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History

This section includes local history museums, historic houses and other sites of historical significance. Museums focusing on the history of science, technology or industry are listed in the "Science & Technology" section. Museums focusing on natural history are listed in the "Creatures" and/or "Science & Technology" section. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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Alameda, CA, USA

The Alameda Museum has exhibits related to the history and culture of Alameda, California. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The American Bookbinders Museum describes itself as "the only museum of its kind in North America. . ."

Benicia, CA, USA

This museum has exhibits related to "the story of Benicia’s place in the history of California. . ."

Berkeley, CA, USA

This musem has exhibits related to the history of Berkeley, Calif. . .

Antioch, CA, USA

The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is a 6,000-acre park located north of Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County, California. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The California Historical Society, in the South of Market neighborhod of San Francisco, California is the state's official historical society since 1979. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The Chinese Historical Society of America is the oldest and largest archive and history center documenting the Chinese American experience in the United States. . .

Colma, CA, USA

The Colma Historical Association operates a local history museum. . .

Dublin, CA, USA

This 10-acre park contains preserved buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

Fort Point is a masonry seacoast fortification located at the southern side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The GLBT Historical Society maintains an extensive archival collection of materials relating to the history of LGBT people in the United States. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The Haas-Lilienthal House is San Francisco's only intact Victorian era home that is open regularly as a museum, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. . .

Hayward, CA, USA

Hayward Area Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the history of the city and adjacent communities. . .

Healdsburg, CA, USA

The museum has exhibits and a research collection related to the history of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. . .

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San Jose, CA, USA

History Park in San Jose, California, is designed as an indoor/outdoor museum, arranged to appear as a small US town might have in the early 1900s. . .

Martinez, CA, USA

The John Muir National Historic Site preserves the 14-room Italianate Victorian mansion where the naturalist and writer John Muir lived. . .

Mendocino, CA, USA

The Kelley House Museum has exhibits and collections related to the history of the Mendocino Coast. . .

Los Altos, CA, USA

The Los Altos History Museum showcases the history of Los Altos and surrounding areas. . .

Martinez, CA, USA

The Martinez Museum has exhibits and reference materials related to the city of Martinez and Contra Costa County. . .

Hayward, CA, USA

McConaghy House is a historic house museum operated by the Hayward Area Historical Society. . .

Hayward, CA, USA

The Meek Mansion is a historic mansion in unincorporated Cherryland, California, just north of Hayward. . .

Willits, CA, USA

This Northern California museum has extensive collections related to railroad history and lots of Old West artifacts. . .

Petaluma, CA, USA

This antiques retailer specializes in military items and doubles as a museum. . .

Fremont, CA, USA

The Museum of Local History has exhibits and other resources related to the history of southern Alameda County. . .

Pleasanton, CA, USA

Local history museum.

Yountville, CA, USA

This museum focuses on the environment, culture, and history of the Napa Valley. . .

Fremont, CA, USA

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is located in what is now the historic district of Niles in the city of Fremont. . .

Novato, CA, USA

Local history museum.

San Jose, CA, USA

The Peralta Adobe is the oldest building in San Jose. . .

Petaluma, CA, USA

This museum has exhibits and research materials related to Petaluma's history. . .

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El Cerrito, CA, USA

Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is a non-profit, family-oriented museum celebrating America's bygone amusements. . .

Rio Vista, CA, USA

This museum has exhibits related to the history of Rio Vista in eastern Solano County. . .

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St. Helena, CA, USA

This museum claims to have "the largest collection of Stevensoniana on public display in the world. . ."

San Anselmo, CA, USA

Local history museum.

Tres Pinos, CA, USA

The village includes 19th century buildings plus historic vehicles and farm equipment. . .

Hollister, CA, USA

The society operates a research library, museum and park focusing on the history of San Benito County. . .

Boulder Creek, CA, USA

Local history museum.

Redwood City, CA, USA

Local history museum.

Saratoga, CA, USA

Local history museum.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Established in 1850, the Society of California Pioneers is dedicated to "the study and enjoyment of California art, history, and culture. . ."

Sausalito, CA, USA

The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center is a living museum where one can experience the days when craftsmen and sailors used traditional skills to build, sail or row classic wooden boats. . .

Saint Helena, CA, USA

The society maintains a collection of documents, photographs, artifacts and other resources related to the history of St Helena in Napa Valley. . .

Vacaville, CA, USA

Local history museum.

Vallejo, CA, USA

This history museum focuses on the city of Vallejo and the US Naval Shipyard that operated on Mare Island. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The Wells Fargo History Museum is a group of museums operated by Wells Fargo in several states that feature exhibits about the company's history. . .

Sebastopol, CA, USA

This museum focuses on the history of western Sonoma County. . .

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San Jose, CA, USA

The Winchester Mystery House was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. . .

Woodside, CA, USA

The Woodside Store was constructed in 1854 by two early pioneers named Robert Orville Tripp and Mathias Parkhurst. . .

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