Bay Area Science Museums & Centers
Aquarium of the Bay
Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Set right on the water, the museum’s three main exhibit areas are dedicated to displaying the amazing riches that lie beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.
Telephone: (415) 623-5300
Address: The Embarcadero and Beach St., San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Explore exhibitions that are carefully designed to nurture childhood creativity through hands-on, child-led exploration, and discovery. Set in one of the Bay Area’s most scenic locations, you’ll enjoy a day of learning, fun and gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Telephone: (415) 339-3900
Address: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA
The Cable Car Museum
Take a ride through time at San Francisco’s Cable Car Museum. See a collection of historic cable cars, photographs, and mechanical displays.
Telephone: (415) 474-1887
Address: 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
California Academy of Sciences
Visit a rainforest in the middle of San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences! The Academy houses a natural history museum, planetarium and an out-of-this-world aquarium. The exhibits don’t stop there: Take a trip to the roof to check out the 2 ½ acre living roof and solar panel canopy.
Telephone: (415) 379-8000
Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA
Chabot Space & Science Center
View interactive space exhibits, a digital planetarium, and a large screen theater at the Chabot Space & Science Center. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the night skies up close with the center’s three powerful telescopes open to the public for free viewings on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Telephone: (510) 336-7300
Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA
Children’s Creativity Museum
The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. The museum offers a range of workshops designed to spark the imagination, introduce innovative tools and methods, and encourage visitors to take creative risk.
Telephone: (415) 820-3320
Address: 221 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Test, crank, listen, prod, and tinker at the Children’s Discovery Museum. The museum serves the needs of young children, families, and schools as a center for learning and discovery.
Telephone: (408) 298-5437
Address: 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA
Computer History Museum
View the world's largest history museum for the preservation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum is full of exhibits ranging from computer marketing brochures to a history of computer chess.
Telephone: (650) 810-1010
Address: 1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA
CuriOdyssey (at Coyote Point)
A visit to the CuriOdyssey ensures everyone a chance to explore the diversity of California’s natural environment and experience natural phenomena up-close. The museum includes a museum hall that showcases the six different ecosystems found in the Bay Area, a 4,000 square foot walk through aviary, honeybee exhibition, and several gardens.
Telephone: (650) 342-7755
Address: 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA
The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker.
Telephone: (415) 528-4444
Address: Pier 15, San Francisco, CA
The Fujitsu Planetarium at DeAnza College
Spend time under the stars and catch a show at the Fujitsu Planetarium at DeAnza College. Be sure to check out the public astronomy shows about space, the solar system, planets, stars, and nighttime constellations.
Telephone: (408) 864-8814
Address: 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA
Habitot Children’s Museum
Geared toward 1-5 year olds, Habitot’s exciting hands-on exhibits, drop-in classes and an Art Studio all help children become creative, confident learners.
Telephone: (510) 647-1111
Address: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA
Hiller Aviation Museum
At the Hiller Aviation Museum you’ll be able to check out vintage and futuristic aircrafts. Don’t forget to stop by the Restoration Shop to witness first-hand the ongoing restoration process of aircrafts.
Telephone: (650) 654-0200
Address: 601 Skyway, San Carlos, CA
Go behind the scenes in the high-tech world of California’s famed Silicon Valley. See what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip factory, and connect with technologies that give us new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate.
Telephone: (408) 765-0503
Address: 2200 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA
Lawrence Hall of Science
See a large DNA molecule and climb along the back of whale at the Lawrence Hall of Science. View exhibits that focus on nanotechnology, Math Around the World, and explore the laws of motion in the Run, Jump, Fly & Spin exhibit.
Telephone: (510) 642-5132
Address: 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA
Gaze into the night skies with a visit to the Lick Observatory, an astronomical research observatory that is part of the University of California. Home to nine-research grade telescopes, you’ll be able to see our solar system in clear view along with distant galaxies.
Telephone: (408) 274-1022
Address: Mount Hamilton Rd, San Jose, CA
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Come connect with wildlife when you visit The Lindsay Wildlife Museum and learn about native animals and open spaces. The museum houses a hands-on discovery room for children, a pet education section with small domestic animals, and changing natural history and art exhibits.
Telephone: (925) 935-1978
Address: 1931 1st Ave Walnut, Creek, CA
Marine Science Institute
Explore the bay and discover the wonders it contains at a museum that allows you to get in direct physical contact with the San Francisco Bay. You can also set sail on the R/V Robert G. Brownlee for a trip that showcases the area’s rich ecosystem and amazing animals.
Address: 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City, CA
Moffett Field Historical Society Museum
Learn the history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the important role it has played in aviation and our national defense at a museum that will fascinate, educate, and capture your imagination.
Telephone: (650) 964-4024
Address: Severyns Ave., Building 126, Moffett Field, CA
NASA Ames Visitor Center
The NASA Ames Visitor Center contains the largest immersive theater on the west coast. Sit back and enjoy spectacular, spanning views of Mars and Saturn’s rings, exciting fly-overs of the Martian surface and more.
Telephone: (650) 604-6497
Address: Moffett Field Hwy 101, Mountain View, CA
Oakland Aviation Museum
The Oakland Aviation Museum houses an extensive collection of aircrafts including Korean and Vietnam War era navy jets, as well as a collection of aviation engines, propellers, equipment, and models.
Telephone: (510) 638-7100
Address: 8252 Earhart Road Bldg. 621, Oakland, CA
The Tech Museum of Innovation
This hands-on museum is full of interactive exhibits, divided among galleries themed around earth sciences, technology, energy and creative play.
Telephone: (408) 294-8324
Address: 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA