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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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Academy of Art University Automobile Museum

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

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. . .


Bigfoot Discovery Project and Museum

Felton, CA, USA

A small museum focusing on Bigfoot. . .

Blackhawk Museum

Danville, CA, USA

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


California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland, CA, USA

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


Computer History Museum

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. . .

Hiller Aviation Museum

San Carlos, CA, USA

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


Kinetic Steam Works

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. . .

The Lawrence Hall of Science

Berkeley, CA, USA

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

Lindsay Wildlife Experience

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. . .


The Long Now Foundation

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. . .

Mendocino County Museum

Willits, CA, USA

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


Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

Mountain View, CA, USA

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


Musee Mecanique

San Francisco, CA, USA

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


Museum of American Heritage

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. . .

Museum of Vision

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Niles Canyon Railway

Sunol, CA, USA

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

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland, CA, USA

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

Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Roots of Motive Power

Willits, CA, USA

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


Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

San Jose, CA, USA

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


San Francisco Cable Car Museum

San Francisco, CA, USA

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


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

San Francisco Railway Museum

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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. . .

The Space Station Museum

Novato, CA, USA

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


SS Jeremiah O'Brien

San Francisco, CA, USA

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

Tech Museum of Innovation

San Jose, CA, USA

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

Travis Heritage Center

Travis AFB, CA, USA

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

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

Alameda, CA, USA

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


USS Pampanito

San Francisco, CA, USA

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


Western Railway Museum

Suisun City, CA, USA

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

Wings of History Museum

San Martin, CA, USA

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

Zoos & Aquariums

Aquarium of the Bay

San Francisco, CA, USA

Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Pier 39 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. . .


San Mateo, CA, USA

CuriOdyssey, formerly Coyote Point Museum, is an experiential science and wildlife center for children and families. . .

East Bay Vivarium

Berkeley, CA, USA

The East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley sells snakes, lizards and various other reptiles, and the supplies to maintain and care for them. . .

Happy Hollow Zoo

San Jose, CA, USA

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a small zoo and amusement park in San Jose. . .

Oakland Zoo

Oakland, CA, USA

Oakland Zoo is a 100-acre zoo located in southeastern Oakland. . .

Safari West Wildlife Preserve

Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Safari West is a renowned 400-acre private wildlife preserve located in Sonoma County, California. . .

San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco, CA, USA

The San Francisco Zoo is a 100-acre zoo located in the southwestern corner of San Francisco. . .

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