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San Buenaventura Mission
San Buenaventura Mission Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Santa Barbara, CA
Museum in Ventura, CA USA

Founded in 1782, Mission San Buenaventura, was the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Junipero Serra. Destroyed by fire in the 1790s, the church was rebuilt over a period of a dozen years and rededicated in 1809.


Melody Ranch Movie Studio
Melody Ranch Movie Studio Top Attraction!
Museum in Santa Clarita, CA USA

Western Movie Studio Tours

Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in California
Museum in All Locations, CA USA

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum on 6933 Hollywood Blvd Madam Tussauds provides indoor fun for children and adults. Immerse yourself in an interactive experience with A-List celebrities, Hollywood icons, Super heroes, pop stars and more! Book your own A-list party at Madame Tussauds Hollywood today.

Heidrick Ag History Museum
Heidrick Ag History Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Sacramento, CA
Museum in Woodland, CA USA

Check out the marvels of agriculture, and commercial trucking through 130,000 square feet of interactive, one-of-a-kind exhibits. The Heidrick Ag History Center is a non­profit organization dedicated to enhancing people’s education, understanding and appreciation of the rich heritage of agriculture and transportation.

Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Irvine, CA
Museum in Laguna Beach, CA USA

Come visit one of the oldest museums in California, the Laguna Art Museum. The Laguna Art Museum has deep ties to the history and culture of Laguna Beach. It's focus is American art with an emphasis on the art of California.


Antique Truck Show
Antique Truck Show
Museum in Perris, CA USA

Antique Truck Show Comes to Orange Empire Railway Museum See antique trucks, step onto train cars, take a ride on trolleys! Thousands of truck enthusiasts and rail fans will gather Sunday, May 1 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA for the annual Antique Truck Show.

Borax Visitor Center
Borax Visitor Center things to do on a rainy day in California
Museum in Boron, CA USA

Mining and Mineral Education Center The Borax Visitor Center is located in Boron, California, at the edge of California's largest open pit mine. The Visitor Center mission is to educate the public about the important role of mining and minerals in their daily lives.

California State Railroad Museum
California State Railroad Museum things to do on a rainy day in Sacramento, CA
Museum in Sacramento, CA USA

North America's finest and most popular railroad museum Located at Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is widely regarded as North America’s finest and most-visited railroad museum.

Estrella Warbird Museum
Estrella Warbird Museum things to do on a rainy day in San Luis Obispo, CA
Museum in Paso Robles, CA USA



Intel Museum
Intel Museum things to do on a rainy day in Santa Clara, CA
Museum in Santa Clara, CA USA

Fascinating and fun high-tech museum inside Intel Explore the world of silicon chips at the only high-tech company museum in Silicon Valley. More than 30 entertaining, educational, hands-on exhibits show how computer chips are made and what they do.

Military Antiques And Museum
Military Antiques And Museum things to do on a rainy day in Napa, CA
Museum in Petaluma, CA USA

The museum, adjacent to the country's largest retail military shop, features life-size dioramas and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

Napa Valley Museum
Napa Valley Museum things to do on a rainy day in Napa, CA
Museum in Yountville, CA USA

Art & History Museum Situated mid-valley in the historic town of Yountville, between St. Helena and Napa, the Museum provides unique experiences that enrich the cultural fabric of our community through exhibitions and educational programs.

National Steinbeck Center
National Steinbeck Center things to do on a rainy day in Santa Cruz, CA
Museum in Salinas, CA USA

Interactive Museum offering three unique experiences National Steinbeck Center is a $15 million 43,000 sq.ft. museum in the heart of Steinbeck Country, Salinas, CA. This unique museum offering three fun and educational experiences for the visitor.

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum things to do on a rainy day in Napa, CA
Museum in Petaluma, CA USA

Petaluma Historical Library and Museum in Petaluma, CA The neoclassical-style museum in Historic Downtown is a former Carnegie Library built in 1904 from locally quarried stone and features the largest free-standing leaded glass dome in Northern California.

Ripleys Museum in Hollywood
Ripleys Museum in Hollywood things to do on a rainy day in Hollywood, CA
Museum in Hollywood, CA USA

The only place in Hollywood where youll find shrunken heads, a 12ft tall Transformer sculpture made of scrap car parts, and an authentic vampire killing kit. Youll be astounded by unusual but fascinating art unlike youve never seen before. Experience Ripleys Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Hollywood, California. Since 1992 we have carried on Robert Ripleys tradition of scouring the globe for the worlds most unbelievable exhibits.

Ripleys Odditorium in San Francisco
Ripleys Odditorium in San Francisco things to do on a rainy day in San Francisco, CA
Museum in San Francisco, CA USA

The only place in San Francisco where youll find shrunken heads, an Egyptian mummified foot, pieces of duct tape art, and a two-trunk elephant! Ripleys Believe It or Not! is the weirdest thing on the Wharf!

Skirball Cultural Center - Noah's Ark on view permanently!
Skirball Cultural Center - Noah's Ark on view permanently! things to do on a rainy day in California
Museum in Brentwood, CA USA

Imagine yourself immersed in a favorite childhood tale. Five years in the making and occupying an 8,000-square-foot gallery, Noah's Ark at the Skirball welcomes children and families to take this journey together.

STAR ECO Station
STAR ECO Station things to do on a rainy day in Santa Monica, CA
Museum in Culver City, CA USA

Environmental Education and Wildlife Rescue Center

Water's Extreme Journey
Water's Extreme Journey things to do on a rainy day in San Francisco, CA
Museum in Berkeley, CA USA

Explore a giant water-cycle maze in Water's Extreme Journey. Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze.

 Juncture 1: 40th Anniversary Member's Exhibition
Juncture 1: 40th Anniversary Member's Exhibition things to do on a rainy day in San Jose, CA
Museum in San Jose, CA USA

Juncture 1: 40th Anniversary Member's Exhibition Juncture 1: 40th Anniversary Member's Exhibition is currently on display in the Museum’s Porcella Gallery thru November 26, 2017. It will be followed in the Porcella Gallery by Juncture 2: 40th Anniversary Member's Exhibit (November 29, 2017 - January 14, 2018).

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