Best Museums in the Bay Area

These museums were voted the Bay Area’s 2018 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Children’s Discovery Museum. It offers dozens of interactive exhibits as well as storytimes, cultural celebrations, crafts, infant activities and more. 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 408-298-5437.

Silver: The Tech Museum of Innovation. 201 S. Market St., San Jose. 408-294-8324.

Bronze: Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. 1660 Park Ave., San Jose. 408-947-3635.


SF and Marin

Gold: Bay Area Discovery Museum. The mission of the museum is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3900.

Gold: Exploratorium. Explore the world through science, art and human perception. Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. 415-528-4444.

Silver: California Academy of Sciences. 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco. 415-379-8000.

Bronze: Walt Disney Family Museum. 104 Montgomery St. in The Presidio, San Francisco. 415-345-6800.


Gold: San Mateo County History Museum. Learn about the history of the Peninsula from Native Americans to today. 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. 650-299-0104.

Silver: Hiller Aviation Museum. 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650-654-0200.

Bronze: CuriOdyssey. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755.

East Bay

Gold: Lawrence Hall of Science. Located in the hills above UC Berkeley, it offers plenty of hands-on science activities for kids that are fun and educational. 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. 510-642-5132.

Silver: Chabot Space & Science Center. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 510-336-7373.

Bronze: Oakland Museum of California.1000 Oak St. 510-318-8400.

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