Historical Attractions in MISSION VIEJO with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Mission Viejo, California!)

Mission Viejo is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Golden State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Mission Viejo’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Mission Viejo when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Rancho Los Alamitos

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    (28 miles) Long Beach

    A fascinating attraction listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a sacred Tongva village, traces of an 1800s ranch, and 1920s gardens.

  • Heritage Square

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    (46 miles) Los Angeles

    A living history museum reflecting the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, Heritage Square Museum offers visitors a look into the everyday ...

  • Handprints of The Stars

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    (52 miles) Hollywood

    An iconic and historical must see on any visit to Los Angeles - TCL Chinese Theatre (previously Graumans)

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  • Pretend City Childrens Museum

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    (5 miles) Irvine

    A children's museum in Irvine that's ALL about the imagination, with interactive exhibits and activities that inspire kids to create, learn, and make believe!

  • ExplorOcean

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    (13 miles) Newport Beach

    Kids can learn about the ocean with exciting hands-on activities at this Newport Beach experience, so roll up those sleeves and dive-in!

  • Marconi Automotive Museum

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    (15 miles) Newport Beach

    First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. Discover the ...

  • Bowers Kidseum

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    (16 miles) Santa Ana

    An interactive and hands-on children's museum where families can learn about art and culture. Great art activities too! Museum fun in Santa Ana

  • Orange Empire Railway Museum

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    (27 miles) 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 ...

  • Heritage House

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    (27 miles) Riverside

    An 1891 mansion that depicts Victorian life in Riverside.

  • The Childrens Museum At La Habra

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    (28 miles) 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.

  • March Field Air Museum

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    (30 miles) Riverside

    A fascinating museum home to over 70 historic aircraft, a dedicated in-house theatre, and thousands of artefacts from 1918 to present day. There are plenty of daily take offs and landings from the ...

  • Long Beach Museum of Art

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    (30 miles) Long Beach

    It's an art filled day to encourage creativity and inspire the whole family in Long Beach!

  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum

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    (32 miles) Riverside

    Over 100,000 artefacts covering natural history, history, and anthropology relating to the amazing city of Riverside…with FREE entry!

  • Riverside Art Museum

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    (32 miles) Riverside

    Learn and be inspired by the art world at this Riverside Art Museum filled with exhibits from artists from all over the world.

  • Mission Inn Museum

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    (32 miles) Riverside

    An interesting local museum which tells the story of the Mission Inn Hotel, and the impacts it had on the Riverside community

  • American Museum of Ceramic Art

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    (32 miles) Pomona

    Explore a working ceramics studio, learn about clay and enjoy exhibits about ceramics.

  • Lomita Railroad Museum

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    (39 miles) 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 ...

  • San Bernardino County Museum

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    (41 miles) San Bernardino

    Exhibits, collections and public programs are all very popular, but let's be honest with kids you're heading straight for the Exploration Station: touchable natural history specimens, books, art ...

  • Catalina Island Life Museum

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    (41 miles) 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 ...

  • California Science Centre

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    (45 miles) Los Angeles

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

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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    (46 miles) 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!

  • The Grammy Museum

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    (46 miles) Los Angeles

    Do you have the music in you? You and your family can explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, as well as the history of the Grammys.

  • Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (46 miles) Pasadena

    Explore amazing artworks that showcase California art, and cultural influences that are unique to California!

  • Pacific Asia Museum

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    (46 miles) Pasadena

    A fascinating permanent collection of more than 15,000 works of art for those art loving families to spend the day immersed in. The artworks depict compelling stories of the lives of people across ...

  • Norton Simon Museum

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    (47 miles) Pasadena

    Visit one of the most notable private art collections in the world - and it's right in Pasadena. From the Renaissance, to the 20th century, and back 2,000 years....

  • Pasadena Museum of History

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    (47 miles) Pasadena

    Visit the ONLY museum dedicated to the history, culture and art of Pasadena, as well as the west San Gabriel Valley!

  • Escondido Childrens Museum

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    (47 miles) Escondido

    Pack a lot of fun into 4,500 square feet in Downtown Escondido! We're all about lifelong learning, and not just for the kids! Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in California

  • San Diego Childrens Discovery Musum

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    (47 miles) Escondido

    Kids can explore, experiment, imagine, learn and play in this fun children's discovery museum in San Diego! Family fun filled with hands-on exhibits for all ages.

  • Kidspace Childrens Museum

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    (48 miles) Pasadena

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

  • Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits

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    (51 miles) 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!

  • Los Angeles County Museum Of Art

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    (51 miles) Los Angeles

    Take your family to enjoy the largest art museum in the western United States!

  • Griffith Observatory

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    (51 miles) Los Angeles

    - an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. A good family place to visit if you're ...

  • Petersen Automotive Museum

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    (51 miles) 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!

  • Zimmer Childrens Museum

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    (51 miles) 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 ...

  • Guinness World Records Museum

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    (52 miles) Hollywood

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