San Bernardino California Museums

The San Bernardino County Museum continues to see increases in visitors, even though annual visitor numbers have reached an all-time low. Earlier this month, authorities reported a 3.5 percent year-on-year increase in visitors.

People wait to enter the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, California, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Visitors enjoy the exhibitions in the Hall of History, while visitor numbers are rising, even though annual visitor numbers are at an all-time low. The museum says visitor numbers have been rising for two years, up more than 3.5 percent year-on-year, and are enjoying the Natural History Museum's new exhibition, "The Great American Dream." People enjoy a tour of the "American Dream" exhibit at the San Diego State University Museum in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, June 20, 2017.

The San Diego State University Museum in Los Angeles, California, is in the midst of a year-over-year increase in visitor numbers, which have been rising for two years in a row, on Wednesday, June 20, 2017.

The San Diego State University Museum in Los Angeles, California, is on Wednesday, June 20, 2017, amid a year-long surge in visitor numbers, which have been rising for two years in a row.

Khalil Jones, 4, front, looks at minerals at the San Diego State University Museum in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Nichola Thomas, 9, makes a face at the Natural History Museum of the United States on Wednesday, June 20, 2017. Jordan Thomas, 10, gets his hands on a replica of a dinosaur from the National Park Service's Great Barrier Reef in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday, April 30, 2016.

Exhibits at the San Diego State University Museum in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. A replica of a dinosaur from the National Park Service's Great Barrier Reef in Las Vegas, Nevada, is displayed at the Natural History Museum of the United States on Wednesday, June 20, 2017.

Many of the museum's mammalian collections are gifts from John C. Belcher and it contains the largest collection of firearms and handguns in the United States and the oldest collection of weapons in the world. To visit this special exhibition, visitors are invited to visit the permanent Hall of Biodiversity of the Museum, where exhibits on other animals threatened, extinct or thriving in our region are on display. The exhibition "Bear's Mind" will highlight the history of a grizzly: "The Story of California's Grizzly" opens November 3 at the San Diego State University Museum in Los Angeles and runs through November 24. A beautifully preserved grizzly from Great Bear National Park is prominently displayed in an entrance to the "Bear's mind" exhibition.

Upstairs, shaped over time, you will learn about the geology of San Bernardino County, "The Mountains, Faults, Lakes and Caves." Don't miss the native plant garden in the Earth Sciences Hall and the adjacent garden in the Mojave Desert.

You can see the first automobile to be put into service in San Bernardino, a hand-drawn vehicle, the fire hose truck of 1890, which participated in the Rose Parade eight times. See the covered wagons that crossed the Mojave Desert from Salt Lake City, horse buggies and historic cars that show discoveries and developments in the interior and Southern California. The Natural History Museum also unearthed dinosaurs, "inland dinosaurs" and the "Mojave Dunes," a collection of fossils and animal fossils from around the world, as well as fossils from the Great Barrier Reef and other locations in South America. See the covered wagon that crisscrosses the deserts from Utah to Utah, horse-drawn buses and buoys, historic cars and trucks, and a historic automobile that shows discoveries and developments both inland and in southern Los Angeles County.

Hand in Hand exhibits include a collection of hand-me-downs from the San Bernardino County Historical Society, and there are a variety of hands-on exhibits for children and adults, as well as an interactive exhibit on the city's history.

Part of the museum experience is the San Bernardino County Historical Society's collection of historical artifacts from around the world. It includes more than 1,000 objects from over 100 different countries and cultures and includes artifacts such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, furniture, books and much more.

The museum is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 am to 5 pm. General admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 5 to 12 years old and $1 for seniors (65 +) and children under 5 years old. Tickets for the train journey are $5 to $10 for adults or $4 for children under 5.

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