierra-Mono Indian Museum
33103 Mono Drive
North Fork, CA 93643
(559) 877-2115

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Fresno Flats Historic Village is located north of Fresno off Highway 41. It consists of several restored historic buildings including homes, one-room schoolhouses, barns, 19th century jails, a blacksmith shop and wagon shed.

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park
Road 427
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-6570

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Clovis Museum is located off the Sierra Freeway (Hwy 168) from Bullard Avenue. Situated in the heart of Clovis, it houses a collection of artifacts from the Clovis township history and surrounding areas. It celebrates local people from early immigrants and Native Americans to veterans of world wars.

Clovis Museum
Big Dry Creek Historical Society
401 Pollasky Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 297-8033

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Sanger Depot Museum is located south of Kings Canyon Road (Hwy 180) from Academy Avenue. Situated in the heart of Sanger, it's actually the 1887 Sanger Railroad Depot. Today, it includes several replica turn-of-the-century structures including a Victorian home, bank, Post Office, general store, bakery and newspaper office. It contains collections and memorabilia from the early pioneers, Yokut Indians and once flourishing logging industry.

Sanger Depot Museum
1710 7th Street
Sanger, CA 93657
(559) 875-4720

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Reedley Museum is located east of Highway 99 off Manning Avenue. Situated in the old fire station, it showcases historical artifacts from the region including a replica general store.

Reedley Museum
1752 10th Street
Reedley, CA 93654
(559) 638-1913

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Visalia Museums

ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum is located off Highway 198 from Dan Maddox Way. It features hands-on learn exhibits like Plug It In, Medical Center, Observatory Station, KaleidoDraw, Gravity Well, Imagination Theatre and more. ImagineU also hosts group events and birthday parties.

ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum
700 East Main Street
Visalia, CA 93292
(559) 733-5975

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Tulare County Museum is located off Highway 99 from Avenue 264. Situated in Mooney Grove Park, it showcases historical artifacts from the region.

Tulare County Museum
27000 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 733-6616

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Exeter Historical Museum is located east of Visalia off Highway 99. It's situated under the water tower in downtown Exeter and features artifacts, photographs and documents that record the history of the region.

Exeter Historical Museum
125 South B Street
Exeter, CA 93221
(559) 592-9695

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Porterville Historical Museum is located north of Poplar Avenue (Hwy 190) from Main Street. Situated in the 1913 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, it preserves the history of Southern Tulare County. Exhibits include Yokut Indian artifacts, items used by early pioneers and settlers, fine china, dolls, quilts, a war memorial, music room and more.

Porterville Historical Museum
257 North D Street
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 784-2053

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The Zalud House is located north of Poplar Avenue (Hwy 190) from Main Street. It was built in 1891 and still furnished with all of the original owner's furnishings. The mansard roof is just one of the unique features that put the Zalud House on both the National Historical Registry of Old Houses and the National Register of Historic Places. Paranormal tours are offered in addition to home and garden tours.

Zalud House
393 North Hockett Street
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 782-7548

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Colonel Allensworth State Park is located west of Earlimart and Highway 99, off Higby Drive (Highway 43) south of Sierra Avenue. This historic town was founded, funded and governed by African Americans in 1908.

Colonel Allensworth State Park
Star Route 1, Box 148
Earlimart, California 93219
(661) 849-3433

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Bakersfield Museums

Kern County Museum is located off Golden State Avenue (Hwy 204) from Chester Avenue. It's comprised of several museums and historic structures including Pioneer Village, Black Gold Oil Museum, Lori Brock Children's Discovery Museum and The Bakersfield Sound country music museum. Explore over 50 historic buildings in Pioneer Village that include a log cabin, schoolhouse, undertaker, general store, train depot complete with a steam engine & caboose and much more. Learn about Kern County's contribution to the oil industry at the Black Gold Oil Experience featuring hands-on exhibits. Children eight and under will enjoy Kid City, Art Safari and Slime Time at the Lori Brock Children's Museum. The Bakersfield Sound showcases artifacts from local country music artists.

Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 852-5000

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Bakersfield Museum of Art is located off Highway 99 from Rosedale Highway. Situated in the heart of Downtown Bakersfield, it displays fine art in many mediums including paintings, photography, sculpture, woodworks, glass and more.

Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 323-7219

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Metro Galleries are located off Highway 99 from Rosedale Highway. Situated in the heart of Downtown Bakersfield, the gallery features the paintings, sculpture, pottery, and mixed media works of California and west coast artists.

Metro Galleries
1604 19th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 634-9598

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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History is located off Highway 99 from Rosedale Highway. Situated in the heart of Downtown Bakersfield, it promotes paleontology, geology, anthropology, archeology and biology of the area. Exhibits include the marine fossils of sharks, whales, sea lions, rays, turtles and more from when Bakersfield was the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Join an actual archaeological dig at Shark Tooth Hill.

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
2018 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 324-6350

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Minter Field Air Museum is located off Highway 99 from Lerdo Highway. Situated at the Shafter-Minter Airfield, it features many warbirds including the P-51 Mustang, AT-6, P-38 and B-25. Exhibits include military photographs, uniforms, equipment, medals & patches, models and more.

Minter Field Air Museum
401 Vultee Avenue
Shafter, California 93263
(661) 393-0291

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Fort Tejon State Park is located 70 miles north of Los Angeles, near the top of the Grapevine off Interstate 5 in Lebec. This historic fort was garrisoned by the U.S. Army on August 10, 1854 to control a local Indian reservation. Workers dress in era clothing and perform reenactments of life in the 1800's. Other activities include picnicking and limited camping.

Fort Tejon State Park
Lebec, California 93243
(661) 248-6692

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Museums along I-5

Tracy Historical Museum is located off Interstate 205 from 11th Street. Situated in the historic 1937 Post Office, it features a collection of historic photographs and artifacts from the region.

Tracy Historical Museum
1141 Adam Street
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 832-7278

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Gustine Museum is located off Interstate 5 from Sullivan Road. Situated in the former Merced County Court and Jail building, it features a collection of historic photographs and artifacts of the courthouse, jail and surrounding region.

Gustine Museum
397 4th Street
Gustine, CA 95322
(209) 854-2344

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Milliken Museum is located off Interstate 5 from the Los Banos exit Highway 152. It features historic photographs and artifacts from the surrounding region. Exhibits include an old cash register, phonograph, typewriters, firefighting equipment, Native American artifacts and more.

Milliken Museum
905 Pacheco Blvd
Los Banos, CA 93635
(209) 826-5505

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R.C. Baker Memorial Museum is located west of Interstate 5 off Jayne Avenue. Situated in a former 1918 livery stable, it's dedicated to preserving the story of Pleasant Valley. Exhibits include fossils, Indian artifacts and personal belongings of early pioneers. Local industries represented include oil, sheep and cattle. Unique fossils include a petrified snail and mastodon bones.

R.C. Baker Memorial Museum
297 Elm Avenue
Coalinga, CA 93210
(559) 935-1914

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West Kern Oil Museum is located off West Side Highway (Hwy 33). It's dedicated to preserving the story of oil in West Kern County. The museum exhibits include oil derricks, working pumps & drilling equipment, a saber-tooth cat and lots of pictures and other paraphernalia related to the oil industry.

West Kern Oil Museum
1168 Wood Street
Taft, CA 93268
(661) 765-6664

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