Museums in California with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in California, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in The Golden State offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in California…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Orange Empire Railway Museum

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    Perris

    The Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) is a railroad museum founded in 1956 in Perris, California as the "Orange Empire Trolley Museum." The museum also operates a heritage railroad on the museum ...

  • The Getty Centre

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    Los Angeles

    The Getty Center museum is incredibly family-friendly and a great way of introducing younger children to art in a fun and informative way.

  • Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits

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    Los Angeles

    Explore the wonders of the tar pits and the fossils that were found in them - dating all the way back to the Ice Age! Historical adventures in Los Angeles!

  • California Science Centre

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    Los Angeles

    Amazing exhibits and interactive worlds for the whole family to explore, covering all things science and the wonders of the world!

  • Petersen Automotive Museum

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    Los Angeles

    A fun and fascinating museum for all those car loving kids! Over 150 automobiles are displayed of all shapes, models and makes...a great family fun day out in car loving Los Angeles!

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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    Los Angeles

    Explore 4.5 billion years of history at this fascinating natural history museum in Los Angeles, with exhibits on the planet, culture, and nature - and great for kids!

  • Travel Town Museum

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    Los Angeles

    The Travel Town Transportation Museum is an outdoor museum which preserves and celebrates the railroad heritage of the western United States--its history and its artifacts. Particular thematic ...

  • Castle Air Museum

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    Altwater

    Represents history in a way the whole family can share with our awe-inspiring majestic warbirds. We have a total of 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII to the present.

  • Catalina Island Life Museum

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    Avalon

    The Catalina Island Museum celebrates the Island\\\'s rich cultural heritage. Current exhibits include an award-winning exhibit featuring the romantic era of Catalina\\\'s steamships, Native ...

  • Habitot Childrens Discovery Museum

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    Berkeley

    Series of engaging physical, role-play, imagination and learning settings ideal for families of kids 1 to 5 years.

  • Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

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    Burlingame

    See the World's Largest Pez Dispensing Machine, an example of every Pez dispenser made, unique exhibits of other classic toys and more at this museum of memorabillia! Plus Toy and Banned Toy Museums.

  • The Childrens Museum At La Habra

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    La Habra

    The Children's Museum at La Habra shows how important play is to learning. Through play, children develop skills, express creativity, discover the larger world and learn to work with others.

  • Lomita Railroad Museum

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    Lomita

    Dedicated to the proud era of the steam engine, complete authenticity is the hallmark of the Museum. On display is a Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive (1902-1960) and Tender. Nearby stand a ...

  • The Museum Of Tolerance

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    Los Angeles

    Each year the Museum serves over 300,000visitors, including students, educators, law enforcement officials, corporate professionals, and community members from the USA and around the world.

  • Zimmer Childrens Museum

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    Los Angeles

    The Zimmer Childrens Museum is dedicated to teaching people about the BIG IDEAS of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. Our mission is to promote values that ...

  • Kidspace Childrens Museum

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    Pasadena

    A great kids museum with plenty of hands on exhibits where kids can learn through play, in Pasadena, California!

  • Guinness World Records Museum

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    Hollywood

    Amazing world records to inspire, confuse and amaze right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - it can only be Guinness!

  • Ripley's Believe It or not Museum

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    San Francisco

    The weird and the wonderful comes together over 10,000 sq ft filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable!

  • The Cartoon Museum

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    San Francisco

    .The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately ...

  • The Randall Museum

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    San Francisco

    The Randall Museum offers a unique haven where children and adults can explore the creative aspects of art and science and make discoveries about nature and the environment by direct participation in ...

  • San Diego Air And Space Museum

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    San Diego

    Celebrate... Educate... Inspire! Celebrate aviation and space flight history through preservation of significant artifacts, presentation of dynamic exhibits, and commemoration of the men and women ...

  • USS Midway Museum

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    San Diego

    Come aboard and visit 40 different stops around Midway and learn how this immense ship operates.

  • The Reuben H Fleet Science Center

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    San Diego

    Over 100 interactive exhibits all about science in eight fun galleries, as well as always changing experiences! Science can be fun in San Diego!

  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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    Santa Barbara

    Discover a treasure of experiences and help us to share and inform those who have not been able to explore the sea themselves to experience the wonders of the California coast. We hope that you too ...

  • Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

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    Sacramento

    The Museum is home to the Challenger Space Program and Sacramento's only public planetarium. Inside, you will find a nature room with live animals, reptiles and insects on display. Exhibits include ...

  • California State Railroad Museum

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    Sacramento

    A complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North Americas most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone!

  • Discovery Museum

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    Eureka

    The Discovery Museum is a non-profit children's museum that offers interactive exhibits and thematic programs. Discovery Museum exhibits and programs promote hands-on, open-ended discovery in the ...

  • Clark Historical Museum

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    Eureka

    Located in the heart of Old Town Eureka, at the corner of Third and E Streets, the Clarke Historical Museum is one of the gems of the North Coast. The exhibits in the 1912 bank building show the ...

  • Turtle Bay Museum

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    Redding

    Turtle Bay Museum is the heart of the Turtle Bay experience. It contains permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries.

  • Pacific Coast Air Museum

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    Santa Rosa

    Founded in 1989, the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historical aircraft and provides ...

  • Sharpsteen Museum Association

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    Calistoga

    The Sharpsteen Museum's permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post World War I with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the ...

  • Aerospace Museum of California

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    McClellan

    In 2007 over 100,000 visitors came to the Aerospace Museum of California to view its unique collection of military and civilian aircraft, engine exhibit, use the educational programs, and enjoy the ...

  • California Military Museum

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    Sacramento

    The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California.

  • Western Railway Museum

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    Suisun City

    Enjoy a historic trip though the Montezuma Hills in this living history museum, where kids can learn about the heritage of the railroad AND ride the train!

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum

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    Sausalito

    Kids can have fun with hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions for 6 months to 10 years, plus live performances, and special events - all in San Francisco!