Museums in San Mateo County & Silicon Valley
Museums in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley offer visitors the opportunity to learn new things while visiting our destination. The San Mateo County Museum narrates how the Peninsula has evolved after the 1906 earthquake, while Silicon Valley museums such as the Computer History Museum displays how computers and technology have evolved throughout the years. Below we have listed some of the best art, history, tech, and science museums in our area.
Art enthusiasts will find San Mateo County and Silicon Valley fascinating. Located at Stanford University, the Anderson Collection is home to 86 artists and 121 modern and contemporary American paintings and sculpture from the Anderson Family collection. Also located at Stanford, the Cantor Arts Center features the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. You may also visit The Foster in Palo Alto and experience Tony Foster's watercolor journey paintings as a whole work of art. Planning a visit to San Francisco? The De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, are two of the best fine arts museums you will find in the entire city.
San Mateo County is home to some of the best history museums in the Bay Area. At the San Mateo County History Museum, visitors will learn about the history of the Peninsula through the times of the Ohlone Natives, the Spanish explorers and the Victorian era of great estates. While those looking to learn about the intricacies of flight, can visit the Hiller Aviation Museum and walk through their collection of unique early aircraft, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and cutting edge test vehicles. Looking to expand your visit? Head to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda and explore this National Historic Landmark, recognized as one of the most decorated ships in naval history.
TECH & SCIENCE MUSEUMS
You are visiting Silicon Valley, of course, Tech and Science Museums await your visit! Spend a day exploring the Computer History Museum, one of the best Silicon Valley museums, to learn about the roots of today’s internet and why computer history is 2,000 years old. Or plan a visit to the California Academy of Science and learn more about the world and its challenges of sustainability. Traveling with curious children? CuriOdyssey is one of the best San Mateo kids museums, offering fun interactive exhibits and hands-on science programs, or head to San Francisco and visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! located in Fisherman's Wharf or visit the world-famous Exploratorium, where families can explore more than 650 exhibits on display!