Museums in Live Oak

Military Aviation Museum Visit for Two or Four at Moffett Field Historical Society (Up to 50% Off)

Moffett Field Historical Society

Mountain View

Peruse 13 exhibits that chronicle history of flight with artifacts such as a full P-3 cockpit and equipment from NASA aviation flight tests

$16 $10

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Computer History Museum Visit for Two with Optional T-Shirts, or a Visit for Four or Six (Up to 52% Off)

Computer History Museum

Mountain View

History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

$30 $15

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Hiller Aviation Museum (Up to 54% Off)

Hiller Aviation Museum

The Hiller Aviation Museum

53,000 sq. ft. museum traces history of flight with narrated tours, life-size planes, and simulated flight over San Francisco Bay

$28 $14

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Visit for Two or Four to the USS Hornet Museum (Up to 58% Off)

USS Hornet Museum

Alameda

Aircraft carrier that served in World War II and Apollo recovery holds four levels of ship quarters, exhibits, and panoramic views of bay

$40 $17

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Admission to the Pacific Pinball Museum for One Adult or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 53% Off)

Pacific Pinball Museum

Alameda

About 90 contemporary and vintage free-play pinball machines flex flippers as visitors peruse exhibits on the art and science of the game

$15 $7

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Two or Four Adult Tickets or One-Year Family Membership to Oakland Aviation Museum (50% Off)

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

$20 $10

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Open-Studio Admission, Art Party, or Facility Rental at The Museum of Children's Arts (Up to 36% Off)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

$14 $9

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Madame Tussauds Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 44% Off)

Madame Tussauds

Fisherman's Wharf

Interact with lifelike wax figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama at a brand new waterfront wax attraction

$52 $29

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Museum Visit for Two or Four with Poster at The Beat Museum (Up to 69% Off)

The Beat Museum

North Beach

Artifacts and stories from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat Generation figures populate museum

$31 $10

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship (Up to 60% Off)

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

Historically accurate and still operational, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public year round

$24 $12

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$30 for Armory Tour for Two at SF Armory (Up to $50 Value)

SF Armory

Mission

Employees lead 90-minute tours for guests aged 18 & older through five floors of historic armory & elaborate adult-film sets

$50 $30

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One-Year Individual or Family Membership to Museum of the African Diaspora (Up to 60% Off)

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

Museum with permanent and rotating interactive exhibits on the history of the African diaspora and the artistic reactions it has inspired

$65 $26

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Admission for Two or Four to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium (Up to 40% Off)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Fisherman's Wharf

10,000-square-foot emporium of oddness collects real-life wonders to provide strange delight for all ages

$41.98 $25

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Individual or Family Membership to The Mexican Museum (Up to 55% Off)

The Mexican Museum

Fort Mason Center

A visit to the museum shows off centuries of art from artists with unique perspectives

$60 $31

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Admission for 2, 4, 6, or Up to 15 at The GLBT History Museum (Up to 52% Off)

The GLBT History Museum

Castro

Encompassing 100 years of the city's GLBT history, the museum includes sections on drag culture, radical activists, and the AIDS epidemic

$10 $5

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Individual or Family Membership at the Cartoon Art Museum (40% Off)

Cartoon Art Museum

Yerba Buena

A year of admission and other perks at a museum that celebrates all cartoons, from anime and video games to TV shows and Sunday funnies

$45 $27

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Individual or Family Annual Pass to Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Point Richmond (Up to 51% Off)

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Richmond

Passes grant free admission to shows in 10,000 sq. ft. museum of operational model trains & recreated Northern California terrain.

$45 $22

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

Kids create art and explore interactive exhibits while learning about scientific concepts and local landmarks

$24 $12

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With permanent exhibitions including an observation beehive, snake display, and touch pool full of wiggly aquatic life, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History appeals to both individuals and families looking to learn more about the naturally occurring world around them. The museum's current exhibition, Bones: An Inside Look at Nature, explores adaptation and biodiversity by looking at the skeletons of different animals, a bone-crown topped with the skelegem of a never before seen whale fossil, whose age is counted in the millions.

