San Bernardino County Museum


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The San Bernardino County Museum, in Redlands, California, is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, the Exploration Station live animal discovery center, extensive research collections, and public programs for adults, families, students, and children are all part of the museum experience.

The San Bernardino County Museum was founded in 1952 by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. It opened to the public in 1957, and was donated to the County of San Bernardino in 1961. The facility moved from Bloomington, California to its present home in Redlands in 1974.

The museum contains three floors of exhibits, the Exploration Station, a Education Center, native plant and cactus gardens, citrus groves, curatorial offices, and research and reference collections.


  • Hall of History: See a Mexican carreta, a covered wagon that crossed the Mojave Desert from Salt Lake City, a Wells Fargo stage coach, and horse-drawn buggies.
  • Gerald A. Smith Hall of Anthropology: Exhibits feature artifacts from the mountains, valleys, deserts, and rivers of San Bernardino County. Learn about the Mojave, Vanyume, Serrano, and Gabrielino tribes.
  • Land Bird Hall: collection of mounted birds from inland Southern California.
  • Water Bird Hall: Fresh water and salt water habitat displays from the shores of California north to Alaska hold mounted specimens of water birds.
  • John Belcher North American Mammal Hall: feature mammals of every persuasion: from a spectacular polar bear to a ubiquitous 'possum family.

The Exploration Station
The Exploration Station is the museum's popular live animal and nature gallery. Here you can come face-to-face with an exotic animal, or perhaps one that lives in your own back yard. Our goal is to promote awareness of the other inhabitants of our world by revealing where and how they live. Some very strange and interesting creatures await your visit. Touchable natural history specimens, books, art objects, and exhibits complement your experience in this wonderful world of animals.

Minimum Time Needed

Half Day


Open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Mondays include: Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
Closed most Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1

Admission Fee

Adult: $8
Senior (60 or over) & Military: $6
Student (with I.D.): $5
Child 5 through 12 - $4
Child under 5: free
Museum members: free


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