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Bay Area Museums
Bay Area museums are as fascinating and diverse as the region itself. Spend an afternoon -- or longer -- at any of these wonderful institutions and learn more about the region's natural treasures, through their myriad exhibits, educational programs and tours.

Coyote Point Museum

Website: www.coyoteptmuseum.org
Telephone: (650) 342-7755
Email: info@coyoteptmuseum.org

Located in San Mateo, the Coyote Point Museum lets visitors explore humans' relationship to the environment. The Museum offers a range of interactive resources about the Bay Area ecology and environment, and features hands-on activities, a walk-through aviary, theme gardens, and exhibits on wildlife habitats. After learning about the Bay Area, visitors can then enjoy it at leisure -- the museum is conveniently located in Coyote Point Park and its rich variety of hiking and biking trails.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Website: desfbay.fws.gov/basic.html
Telephone: (510) 792-0222
Email: carmen_leong@fws.gov

Alameda's Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is just a few miles from the city, but visitors to this oasis of nature would never know it. Established in 1974, the wildlife refuge provides a protected habitat for a variety of migratory birds and a number of endangered and threatened species. The Refuge offers wildlife exhibits and guided programs and walks.
The Exploratorium
Website: www.exploratorium.edu
Telephone: (415) 561-0360

Located in the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium boasts a wide array of hands-on activities. From exhibitions on heat, life sciences, electricity, and vision to a huge tactile dome in which visitors explore in the dark, the Exploratorium inspires curiosity and educates people about the world around them. In addition to nearly 650 activities on science, art, and human perception, the museum offers changing exhibitions, an art series, and film showings. And be sure to enjoy the museum's great location -- right on the San Francisco Bay with views of the Marin headlands.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Website: www.lindsaymuseum.org
Telephone: (925) 935-1978

Public education meets wildlife rehabilitation at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Contra Costa. Opened in 1955, the museum works to educate the public about human impacts on wildlife through its exhibits of live, non-releasable native wildlife. In addition, the museum is a working wildlife rehabilitation hospital -- one of the largest in the nation.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Website: www.mbayaq.org
Telephone: (831) 648-4800

Although not actually located in the Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is such a gem, it's worth a visit for any Bay Area lover. The Aquarium's extensive and innovative exhibits, programs, and publications introduce visitors to the marine world. Permanent exhibits focus on plants and animals in such natural habitats as a kelp forest, reef pilings, estuaries and sloughs, and beaches and dunes.
Oakland Museum of California
Website: www.museumca.org
Telephone: (510) 238-2200
Email: museumca@museumca.org

For more than 30 years, the Oakland Museum of California has helped visitors explore the natural wonders of California, and learn about the people and events that have shaped Golden State history. Among its many permanent exhibits: a simulated journey through California's ecosystems, from the Pacific Coast to the High Sierras. Located in Alameda, the museum also boasts a range of special exhibitions, educational programs, and public festivals.
San Francisco Bay Model
Website: www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc
Telephone: (415) 332-3871

Residents and visitors searching for a better understanding of the San Francisco Bay and Delta should look no farther than the San Francisco Bay Model in Marin. This three dimensional hydraulic model of the Bay and Delta areas simulates tides, currents, and river flows, giving an accurate representation of the Bay including San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun Marsh, and portions of the San Joaquin Delta. Be sure to call ahead to see when the model is in operation.