2025 W. Orangeburg Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
Phone: (209) 544-2000
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Arts & Museums
This undersung jewel features luminous paintings of early California and fine examples of the French Salon. Lush landscapes, still life and other works of French painters of the same era—such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Paul Gauguin, Jean-Léon Gérôme and Pierre-Auguste Renoir—make a visit to the Haggin Museum worthwhile. An extensive collection of American Indian baskets and wondrous pieces of furniture, art glass, period lamps and clocks are scattered throughout the museum.
The San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum, situated within the Micke Grove Regional Park, presents guests with the fascinating history of San Joaquin County in central California, with a focus on the county seat of Stockton. This region is noted for its good yield of olives, watermelons, tomatoes and grapes, as well as its winemaking skills. Hence, the museum's displays and artifacts are organized around themes depicting the evolution of farming, allied industries and wineries in the area. It preserves archives of historic births and deaths and houses four historic structures: an old Blacksmith Shop, and the 19th-century Julia Weber House, Calaveras School and Charles Weber Cottage. It also showcases temporary exhibits and conducts educational tours for school children.
Founded in 1981, the Castle Air Museum displays vintage aircrafts. It is amongst the largest aviation museums in the western United States and has displays from important wars like World War II, Cold War and Korean War.
Angels Camp Museum is dedicated to the California Gold Rush. It is located on the land of the Angels Mine and features on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibition includes mining equipment, horse-drawn carriages and wagons, a telephone switchboard, ancient minerals, photographs and other objects. Visit this place for a glimpse of 19th-century mining.
Lick Observatory serves as a leading observational astronomy research and education center open to students, professionals and public. Each half hour, a 15-minute presentation on the history of the observatory is shown in the 36 inch telescope dome. Some of its attractions include the Great Lick Refractor, the Shane Reflector, astronomical catalogs, various displays and more. In the summer, it offers a visitor's program where the public gets the opportunity to gaze through two Lick telescopes as well as a concert series. An on-site shop sells souvenir apparel and gifts with an astronomical flair. Admission is free.
Niles Canyon Railway is an exciting living railroad museum. Tours here are offered in a spectacular way on steam and diesel locomotives. The trains are decorated with lights on the outside and the decor from within boasts a holiday theme that creates a great atmosphere among visitors. Check out the amazing displays which includes passenger cars, motor cars, steam and diesel engines. The interpretive exhibits will give an interesting insight into the railroad history of Niles Canyon.
Established in 1988, this museum in California is known for its rare collection of classic and unique automobiles. This massive glass and granite structure houses more than 120 classic cars dating back from the 1890s. It showcases one of the earliest works of automobile art on its granite and mirror rooms. Whether it is grand antique cars or high speed racers, a Franklin, Ferrari, Mercer or Mercedes, you would find a varied collection here. The museum also has conference rooms that can be hired for meetings and gatherings. Check their website for timings and other information.
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.