8 art museums in the
San Francisco Bay Area,
to appreciate and enjoy!

By Wander Team | 5 minutes read

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!


The San Francisco Bay Area boasts of technological innovations, but is also extremely famous for its diverse culture.

You will find people from all over the world gelling together, and you will also find anything from fine arts to science to theatre to technology to entertainment, all culminated in this unique and vibrant environment in the Bay Area.

 For those who enjoy arts in any form, like classic paintings to modern and scientific pieces of work, there are a few museums in the area that you should definitely explore.


1. California Science Academy

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

 

This is the largest, most innovative museum in the world. It is a unique and eco-friendly natural history museum, which brings the space, the land, and the water wonders to life.

 

All the three aspects of the world are displayed proudly in the form of prehistoric artifacts, sedimentation of rocks and minerals, sparkling gems from the mines, evidence of astronomical accomplishments, and exquisite and living plants and animals.


You will find unique aquatic specimens, historic pieces of art and culture, architectural details of past eras, planetary arrangements, and rainforest tours, all organized for your viewing and learning pleasure. 

 

Go 'See the Stars' on the 180 degree screen in the Planetarium.

 

Explore hands-on 'The discovery Tidepool', where hermit crabs and the starfish provide you with information about the California terrain, and 'Spend the Night' with Penguins and Pajamas sleepovers on Fridays and Saturdays.   


2. The Tech Museum

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

This science and technology museum in the heart of downtown San Jose, offers the dream of becoming an innovator. A little curiosity combined with a little dose of creativity, and innovations are born.

 

There are workshops to explore, learn to solve real world problems like climate change, and everything you can find related to next generation science innovations.


For those leaning towards a family-friendly environment, this is the place to be, with something for people of all ages.

 

Do not miss the world's first laser projection here at the highly advanced, IMAX dome theater. It is an overload of an awesome sensory experience, one that is unique in itself.



3. Winchester Mystery House

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

This used to be the personal home of Sarah Winchester, the wife of the firearms magnate, William Winchester. This home is built in the most architecturally bizarre fashion you have ever seen. There is an interesting story attached to Mrs. Winchester. It is said that she was haunted by the ghosts of those killed by the rifles that her husband manufactured. She was convinced by a psychic that if she wanted to live, she would have to go west, and build a home nonstop.

 

There are 160 rooms in this labyrinth-styled mansion, apparently done on purpose to confuse the spirits. Each room is designed in an extremely lavish and beautiful way, and are considered fine examples of Queen Anne, Victorian style architecture.


Beauty aside, weirdness resides with stairs going nowhere, or ending at the ceiling, doors and cabinets open to brick walls, skylights in the floor instead of the ceiling, balconies built indoors, rather than outside the home. Not to mention the rooms are built within rooms, secret doors that can be opened only one way, so many chimneys that do not even touch the ceiling. The house is definitely a curious must-see, but go in the daytime. 



4. Asian Arts Museum

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

Arts and cultural pieces from all over the continent of Asia can be found at the Asian Arts Museum.

 

Inspirational works of art, including classic and contemporary, find a home here.


Collections from India and Turkey to China and Philippines, over the last 6000 years have been saved for posterity.

 

Do not miss the exhibitions and the galleries in this vast museum, located right near the Golden Gate Park.

 

You can also find educational programs, live artist demonstrations and performances. 



5. Exploratorium

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

This is a museum of art, science and technology, also coined a mad scientist's arcade.

 

There is a funhouse, a laboratory to experiment in, all the things that you can explore by getting your hands dirty.

 

You will find hundreds of interactive exhibits, things to build yourself, and activities that will teach you scientific principles.

 

This is a great place for some family oriented fun activity. 



6. Legion of Honor

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

This is the classic and traditional museum for fine arts, one of the largest public art institutions in California, for those who are connoisseurs of art.

 

The Legion of Honor gets its name from the highest French order of merit, set by Napoleon Bonaparte, for both military and civil achievements.

 

You will find wondrous pieces of art in rocks, metals, canvas or oil paints. Both the interior and the exterior of the museum are worth visiting.



7. Children's Discovery Museum of California 

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

As the name suggests, a child of any age can have a field day here.

 

They are allowed to make, break, change, test, or tinker anything that catches their fancy.

 

About 150 exhibits to explore, you can easily keep those little hands and minds busy. 



8. Walt Disney Museum

 

Wander Blog - 8 art museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, to appreciate and enjoy!

 

This museum shares with all the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Imaginations create things, so dare to dream. It is owned by the Walt Disney family foundation, and is a non-profit organization.

 

An about 10-15 feet tall model of Disneyland stands in the middle of the lobby, with a huge display of all the 248 awards that Walt Disney won during his career.

 

There is a huge theater that plays the world famous Fantasia, as well as other Disney movies. It is a clear depiction of one man's curious pursuit of motion pictures. 


 

These museums definitely display precious pieces of art, but they carry so much culture, and learning, that one can only gain by visiting them. Hope you and your family are richer with the experience. 

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