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Science and Technology

This section features museums and other attractions related to science, technology and industrial history, including railroads, aviation and other forms of transportation. Natural history museums are listed in the "Creatures" section but may also be listed here.

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum is a non-profit museum in San Francisco. . .

San Jose, CA, USA

The museum has collections related to San Jose's mercury mines, which began operation in 1845 when the area was known as New Almaden. . .

Danville, CA, USA

The Blackhawk Museum is best known for its significant collection of classic, rare and unique automobiles. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. . .

Oakland, CA, USA

A hands-on center featuring interactive exhibits, a digital planetarium, a large screen theater, hands-on activities and three powerful telescopes. . .

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Mountain View, CA, USA

The Computer History Museum was established in 1996 in Mountain View, California. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco that allows visitors to explore the world through science, art, and human perception. . .

San Carlos, CA, USA

The Hiller Aviation Museum is an aircraft history museum located at the San Carlos Airport in San Carlos, California. . .

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Oakland, CA, USA

Kinetic Steam Works is an all-volunteer organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that restores steam engines and creates steam-powered art installations. . .

Berkeley, CA, USA

The Lawrence Hall of Science is a public science center. . .

Walnut Creek, CA, USA

Lindsay Wildlife Experience, formerly known as Lindsay Wildlife Museum, is a family museum and wildlife rehabilitation center in Walnut Creek, California. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a counterpoint to what it views as today's "faster/cheaper" mindset. . .

Willits, CA, USA

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

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Mountain View, CA, USA

The museum has exhibits related to the history of Moffett Field and the military and NASA commands that operated there. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The Musée Mécanique is a for-profit interactive museum located at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. . .

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Palo Alto, CA, USA

The Museum of American Heritage is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of electrical and mechanical technology and inventions. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The Museum of Vision has exhibits and research collections related to the history of ophthalmology and vision. . .

Sunol, CA, USA

The Niles Canyon Railway is a heritage railway running through Niles Canyon. . .

Oakland, CA, USA

Oakland Aviation Museum has more than 30 vintage and modern airplanes, and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museums are part of an American franchise founded by Robert Ripley. . .

Willits, CA, USA

Roots of Motive Power is an organization that seeks to preserve railroad history in Mendocino County, Calif. . .

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San Jose, CA, USA

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is a museum devoted to Ancient Egypt. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The Cable Car Museum is a free museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is near Fisherman's Wharf. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

The San Francisco Railway Museum is a small railway museum near the city's Ferry Building. . .

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, also known affectionately by locals as "the Whale Museum", is one of the earliest museums in the state of California. . .

Novato, CA, USA

The Space Station Museum displays artifacts from US, Russian and Soviet space exploration. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a Liberty ship built during World War II and now docked in San Francisco. . .

San Jose, CA, USA

The Tech Museum of Innovation, or simply The Tech, is a museum in downtown San Jose. . .

Travis AFB, CA, USA

The Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center is an aviation museum located at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. . .

Alameda, CA, USA

USS Hornet is a United States Navy aircraft carrier of the Essex class. . .

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San Francisco, CA, USA

USS Pampanito was a US Navy Balao-class submarine now operated as a museum in San Francisco. . .

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Suisun City, CA, USA

The Western Railway Museum, in Solano County, California, is built along the former mainline of the Sacramento Northern Railway. . .

San Martin, CA, USA

Wings of History is an aviation museum in San Martin, California. . .

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