Spacecrafts on display at NASA Ames Mountain View

19 Quirky Museums of San Francisco Bay Area (Part – 2)

Regions covered –

Part-1 : Wine County, San Francisco City

Part-2 : Silicon Valley (South Bay)

Part-3: San Jose, Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Monterey

Silicon Valley Region


12) NASA Ames Visitor Center

Spacecrafts on display at NASA Ames Mountain View
Spacecrafts on display at NASA Ames Mountain View

This NASA museum contains parts of space ships with explanations about the astronaut lifestyle and a rock from outer space on display.

Size – Small
Location – Moffett Blvd, Mountain View
Website – https://www.nasa.gov/ames/visit

11) Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Cantor Arts contains among other artists, several works of Rodin and has a beautiful sculpture garden.

Size – Medium
Location – 328 Lomita Dr, Stanford
Website – https://museum.stanford.edu

10) Hoover Tower

Spanish Colonial Style Stanford Campus from the Hoover Tower
Spanish Colonial Style Stanford Campus view from the Hoover Tower

This is tower is a dedication to Hoover, the first US president from Stanford and quite controversial in later years. There are smaller artifacts about both Hoover and Stanford founders. This tower is used in a lot of movies and TV series to show a generic college campus.

Size – Tiny
Location – 550 Serra Mall, Stanford
Website – https://visit.stanford.edu/plan/guides/hoover.html

9) Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

New Guinea Sculptures at Stanford
New Guinea Sculptures at Stanford

A small garden with statues inspired by Papua New Guinea style.

Size – Tiny
Location – 476 Lomita Dr, Stanford
Website – http://web.stanford.edu/~siegelr/stanford/pngsculpture.html

8) Computer History Museum

No visit to the Silicon Valley is complete without the Computer History Museum. It’s very informative regarding the history of semiconductor industry in the Bay Area followed by later advances in software, programming and the internet.

Size – Medium
Location – 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
Website – https://www.computerhistory.org


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