TOP MUSEUMS IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Although Contra Costa County offers dozens of museums to choose from, many people agree that some museums really go that extra mile. Here are some of our county’s top museums, in the opinion of locals and travelers alike.
Danville’s Museum of the San Ramon Valley is dedicated to exploring and preserving the region’s rich history and heritage. Enjoy eye-opening permanent exhibits and ongoing rotating exhibits featuring Indian life, war time activities, historical farming communities and more.
Vehicle enthusiasts MUST visit the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, also in Danville. Peruse many makes and models from all over the world. See an ever changing array of fascinating vintage and futuristic treasures of the road.
The idyllic Shadelands Ranch Historical Society in Walnut Creek houses a small museum and occupies a magnificently landscaped property. Fun annual events include the Barn & Attic Sale, Victorian tea parties, and a Halloween pumpkin patch with a petting zoo, free popcorn, and free movies on Friday nights.
The Lindsay Wildlife Museum, also in Walnut Creek, is a local favorite attraction that draws visitors from all over the world. Many dozen helpless or abandoned wild animals enjoy the best of care. Injured birds, bobcats, foxes, and other assorted creatures are nursed gently back to health at their onsite wild animal hospital. Staring owls and and majestic bald eagles sit perched upon high beams set just beyond arm’s reach of the tallest human visitor. The museum also features a petting zoo, children’s play structures, and a gift shop.