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Arts & Museums
The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia is a Mecca for Pez cultists. As for the rest of us, if you have to ask, "What is Pez?" then this is probably not the place for you. But if the fringes of American pop culture interest you, it is worth a visit. Exhibits include the rare Pez make-a-face. In addition to the candy and dispensers, the museum store also sells stop-and-smell t-shirts (smells just like a strawberry Pez), Pez banks, Pez porcelain boxes, Pez pens, and pretty much anything else related to the cult of Pez. Burlingame is about 20 minutes south of San Francisco, depending on traffic. Visit website for information.
The superbly curated SFO Museum program was established by the Airport Commission in 1980. It has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions.Touted as the "gateway to the Pacific," the San Francisco International Airport is one of the world’s 30 busiest airports. SFO opened in 1927, and in 2003, the long-awaited Bay Area Rapid Transit expansion finally connected it to the BART line.
This is just the place to take your kids to, especially if they are interested in nature. For adults, it serves as a wake-up call and induces a desire to act towards preserving natural resources. The museum focuses on global environment and conservation, while the programs incline towards awareness of environmental concerns. Children can have fun at the workshops, where they learn how to make their homes eco-friendly. Follow it up with a cheerful lunch in the museum's picnic grounds. Those younger than three and teachers with a valid ID can get in for free. The first Wednesday of each month is free for all.
The Old Woodside Store on Tripp Road is actually a wooden cabin that was once used as a dentist clinic, a general store and a post office. Tracing its history to October of 1849, the charming old wooden structure is now home to authentic historic artifacts that chronicle the lumbering history of Woodside, CA. Although admission to the cabin is free, a donation of 2 USD is suggested. There are many educational programs hosted here that provide fun activities for the entire family and shed light on the local history and culture. As such, the Old Woodside Store is often sought for field trips and school picnics.
Located at the San Carlos airport, the Hiller Aviation Museum offers a unique insight into the history of aviation. Perfect for school field trips, family outings or aviation enthusiasts, the museum offers over 50 aircraft exhibits including displays of an 1883 glider, a 1986 Boeing Condor, an interactive cockpit of a Boeing 747 and much more. The museum is open seven days a week and group tours can be booked in advance.
Bright and colorful, that's Mama Art Cafe—a lively gallery that's simply fun to visit. Various art exhibitions are held here. The gallery takes the contributions of both local and international artists for a potent display of art. Artists from city neighborhoods are also encouraged to bring their paintings for exhibition. The gallery is also a member of the San Francisco Art's Community. They also have a small coffee shop there, where you can refresh yourself after a tour of the gallery.
The Museum of Ancient Civilizations is located within the Humanities building of the San Francisco State University campus. The museum is staffed by the university's students who not only manage the day to day operation of the museum, but are also responsible for the organization of exhibitions. Although the museum is home to a number of prestigious collections, including Lindgren coins and the Amarna Period Statuettes, it is best known for the Sutra Collection. This impressive collection is made up of over 1000 pieces from Ancient Egypt, including an exquisitely preserved sarcophagus and even a mummy. The annual Sutra exhibition attracts much attention from laypeople, students and historians, and is an event that should not be missed by anyone who is fascinated by the mysterious culture of ancient Egypt. At all other times, the collection may be viewed by appointment. Contact the Museum Studies Department for more information about the museum and the Sutra collection.
A part of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Rodin Sculpture Garden makes for an interesting visit. Open from Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11a, this beautiful garden was established in 1985. Originally designed by Robert Mittelstadt, the garden is themed around a similar garden that B. Gerald Cantor Rodin had designed in Paris; unfortunately it suffered heavy damages on account of the earthquake of 1989. Restored to its former glory in 1991 by Thomas Seligman, the garden features gorgeous masterpieces like the Gates of Hell and Burghers of Calais.
In 1994, a group of ten artists from the inland Sepik River area in New Guinea spent five months at Stanford carving 40 sculptures of this wonderful garden. The wood and stone sculptures, most of which depict people and animals, highlight traditional New Guinean myths and creation stories while keeping in mind their context within an American university; everyone finds a story they can relate to in these sculptures, because they express the common emotions of humankind. On the third Sunday of each month at 2p, there is a free, docent-led tour.
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University at Stanford University is a historic art museum incorporating pieces from the original private collection of Leland Stanford himself. Known widely for its assemblage of over twenty bronze statues in the Rodin Sculpture garden, the museum is the third largest Rodin collector in the world. The Cantor Arts Center also exhibits many diverse visual art displays varying from California artists to international cultural pieces. Visitors can also enrich their educated palette and refresh themselves in the charming museum cafe.
Located on the Stanford University campus, Hoover Tower offers a small museum at its base and excellent views of the Bay Area at the top at an extremely reasonable price. Visit the museum and then take an elevator ride to the top while a guide tells tidbits of trivia about the tower's history. At 285 feet (87 meters) tall, the tower is a must-visit attraction. Be sure to check out the carillon of 48 bells housed at the top of the tower. Stanford students get in free with ID!
Founded in 1990 from the private collection of Frank Livermore, the Museum of American Heritage is housed in the historic Williams House, a 1907 Craftsman-style home right across from scenic Heritage Park. The museum's exhibits display technology and inventions from the 19th and 20th Centuries in an era-appropriate setting. Special exhibits rotate through the gallery several times a year highlighting certain historical artifacts, from toasters to toys. The museum also offers children's summer camps and several special events throughout the year. Another plus: admission is free, though donations are welcome and appreciated. For your tiny tots the Lego Exhibit is worth a watch, there is also a pretty garden at the back of the museum. A visit to Museum of American Heritage will make you ponder over how life used to be 100 years ago.