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Arts & Museums
The Don Francisco Galindo House is also known as Galindo House and Gardens and is located in Concord, California. It was built by Francisco Galindo and his wife, Maria Dolores Manuela Galindo in 1856. This is one of the last remaining Victorian ranch houses in the county. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1988.
Located in Walnut Creek, this museum is a multi-purpose facility that cares for injured and endangered animals from all over the state of California. It operates the largest veterinary rehabilitation hospital in the United States, treating over 6000 wild animals annually. In addition, they have educational tours for children, and a learning theater.
This national park is the preserved home of one of the United States' most famous naturalists and conservationists, John Muir. Muir, who passed away in 1914, founded the Sierra Club and is considered the father of the National Parks system. The site consists of Muir's 17-room Victorian mansion and surrounding fruit ranch, his gravesite, the Martinez Adobe, and the recently added Mount Wanda area that features the John Muir Nature Trail. Take the self-guided tour of the grounds. There are special events around Christmas and on John Muir's birthday, April 21.
This adobe structure was built in 1849 and is part of the John Muir National Historic Site. Although John Muir never lived here, he did spend a lot of time here when his daughter and her husband and children occupied the dwelling. The original owner, Don Vincente Martinez, son of the commandante of the Presidio of San Francisco, built the house but only lived there for four years. After visiting the historic adobe home, visit Muir's 17-room mansion and take a walk on the John Muir trail that runs through a majestic oak forest.
The Bedford Gallery is solely dedicated to visual arts and artists. It does not restrict itself to a particular type or genre and offers a great mix of contemporary, historic and modern art. Throughout the season, it hosts exhibitions, art talks, workshops and many other events. The gallery also takes initiatives to introduce and educate the general public to the world of creativity and art. For more details and updates, call ahead.
The Danville Southern Pacific Railroad Depot dates back to 1891. Till 1951, the building served as a railroad depot and was later sold off, currently it is home to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. The historical depot is incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places.
This is a hands-on science museum. Walk in past a full-scale fiberglass model of a fin whale and indulge in earthquake simulations, dice-rolling games of probability, a planetarium and hundreds of other exhibits for both kids and adults. The younger set will particularly appreciate the Wizard Lab. The view from here (day or night) is about the best you will get in the Bay Area.
This science center features a variety of educational attractions including one of the largest telescopes (36-inch reflector) open to the public in the United States. You can also look through its historic eight- and 20-inch telescopes and enjoy a sophisticated 250-seat planetarium, a 210-seat domed-screen theater, and a 150-seat amphitheater. The observatory also offers interactive science exhibits including a Challenger Learning Center with space flight simulation.
This museum has been bringing culture, diversity, fine art and more to Berkeley since 1970. BAM houses an impressive and ever-changing collection of fine art, sculpture and artifacts that span ages and cultures, countries and places. Find the masterpieces from the 18th Century on, from the Impressionists to the Surrealists, to 20th-century Post-modernists. Past exhibits have included a collection of mandolins from Tibet from the 15th Century, as well as the paintings of famed lesbian artist Romaine Brooks. There's always something here that captures the imagination, challenges thought and establishment, and entertains as much as it intrigues. Call for more information.
A gallery exhibiting various artworks, the Berkeley Art Center is a slice of vibrant, colorful art in the northern area of the city of Berkeley. Apart from art exhibitions, the center also plays host to numerous live music and literary events. Entrance to the gallery is free of charge, however donations are accepted and encouraged. Check the website for the latest information on schedules and more.
The Riverview Union High School building is a historic structure that houses the Antioch Historical Society Museum. The museum features artworks by various local artists, from Virginia Fleming to Helen Love. Group and school tours of the museum, which is open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, are available. The museum, grounds and gazebo can be hired for private events.
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, a natural history museum in the University of California, was established by philanthropist Annie Montague Alexander. Founded in the year 1908, it has grown to be one of the best centers of study of for vertebrae evolution in the West Coast. It also has one of the most extensive collection of specimen including different living forms like reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians etc with other informative factoids like notes, photographs, maps and records. The museum has become a center for all researchers interested in evolutionary biology.