1305 E Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

The Museum of Art and History's magical meld of contemporary art and Santa Cruz County history came into being in 1996, when the art museum and the Santa Cruz Historical Society were fused. An individual membership gets you free admission to the museum's diverse collection, invitations to members-only exhibition previews, a discount to the museum's public programs, and, among other benefits, resistance to the wail of the banshee. Revisit the days of writing on paper and typing with one finger at the Don’t Forget to Write: Correspondence in the Pre-Electronic Age exhibit, which compares 1918 wartime letters with 2010 Facebook posts and showcases out-of-date communication methods, such as typewriters, fountain pens, and styrofoam cups connected by floss. Machines of Memory: Sculpture and Works on Paper by Joseph Zirker, an exhibit about the Bay Area printmaker's innovative work and methods, displays three- and two- dimensional compositions aglow with biomorphic shapes and symbols.

705 Front St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

The Los Gatos Weekly-Times profiled the Museum of Los Gatos and its new Duchamp exhibit and community outreach efforts. Culturevulture.net and VIA magazine featured the museum as part of profiles on Los Gatos. The Los Gatos Observer reviewed a number of exhibits at the Museum of Los Gatos.

4 Tait Ave
Los Gatos,
CA
US

Its name may contain the word "museum," but The Tech Museum of Innovation prefers not to wallow in the past. Since its earliest days in 1978, it has exhibited the timeless principles of science while also celebrating the latest in technological achievement. In doing so, the institution inspires visitors to apply that same spirit of creative problem-solving to all aspects of life.

  • Size: the mango-and-azure domed building fills 132,000 square feet with hundreds of interactive exhibits and six labs
  • Hands-On Experiments: ride in a jet-pack chair worthy of NASA, feel what it's like to experience an earthquake, or grow jellyfish DNA in a lab
  • Eye-Catchers: the creations inside Social Robots, where visitors design and build robots before dressing them up in hats that a human could never pull off
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Tech Awards Gallery, a showcase of past inventions and inventors from the museum's annual Tech Awards
  • Visiting Exhibit: REBOOT:music lets you create modern music with high-tech devices; try the L?HA! Laser Harp, which substitutes laser light for strings
  • Don't Miss: The Tech Studio, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the prototypes and fabrication of upcoming exhibits?and lets visitors be among the first to test them
201 S Market St
San Jose,
CA
US

Recently in the news for auctioning off a Steve Martin–created piece, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has delighted art lovers for 30 years with its massive array of intriguing modern-day masterpieces. A friend-level membership is good for unlimited free admission for two people into the gallery and its exhibits. The most recent exhibit, Tony May: Old Technology, showcases the San Jose artist's whimsical multimedia creations, including his T. Tree House—a surreal cross between a backyard tree house, studio, gigantic lantern, and Japanese teahouse, complete with a stuttering robot that generates the day's secret word. You'll also get two admissions to the annual Fall Art Auction, discounts at San Jose restaurants, and admission to the talking art discussion series, which will answer questions such as "Is this stain on my shirt art?" Migrant aesthetes will also enjoy free admission to more than 450 museums throughout the country.

560 S 1st St
San Jose,
CA
US

In 2005, Roger Castillo's dog found a bone beside the Guadalupe River. But it wasn't just any bone?it was the skull of a young Columbian mammoth. Paleontologists from UC Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology joined Roger on the scene, where they excavated a thigh bone and the pelvis of the ancient creature. The fossils were assembled into a full-scale replica of the baby mammoth, affectionately named "Lupe," and moved into the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. This happy accident became a permanent exhibit?and created a fitting unofficial mascot for an institution celebrating curiosity and wonder.

Today, visitors can stop by the museum's Mammoth Discovery! hall to see Lupe's towering frame, housed alongside 20 other hands-on activities that spark the scientific minds of little visitors. This sense of exploration is at the core of the museum's 150 exhibits. And while it may be a while before kids discover their own extinct animals, the museum's 52,000 square feet help build foundations in math, science, and art. The colorful WaterWays room, for example, uses pulleys and tunnels to teach youngsters about the properties of rivers or flooded bathrooms, while the Kids' Garden invites them to help grow fruits and veggies. Most exhibits stay on permanent display, but the museum also hosts special exhibits and events throughout the year, such as interactive storytelling performances.

180 Woz Way
San Jose,
CA
US