Arts abound here in four main formats: large-scale, world-class organizations; smaller, quirkier museums, often showcasing the Golden State’s history and its abundant idiosyncratic subcultures (think surfers, Silicon Valley techno-wizards, and Peanuts aficionados).
When the weather hinders traditional camping activities (or not) stretch your mind with a visit to one of California’s museums.
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa – The museum celebrates the works of artist and Peanuts cartoon creator, Charles Schulz. Exhibits include an extensive collection of Peanuts cartoon strips, Charles Schulz personal artifacts, licensed Peanuts products, multimedia, photographs and more. Charles Schulz was a lifetime resident of Santa Rosa. Read More>
Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa – Founded in 1989, the museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, preserving aviation history, and providing an educational venue for students and the community. We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life. Read
North Coast Natural History Museum, Arcata – Combine your Redwood adventures with a follow up investigation at the Local Natural History Exhibit in the museum, and then move on to the fossils. Many exhibits are hands-on including microscopes, computer programs, touch drawers and a fossil dig box. The HSU Natural History Museum exhibits a world-class collection of over 2,000 fossils as well as displays on local natural history. Fossils range from tiny trilobites to mammoth tusks covering millions of years of life on earth. Read
International Sea Glass Museum, Fort Bragg – The International Sea Glass Museum houses the world’s largest permanent sea glass exhibit. At the turn of the century, beaches were used as city dumps where broken glass was shaped and rounded over the decades into colorful beads. Many rare and unusual specimens are on display at the museum as well as jewelry made from these beads. Read
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka – With amazing community support, the new Morris Graves Museum of Art opened in 2000 in Eureka’s restored 1904 Carnegie Library. The Museum today houses seven galleries including a Courtyard Sculpture Garden, a Museum Store, classroom facilities, an Arts Resource Center and a Performance Rotunda, and each month, Eureka’s Arts Alive! brings an average of 2,500 community members to the Museum to enjoy. 636 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501, Humboldtarts.org
Hand Fan Museum, Healdsburg – Every society has used a hand fan of some sort. From palm fronds to feathers-from beautifully painted works of art to jewel encrusted, gold plated objects of incredible value. Fans were used in fashion, religion, battle and ceremony. Why there is even a language devoted exclusively to the hand fan! Fans tell the stories and histories of the cultures and individuals who used them. Art, culture, geography and history – all in the palm of your hand. 219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448,HandFanMuseum.com
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County – Their mission is to inspire children’s creativity and stimulate their curiosity to discover the world through playful exploration of the arts and sciences. 1835 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
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