Best Museums in the Bay Area



These museums were voted the Bay Area’s 2019 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

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

Silver: Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose. 408-323-1107. parkhere.org.

Bronze: The Tech Interactive. 201 S. Market St., San Jose. 408-294-8324. thetech.org.

SF and Marin

Gold: Cable Car Museum. 201 Mason St., San Francisco. 415-474-1887. cablecarmuseum.org.

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

Bronze: Exploratorium. Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. 415-528-4360. exploratorium.edu.

Peninsula

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. historysmc.org.

Silver: CuriOdyssey. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. curiodyssey.org.

Bronze: Hiller Aviation Museum. 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650-654-0200. hiller.org.

East Bay

Gold: Oakland Museum of California. This is one of the best places in the East Bay to explore California art, history and natural sciences.1000 Oak St. 510-318-8400. museumca.org.

Silver: Lawrence Hall of Science. 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. 510-642-5132. lawrencehallofscience.org.

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

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