Museums in SAN FRANCISCO with kids

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

When it comes to museums in San Francisco, 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 San Francisco…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Childrens Creativity Museum

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    (1 miles) San Francisco

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

  • The Randall Museum

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    (1 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 ...

  • The Cartoon Museum

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    (1 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 Cable Car Museum

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    (1 miles) San Francisco

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

  • San Francisco Railway Museum

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    (2 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 ...

  • Maritime National Historical Park

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    (2 miles) San Francisco

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

  • Ripley's Believe It or not Museum

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    (2 miles) San Francisco

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

  • Madame Tussauds San Francisco

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    (2 miles) San Francisco

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

  • Musee Mecanique

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    (2 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!

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum

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    (5 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!

  • Oakland Museum of California

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    (9 miles) Oakland

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

  • Habitot Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (10 miles) Berkeley

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

  • Oakland Aviation Museum

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    (12 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!

  • Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

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    (14 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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    (27 miles) Dublin

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

  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

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    (27 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!

  • The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

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    (41 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!

  • Western Railway Museum

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    (42 miles) 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!

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

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    (42 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!

  • Children's Discovery Museum

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    (42 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!

  • Sonoma County Museum

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    (49 miles) Santa Rosa

    See art come alive. Explore in the tours the history and art.

  • Pacific Coast Air Museum

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    (55 miles) 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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    (56 miles) 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 ...

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

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    (59 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.

  • Childrens Museum of Stockton

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    (62 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 ...

  • Explorit Science Center

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    (66 miles) Davis

    Explorit is an interactive, hands-on, family science musuem in Davis, CA. We offer changing exhibitions, field trips, traveling programs, summer science camp and special events such as Family ...

  • World of Wonders Science Museum

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    (67 miles) Lodi

    A huge collection fascinating hands on experiments kids can do! Enjoy fun learning experiences that cover almost anything scientific you can imagine!

  • California Military Museum

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    (75 miles) Sacramento

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

  • California State Railroad Museum

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    (75 miles) 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 Science and Space Center

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    (82 miles) 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 ...

  • Sacramento Childrens Museum

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    (83 miles) Rancho Cordoca

    Sacramento Children’s Museum includes several interactive areas for exploring, playing, and learning. The Museum is designed for ages birth to eight-years-old to allow children to "learn-by-doing"!

  • Aerospace Museum of California

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    (84 miles) 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 ...

  • Monterey County Youth Museum

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    (86 miles) 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!

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  • City Clues Family Adventure

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    (1 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.

  • Segway San Francisco Electric Tour

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    (2 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 ...