Museums in Monterey

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

Moffett Field Historical Society

Mountain View

$16 $10

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

Visit for Four or One-Year Individual or Archivist Membership to the San Mateo County History Museum (60% Off)

San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

$20 $11

Underneath the stately dome of Old County Courthouse, visitors and scholars pore over archives and engage with hands-on exhibits

General Admission for Two, Four, or Six Adults to Filoli (Up to 55% Off)

Filoli

Woodside, California

$40 $19.99

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654-acre estate encompasses manicured gardens, nature preserve, and stately house filled with antiques and paintings

Admission to LaserMania for Two, Four, or Six at Chabot Space & Science Center (Up to 54% Off)

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland

$28 $14

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Enjoy a fusion of art and science with a 360-degree laser-light show set to the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or U2

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

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

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

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)

$14 $9

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

$14 for a Contemporary Jewish Museum Visit for Two (Up to $24 Value)

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

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Explore the history, culture, and ideas of the Jewish community through constantly rotating exhibitions of art and design

Museum Visit for Two or Four with Poster at The Beat Museum (Up to 61% Off)

The Beat Museum

North Beach

$31 $12

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

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

Cartoon Art Museum

Yerba Buena

$45 $27

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

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

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

$24 $12

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

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

SF Armory

Mission

$50 $30

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

One-Year Individual or Family Membership to Museum of the African Diaspora (Up to 46% Off)

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

$65 $35

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

One-Year Membership to the Conservatory of Flowers (40% Off). Five Options Available.

Conservatory of Flowers

Golden Gate Park

$40 $24

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Galleries of orchids, water lilies, ancient tropical plants, and planters inside North America's oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory

Individual or Family Membership to The Mexican Museum (Up to 48% Off)

The Mexican Museum

Fort Mason Center

$60 $35

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

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

The GLBT History Museum

Castro

$10 $5

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

One Visit for 1 Adult and 2 Kids or Unlimited Visits for 3 People at Habitot Children's Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Habitot Children's Museum

Downtown Berkeley

$28 $14

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Habitot builds infants’ and young kids' creative-thinking and problem-solving skills through exhibits, art studio, and educational programs

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

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

$24 $12

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

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

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Richmond

$45 $22

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

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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

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

Silicon Valley. Analog computers. Artificial intelligence. The Computer History Museum chronicles the 2,000-plus year history of computing. The exhibits include a range of displays that introduce guests to ancient devices, the first computers from the 1940s and 50s, and examples of contemporary mobile computing.

During visits, interactive exhibits invite players to compete in a game of pong or relay the stories of the first computer pioneers. The online exhibits detail the history of computer chess, marketing the computer revolution, and reflect back on this day in computer history. The museum also displays a fully-functioning Charles Babbage?s first automatic computing machine?the Babbage Engine, which he designed in 1834, though it wasn?t built until more than a century later?giving visitors a rare glimpse into the evolution computing.

1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View,
CA
US

Underneath the stately stained-glass dome of the 1910 Old County Courthouse, tourists, locals, and history buffs stuff their brains with knowledge from interactive kiosks and thousands of books and primary sources about San Mateo County. Hands-on school programs and a wealth of exhibits educate visitors on particular aspects of the region's heritage, including the natural resources that enrich the shores and forests, and the waves of pioneers who used local raw materials to support the growth of not only San Mateo County, but San Francisco as well. The museum?s curators and archivists pride themselves on their professionalism, nabbing a coveted accreditation by the American Association of Museums, an honor claimed by only a small percentage of the nation?s museums and none of the nation?s dry cleaners.

2200 Broadway St.
Redwood City,
CA
US

On Sunday, February 24, runners get up at the crack of dawn to embark on a journey through downtown Niles, which begins at 7:30 a.m. The flat courses send participants snaking in and out of the bustling streets and along the lakes of the Bay Area burg. During both the half marathon and the 5K, supporters line the courses, cheering on the runners with shouts of encouragement and signs reminding them to never run from their problems. In the 12 weeks leading up to the races, a running coach from Stanford University leads free training sessions for runners of all levels. This helps athletes perfect their times so they can have something to celebrate at the finish-line party.

37592 Niles Boulevard
Fremont,
CA
US

Helicopter pioneer Stanley Hiller Jr. founded the Hiller Aviation Museum with the future in mind, using history to inspire future generations to explore and create. He had firsthand proof of the innovative abilities of youth—his design for the first successful coaxial helicopter landed at age 19.

In the museum he established in 1998, 53,000 square feet of exhibits let visitors of all ages discover more than 40 aircraft without the dangers of encountering them in the wild. A narrated walking tour leads the way through them, tracing the history of flight from its humble beginnings in village jumping contests to today's supersonic jets. Fixed-wing and rotary aircraft designed by Hiller and others rest throughout the huge, bright space, while weekends beckon would-be pilots into a flight simulator equipped with huge monitors of bay views and realistic yokes, throttles, and pedals.

601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos,
CA
US