Best Museums in the Bay Area

These museums were voted the Bay Area’s 2023 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: The Tech Interactive. It features hands-on exhibits focusing on technology, climate change, the human body, biology, space exploration, bio tinkering and more. San Jose.

Silver: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. San Jose.

Bronze:  Intel Museum. Santa Clara.

Bronze: Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Palo Alto.


Gold: CuriOdyssey. This science museum and zoo allows families to see wild animals up close and enjoy hands-on exhibits. San Mateo.

Silver:  Hiller Aviation Museum. San Carlos.

Bronze: San Mateo County History Museum. Redwood City.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: California Academy of Sciences. This research institute and natural history museum has more than 46 million specimens and features an aquarium, planetarium and rainforest. San Francisco.

Silver: Bay Area Discovery Museum. Sausalito.

Silver: Exploratorium. San Francisco.

Bronze: Children’s Creativity Museum. San Francisco.

East Bay

Gold: Chabot Space & Science Center. Learn about NASA and space, explore the galaxy with powerful telescopes, enjoy a show in the newly renovated planetarium and much more at this nonprofit institution on 13 acres in Redwood Regional Park. Oakland.

Silver: Oakland Museum of California. Oakland.

Bronze: Lawrence Hall of Science. Berkeley.



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