Museums in MONTEREY with kids

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

When it comes to museums in Monterey, California, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in this The Golden State city 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 Monterey…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Monterey County Youth Museum

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    Monterey

    My Museum is a fun role play in Monterey for inquisitive and curious kids, with role play structures, and realistic environments perfect for the imagination!

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

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    (27 miles) Santa Cruz

    Offers a diverse ranging of changing exhibitions generally suitable for the whole family but with principles perhaps best appreciated by over 4s.

  • Children's Discovery Museum

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    (50 miles) San Jose

    Learn through fun and exploration at this creative and exciting Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. It's a great way to understand the world!

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

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    (51 miles) San Jose

    Find the innovator in you at this Tech museum in San Jose, where challenges, hands-on exhibits and themed galleries offer a fascinating learning experience for kids - that's fun!

  • The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

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    (51 miles) San Jose

    Explore and experience the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on show in western North America! A fascinating and historic family day out in San Jose!

  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

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    (60 miles) Palo Alto

    A great little museum and zoo, with over 200 lives animals, and fascinating hands-on exhibits so kids up to 9 years can learn, create and explore - all in Palo Alto!

  • Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

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    (72 miles) 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.

  • Dublin Heritage Park and Museums

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    (76 miles) Dublin

    Step back in time into Dublin's fascinating history, with original 1800's structures and a 10-acre park.

  • Oakland Aviation Museum

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    (80 miles) Oakland

    West Coast aviation history comes to life at this fascinating museum in Oakland with actual aircraft on display, as well as simulators and and interactive play area!

  • Oakland Museum of California

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    (85 miles) Oakland

    A fascinating Californian cultural experience where families can explore various art exhibitions, as well as delve into Californian history and natural sciences.

  • The Randall Museum

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    (86 miles) 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 ...

  • Childrens Creativity Museum

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    (86 miles) San Francisco

    San Francisco's arts and technology museum for kids of all ages with hands on fun learning exhibits.

  • The Cartoon Museum

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    (87 miles) 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 ...

  • San Francisco Railway Museum

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    (87 miles) San Francisco

    The San Francisco Railway Museum celebrates the history of rail transit in San Francisco and explores its significant impact on the quality of urban life in this great city throughout its storied ...

  • San Francisco Cable Car Museum

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    (87 miles) San Francisco

    Overlooking the cable car workings themselves, the museum features three 1870s cars plus a wealth of memorabilia.

  • Madame Tussauds San Francisco

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    Spend the day with all your favorite stars in the new San Francisco wax museum!

  • Ripley's Believe It or not Museum

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

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

  • Musee Mecanique

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    A stunning collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines, all in working order! Great fun in San Francisco!

  • Maritime National Historical Park

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    Historic boats by the pier, tours, events and activities, plus visitor centre with maritime heritage showcase and Junior Ranger Program activities.

  • Castle Air Museum

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    (90 miles) 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.

  • Habitot Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (90 miles) Berkeley

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

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum

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    (91 miles) 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!

  • Childrens Museum of Stockton

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    (99 miles) Stockton

    The Stockton Children's Museum is located in downtown Stockton, across from the Deep Water Channel and the Waterfront Warehouse. It is one of the most exciting places to visit in this part of the of ...

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  • Monterey Bay Whale Watch

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    Monterey Bay Whale Watch offers year-round whale watching trips to observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the Bay. Monterey

  • Princess Monterey Whale Watching

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    Monterey Whale Watching has been in the cruise business for over 30 years. We are the coastal leader in narrated bay and ocean tours, specializing in whales, sea, and shore wildlife. We offer safe, ...

  • Segway Tours Monterey

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    Strictly for the over 12s but super fun for big kids, learn to control your Segway and then follow the guide of your chosen tour and enjoy!

  • Monterey Movie Tours

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    (3 miles) Monterey

    Whether you would like an introduction to the area, an alternative to attractions youâve already seen or an exciting rainy day option, Monterey Movie Tours® is your ticket to a star-studded ...

  • Molera Horseback Tours

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    (22 miles) Big Sur

    Scenic coastal horseback tours in historical Andrew Molera State Park. A coastal paradise with flower-studded meadows, enduring Redwood groves, translucent streams and secluded beaches. One of the ...

  • City Clues Family Adventure

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    (87 miles) San Francisco

    It's family treasure hunt time in San Francisco! Scour the city to find clues and complete your adventure, using tours designed especially for families.

  • Blue and Gold Fleet Boat Tours

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    Blue & Gold Fleet, the Bay Area's premier provider of Bay Cruise, Ferry Service and Motorcoach Tours, is located at PIER 39 in San Francisco. The famous one-hour Bay Cruise sails along the City's ...

  • Segway San Francisco Electric Tour

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    Glide With the Original San Francisco Segway Tour Company- Since 2004 More fun than walking, more eco-friendly than driving -- the Segway is the best way to see San Francisco's Waterfront or ...

  • San Francisco Fire Engine Tours

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    An exciting day out for kids, and those kids at heart where you get to travel through the beautiful sights of San Francisco in a 1955 Mack Fire Engine! How cool is that!?

  • Bay Quackers Duck Tours

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    (88 miles) San Francisco

    San Francisco Duck Tours - Experience San Francisco's newest attraction and a better way to see San Francisco, on board one of DUKW's, (we call 'em Ducks!) an original, refurbished World War II ...

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Monterey

    A fascinating and wonderfully designed aquarium that really lets families enjoy our wonderful ocean creatures.

  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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    (50 miles) San Jose

    A San Jose amusement park and zoo rolled into one! With a range of amazing animals, experiences and programs, overnight stays and some fun rides too!