Museums to Visit in Palo Alto

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There are many activities in Palo Alto and the surrounding communities to fill your leisure time. Here is a list of museums to visit and explore the culture and history of the Palo Alto area.

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto - Children and their families will enjoy the hands-on interactive exhibits and the mini-zoo houses raccoons, bobcats, ferrets, tortoises, geese and lots of snakes. Admission is Free - a $3 donation per person is appreciated.

Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Dr., Mountain View - At the Computer History Museum you can see and experience one of the world's largest collections of computing artifacts. The exhibits allow you to explore the computer revolution and its impact on the human experience. Admission is Free - donations are welcome and membership is encouraged.

Museum of American Heritage

351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto - The Museum of American Heritage preserves and presents the evolution of American invention. They collect, conserve and exhibit the wonderfully ingenious electrical and mechanical devices that have developed over the last two centuries. They present special theme exhibits that change every four months plus permanent exhibits depicting life and technology in the earlier part of the 20th century. Admission is Free.

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford - The Cantor Arts Center displays diverse collections spanning continents, cultures, and 4,000 years of art history and include the largest gathering of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. See a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantage of tours, lectures, talks, classes, and special events. Admission is Free.

San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway, Redwood City - The History Museum is an innovative regional history center located in the Old County Courthouse. Featuring interactive experiences, the History Museum's long-term exhibits are the place where you can explore the county’s rich and colorful history. Artifacts, exhibits, and legends are on display that keep history alive and retell the stories of the West. Admission is $4 for Adults, $2 for Students and Seniors, Children 5 and younger are free.

There are many more museums in this culturally rich and diverse community. This sampling offers suggestions for free and inexpensive outings for you and your family in the Palo Alto area.

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