Museums in San Francisco Bay Area

Like everything in San Francisco even the museums are innovative and unique from science to vibrators, ice cream and more.
Here is a list of the must-visited museums:

A unique inquiry-based museum that offers a learning laboratory of the world via art, science and human perception.

More than 650 interactive exhibits on display at the interior and exterior galleries allow visitors to experience the impossible, like touch tornados, dance with shadows, and stop time.

Rotating innovative exhibitions, special events, tours, and more are offered daily.

Open – Daily 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday, open 6 -10 PM for 18+ only. Free on October 20th for Community 50th Anniversary Founder’s Day
For more information check the museum’s website.

A realm of imagination comes to life providing an ice cream experience that engages all five senses.

The museum showcasing candy themed exhibits as well as interactive installations, including unicorns, sprinkle pool, rainbow swings and cookie carousels.

A fun experience and the ideal background for a perfect selfie.
The Cafe 1905C offers various ice cream flavors and the shop offers apparel, toys, and accessories all inspired by candies and ice cream.

The museum was founded in 2016 by Maryellis Bunn, who decided to fulfill her childhood dream – jumping into a pool of sprinkles.

Open – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12:30 – 6:00 PM, Friday: 12:30 – 6:30 PM, Saturday: 9:30 AM – 8:45 PM, Sunday: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Closed on Tuesdays, Need to arrive 15 minutes before the ticketed time slot.
For more information check the museum’s website.

A small museum located at the first women friendly sex shop in the US (Good Vibrations).

The exhibition is reviewing the history of vibrators, the device that started for medical use and later was “targeted towards the sexual “new woman”.

On Disapply are antique devices from the late 1800’s till recent days. The shop and museum were founded in 1977 by Joani Blank, sex therapist and educator.

Open – Daily 12:30-6:30 PM (Late night Thursdays till 8:30). Free tours on every 3rd Sunday of the month at 3 PM.
For more information check the museum’s website.

Located at the original site of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, the museum review the history of the company throughout the years, from the 19th century Goldrush to Silicon Valley of today.

The exhibits go back in time to the days when transportation and deliveries between the east coast to the west coast was highly dangerous.

On display there’re authentic items and artifacts, including a Concord Stagecoach from the 1860s, old map of San Francisco, original stamps and postcards, gold nuggets and a vintage Pong video game.

Open – Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, Free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.

The first museum in the US dedicated to the history and culture of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

The main and permanent exhibition of “Queer Past Becomes Present,” reviewing the history of queers in the bay area since the time of the establishment of the city, and their contribution to the city. Rotating exhibitions focusing on relationships, people and leaders in the LGBT community.

The museum was founded in 2011 by the GLBT Historical Society who has been collecting since the early 1980’s documents, artifacts, graphic arts and more related to the history of the LGBT community.

Open – Monday – Saturday 10AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 5 PM. Free on the first Wednesday of every month
For more information check the museum’s website.

Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park’s Museum
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000 Richmond, CA 94804.


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The museum is located in the national park honoring the people who supported the home front during WW2, the park is also the home to Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

Exhibitions presents the life of the people who supported the war, most of them were women, who sometimes were left by alone when their partners left to the war.

On display are written narratives, oral histories, defense industry equipment, artifacts and ephemera, photographs, films and personal belongings from the home front.

Special programs are held in the museum, as meeting Rosie on Fridays, lectures, and more.

Open – Daily 10 AM – 5 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

This small island overlooking the city and the Golden Gate bridge was once (1934-1963) one of the most secure places in the US, holding some of the most dangerous criminals, and this is only one piece of the island interesting history.

Note that females were not allowed to serve as guards nor were female prisoners.

The prison is visited in a guided tour, day, night or via the behind the scenes tour.

Arriving to the island is by ferry operated by Alcatraz Cruises LLC and departing from the Embarcadero near the intersection of Bay Street at Pier 33. The ferry ride is included in the ticket’s price.

Open – Daily, ferry leaves between 8:45 AM – 6:30 PM every 30 minutes. Recommended to reserve in advance.
For more information check the museum’s website.

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