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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Asistencia Mission De San Gabriel
Asistencia Mission De San Gabriel

(909) 793-5402

26930 Barton Rd
Redlands, CA 92373   Directions Website

Get a taste of what life was like for the Franciscan Fathers back in 1819 when you visit the Asistencia Mission De San Gabriel. The site is commonly referred to as “Estancia,” as this Spanish mission was a beacon of hope and help to people of the area who were in need of food, water and spiritual comfort. This historic structure is now owned by the San Bernardino County Museum System and its continuous efforts allow visitors to take a fascinating look at what religious life was like alongside the San Bernardino Mountains in the 19th century. The mission has aged well, as many couples choose to get married in the meticulously maintained church that is complemented by its impressively landscaped grounds.

Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
Kimberly Crest House and Gardens

(909) 792-2111

1325 Prospect Dr
Redlands, CA 92373   Directions Website

Fans of history know that it is somewhat of a rare occurrence to get a glimpse of what life was like centuries ago. Luckily, places like the Kimberly Crest House and Gardens make it possible to revisit history. This amazing structure was built in 1897 and was considered the “castle” because of its distinctive design. It stands as a fine example of lavish Victorian architecture. The home's namesake, Kimberly Crest, donated the property to the city of Redlands and it has been a vital historical link to the area's past ever since. The house is available for tours, but it is suggested that you call ahead to schedule a specific time.

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace
Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace

(714) 364-1182

18001 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda, CA 92686   Directions Website

Despite the demise of his political career in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon had a surprisingly accomplished political career up to that point. To learn about that and also various aspects of his personal life, visit the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. Various personal items stand alongside career-oriented exhibits in this charming but unassuming home. In his later years, he contributed much to the political scene based on his experiences, and the library on the premises does an admirable job of presenting various aspects of Nixon's life before, during and after his Presidency.

Riverside Art Museum
Riverside Art Museum

(909) 684-7111

3425 Mission Ave
Riverside, CA 92501   Directions Website

The Riverside Art Museum is a fertile ground for creativity. In addition to presenting an impressive series of noteworthy exhibits, the museum takes great pride in both art appreciation and its creation. Various classes and events are regularly on the museum's busy schedule, as are events like art walks, openings and specially themed collections that keep art fans coming back for more.

Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art
Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art

(909) 537-7373

550 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407   Directions Website

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is located on the campus of California State University San Bernardino. The museum is an impressive facility that's home to a collection of close to 1,200 objects that include ceramics and ancient and contemporary art, as well as a large collection of Egyptian artifacts that features 500 pieces spanning over 4,000 years of history. These are just some of the museum's many highlights, which complements its many exhibits with lectures, special presentations and various seasonal events.

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