19 Quirky Museums of San Fransisco Bay Area (Part – 3)

Regions covered – San Jose, Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Monterey

19 Quirky Museums of San Fransisco Bay Area (Part – 1)

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

San Jose & Gilroy Regions

7) Winchester Mystery House

When the creator of Winchester Rifles had an unexpected death, his widow Sarah Winchester was asked by a spiritual medium to build a giant mansion as a place for the Winchester Rifles’ victims to rest.

This giant Scooby-Doo mansion has been the inspiration for the film Winchester starring Helen Mirren, has been on an episode of MythBusters and was the inspiration for Sam and Dean Winchester in Supernatural TV series.

Size: Large

Location: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose

Website: https://winchestermysteryhouse.com

6) San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Mexican Calavera style Skeleton Art
Mexican Calavera style Skeleton Art

This place features different weaving and printing techniques from different cultures across all the continents with large-sized viewing samples on the wall.

Size: Small

Location: 520 S 1st St, San Jose

Website: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org

5) Wings of History Aircraft Museum

This museum south of Gilroy and  by San Martin Airport contains different hangars, each displaying various historic airplanes going all the way back to wright brothers.

Size: Small

Location: 12777 Murphy Ave, San Martin

Website: https://www.wingsofhistory.org

Santa Cruz & Monterey Regions

4) The Mystery Spot

This is a shack up in the woods near Santa Cruz which is …. tilted. And the trees around it are also tilted at an angle. This quirk is played up to advertise the place as a gravity-sinkhole. Great place for kids to roam around a severely inclining house. And if you are not buying into the gravity-defying explanation, nevertheless it’s a quiet romantic place in the woods with a beautiful redwood cover.

Size: Small

Location: 465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz

Website: https://www.mysteryspot.com

3) Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

A tiny museum commemorating the history of surfing at the Mark Abbott Memorial lighthouse. The spot has a great scenic view of the ocean too.

Size: Tiny

Location: 701 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz

Website: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/parks-recreation/facilities/surfing-museum

2) Jameson Motorcycle Museum

Right on downtown Monterey, this museum contains a lot of vintage motorbikes and scooters, with their history.

Size: Tiny

Location: 305 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove

Website: https://www.californiabeaches.com/attraction/jameson-classic-motorcycle-museum/

1) Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the best aquariums in the area, this place is a must-visit.

Wall of Luminescent Jellyfish at Monterey
Wall of Luminescent Jellyfish at Monterey


The first biggest attraction here is the several story-high kelp-forest. Make sure you time it when the forest is “fed”. A man in a diving suit goes down and feeds every variety of fish including sharks.

The second aspect of this place are the surreal and dreamy jellyfish. An entire section is devoted to dozens of types of illuminated jellyfish swirling all over the walls creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

The last part of this experience are penguins. They have cute little penguins which can be seen up close.

Size: Large

Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey

Website: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org



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