Like the art world itself, the museum and its galleries evolve constantly—at least 15 different exhibitions open there each year. The museum's visitors will encounter many different forms of artistic inspiration as they sample the museum's wealth of local and global artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Size: 9,000 square feet encompass four rotating galleries, which host more than 15 exhibitions annually
The Buildings: The museum's side-by-side structures were designed by acclaimed architects Irving Gill in the early 20th century and Frederick Fisher in the early 21st century.
Don't Miss: The Museum Store, which sells jewelry, glass, clothes, and other original works of art
Special Programs: Art classes, the 333's Music at the Museum series, panels, lectures, and Art After Dark—evenings of wine, beer, and themed creative entertainment
Pro Tip: The museum closes its doors and puts a pillow under every statue's head on Mondays and major holidays.
Beyond the Museum: OMA's travel programs take people on art-themed trips to foreign countries.
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What's a fine museum without fine dining to accompany it? Be sure to pick up a tasty meal when you visit their great restaurant.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this museum.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, eerie theremin, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.
At Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, you can explore many works of art scattered throughout creative art exhibits.
While you're enjoying this museum, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this museum — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The early days of the combustion engine leap to life at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Besides immaculately preserved Steam Traction Engines (tractors) and Steam Power Units from 1849-1960, the museum boasts onsite replicas of historical workshops, and even grows its own crop of wheat every winter and sorghum cane every summer.
Size: Located on 55 acres of farmland—room enough for 20,000 artifacts, 50 weaving looms, and more than 150 years of history
Eye Catcher: Four model railroad layouts, including a scale model of the Southern Pacific crossing of the Donner Pass, currently in the process of construction
Permanent Mainstay: The smoking jewels in the museum's crown are the steam traction engines, which date from about 1860 to 1924, and the gas and diesel engines, which could be bought new as recently as 1940
Don't Miss: A regular lineup of historical events including Civil War reenactments, antique engine and tractor shows, and a recurring antique consignment auction