Museums in Chino Hills

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Planes of Fame Air Museum was simply dubbed “The Air Museum” when it was founded in 1957—as the only museum of its kind west of the Mississippi, it had no need for a more specific moniker. More than 50 years later, it now boasts a stock of more than 150 airplanes and displays, including many aircraft that are the only flying examples of their type in the world including the N9MB Flying Wing and the P 26 Pea Shooter. Patrons can also explore an array of exhibits and aircraft that trace aviation’s history from the Chanute Hang Glider in 1896 to sophisticated modern-day planes.

7000 Merrill Ave
Chino,
CA
US

Established: 2004

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Pro Tip: Visit our rotating exhibits and ceramic studio, get private tours, visit our museum store, and take a class

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Rotating exhibits and ceramic studio

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with the PR And Marketing Staff

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

[We have the] largest collection of German Mettlach Ware (1850?1915), including plates and steins on permanent display [with] over 3,000 pieces in our collection. Also, our building was previously a bank so there are hidden vaults displaying smaller ceramic exhibits. We have all-ages classes in our ceramic studio and kiln-firing services available. AMOCA also has a growing library of books and periodicals dedicated entirely to ceramics.

399 N Garey Ave
Pomona,
CA
US

It?s not every day that you can witness 30 million dollars all in one room. But at Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue, visitors move through an extensive array of rare roadsters, muscle cars, and Formula cars valued at eight figures. After a successful, self-made career in business, founder Dick Marconi decided to give back, donating his personal collection of automobiles to create the museum. Each specimen reflects a piece of racing lore; you'll find historic racecars piloted by Keke Rosberg, Mario Andretti, and Michael Schumacher.

The museum serves a multi-purpose?to share Marconi?s glittering display of high-performance vehicles with the public, and to support local charities. Proceeds from admissions and special events at the museum go toward the Marconi Foundation for Kids, which supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among other children's groups. The museum?s yearly Fight Night fundraising event draws stars such as Oscar de la Hoya and the dashboard hula dancer.

1302 Industrial Dr
Tustin,
CA
US

Easily recognizable by the 10-story black cube that looks more like a crashed alien spaceship than a source of clean energy, the museum has been using science-based exhibits to educate and inspire its young visitors for more than 15 years, with a rotating cast of hands-on, interactive exhibits, including MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.

  • Size: two floors of interactive exhibits spread across 59,000 square feet
  • Eye-Catcher: 10-story black cube that towers over the freeway
  • Hands-On Experiments: feel the force of hurricane winds or a rocket launch, play hockey against a virtual goalie in the Science of Hockey, explore inside a two-story tall dinosaur and go on a prehistoric adventure in Dino Quest, become a green superhero at the Eco Challenge, and push your face into a giant pin wall
  • Permanent Mainstay: trigger a simulated rocket launch inside the giant cube while standing beneath a real rocket engine
  • Visiting Exhibits: Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, where live demos and hands-on experiments put popular myths to the test, and WEEBLES Coast to Coast, which lets kids explore American state-by-state in a hands-on manner
  • Don't Miss: Eco Challenge?where kids join the Eco Crew in interactive games and challenges to learn how to shop smart and recycle
  • Special Events: Overnight Explorers, where kids wander the museum and watch science movies before camping out in sleeping bags
2500 N Main St.
Santa Ana,
CA
US

The colorful B-17 Flying Fortress known as Fuddy Duddy once shepherded General Dwight D. Eisenhower across the Pacific near the end of World War II. Today, the massive plane is on display at the Lyon Air Museum on the west side of Orange County's John Wayne Airport. The museum has a curated selection of authentic aircraft and rare vehicles, most of which trace their lineage back to World War II. A 1939 Mercedes-Benz G4 Offener Touring Wagon was actually owned and used by Adolph Hitler until its seizure by the French army at Bertschesgaden. Museum tours are led by volunteer docents throughout the day and last about an hour; along with the planes and cars, you'll encounter Jeeps, motorcycles, and a 1941 Dodge pickup truck.

19300 Ike Jones Rd
Santa Ana,
CA
US

Nestled in the historic Rancho Santa Anita?a homestead originally inhabited by the Gabrieleno Tongva tribe?Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden houses wildlife and plants from all over the globe on 127 acres. Its creators opened the Arboretum in 1947 to promote environmental awareness in a sanctuary that reflects the distinct history, flora, and culture of southern California. The grounds reflect the founders' aim?hummingbirds flutter among the colorful blooms in the Grace Kallam Perennial Garden, and wildflowers, herbs, and veggies spring to life at the hands of community volunteers in the educational Garden for All Seasons. Tropical and temperate blossoms embellish the Meyberg waterfall's sun-drenched stone face and blue-gum trees stand guard in front of the Queen Anne cottage, one of several historic sites that was constructed in 1885 to encapsulate Victorian opulence. Peacocks and great egrets strut among living plant collections, which explode into flowery canopies whenever the right garden sprites are available to aid in pollination.

Members often gain exclusive access to the Arboretum's slate of events, which includes workshops, tours, Yoga in the Garden, and live music performances in the summer months. The Arboretum Summer Nights series kicks off with David Correa and Cascada on July 11, followed by Sour Mash Hug Band on July 25, Ooks of Hazzard on August 1, and closes out with Steve Rushingwind on August 8. Summer camps reawaken brains that usually hibernate until September, and Bookworms Story Time captures attention year-round. Members can also take advantage of free tram rides during SpringTopia on May 3?4.

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia,
CA
US