San Francisco Bay Area
Steamiest Places

This section includes local places likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks. You can think of it as a "Best of" section that features selected locations from the other sections. The term "steamiest" should be taken figuratively. You won't necessarily find steam-powered contraptions in all these places. Instead, these locations are rich in the elements that define steampunk: Victorian- or Edwardian-era technology, culture, history, personalities, oddities and so on.

Some descriptions in these listings are adapted from articles in Wikipedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. See the full descriptions for details.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Steampunk-themed bar.

Sausalito, CA, USA

Bubble Street Gallery describes itself as "an emporium celebrating the realms of imagination. . ."

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

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. . .

Mountain View, CA, USA

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

San Francisco, CA, USA

A Victorian-style tea salon in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

This San Francisco boutique specializes in corsets, including made-to-order corsets. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

Large store featuring vintage clothing and accessories from the 1890s through 1980s. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

Distractions describes itself as "Haight Street's Original Eclectic Emporium. . ."

San Francisco, CA, USA

Five & Diamond describes itself as "a woman-owned and operated boutique, fashion house and socially conscious small business. . ."

Oakland, CA, USA

This artist collective in Oakland, Calif., has created notable large-scale steampunk works. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

Flaming Lotus Girls is a volunteer-based group of artists who make large-scale kinetic fire art. . .

Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

This self-described "small craft distillery" in Half Moon Bay has a still that could be a steampunk sculpture. . .

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. . .

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. . .

Dixon, CA, USA

A reviewer on TripAdvisor described this as a place where "the local steampunk groups can get together without fear of being snickered at for wearing Victorian Dress. . ."

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. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

Antique shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. . .

Redwood City, CA, USA

The tea room describes itself as "a cozy, quirky place filled with mismatched china and furniture. . ."

San Francisco, CA, USA

The San Francisco tea room describes itself as "a cozy, quirky place filled with mismatched china and furniture. . ."

Mountain View, CA, USA

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

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

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. . .

Vallejo, CA, USA

A self-described "group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate art out of repurposed industrial detritus. . ."

St. Helena, CA, USA

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

San Jose, CA, USA

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

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Alameda, CA, USA

This craft distillery is one of the top tourist attractions in Alameda. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

This group describes itself as "a place for Bay-Area Steampunks and people interested in Steampunk to gather, have public conversations, share ideas, and to make and share events. . ."

San Francisco, CA, USA

This restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District gets its name from an indoor 14-hole miniature golf course. . .

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Suisun City, CA, USA

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

San Francisco, CA, USA

This gin bar in San Francisco's Tenderloin is themed as an 1890 London Underground station. . .

San Jose, CA, USA

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

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