24997 Mission Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: (510) 538-4466
Fax: (510) 581-8029
Arts & Museums
The Hayward Area Historical Society seeks to integrate art and culture with everyday life, by having regular artistic exhibitions, school tours and activities for visitors and promote awareness of the history of Oakland. The museum has some stunning artifacts on permanent display, so does the library with its vast collection of books. Kids can release their pent up energy by playing at the clubhouse. The museum and the research center have different timings so check the website for details. Admission is free.
The distinguished Meek Mansion is a prominent historical mansion that is a part of the Meek Estate. This historical house faced the threat of demolition but was saved by the locals and now stands erect as a symbol of the bygone era. The Meek Mansion was incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Back when Hollywood was mostly a desert, there was a thriving film industry in Northern California. Fremont's Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum chronicles these vibrant art form via posters, books, photographs and screenings in their theater. Visit the website to find out more on upcoming events.
This is a unique aviation museum set in a vintage hangar at the Oakland International Airport's historic North Field. Aviation lovers of all ages travel to the museum to see its collection of restored vintage aircrafts. Other celebrated exhibits include the "Flying Boat," a 1946 upgraded version of the famous World War II British Sunderland, and a Lockheed 10-A Electra, sister ship of Amelia Earhart's plane. You will also find other displays including a history of women in flight.
The Waterhouse Residence Museum is also famously referred as the William H. Waterhouse House. It stands eloquently in the Maitland region of the U.S. State of Florida. It carries immense historical significance and is also registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is home to the monumental Waterhouse Residence Museum and the museum is a crowd puller throughout the year.
Niles Canyon Railway is an exciting living railroad museum. Tours here are offered in a spectacular way on steam and diesel locomotives. The trains are decorated with lights on the outside and the decor from within boasts a holiday theme that creates a great atmosphere among visitors. Check out the amazing displays which includes passenger cars, motor cars, steam and diesel engines. The interpretive exhibits will give an interesting insight into the railroad history of Niles Canyon.
The Danville Southern Pacific Railroad Depot dates back to 1891. Till 1951, the building served as a railroad depot and was later sold off, currently it is home to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. The historical depot is incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places.
This science center features a variety of educational attractions including one of the largest telescopes (36-inch reflector) open to the public in the United States. You can also look through its historic eight- and 20-inch telescopes and enjoy a sophisticated 250-seat planetarium, a 210-seat domed-screen theater, and a 150-seat amphitheater. The observatory also offers interactive science exhibits including a Challenger Learning Center with space flight simulation.
Established in 1988, this museum in California is known for its rare collection of classic and unique automobiles. This massive glass and granite structure houses more than 120 classic cars dating back from the 1890s. It showcases one of the earliest works of automobile art on its granite and mirror rooms. Whether it is grand antique cars or high speed racers, a Franklin, Ferrari, Mercer or Mercedes, you would find a varied collection here. The museum also has conference rooms that can be hired for meetings and gatherings. Check their website for timings and other information.
Classrooms, camp groups, and children's clubs from around the Bay Area take trips here to learn all the roles of the marine and estuarine ecosystems and the importance of their preservation. It is located in a lush green park on the beach in the Island City of Alameda. In addition to museum-like marine wildlife displays, some interactive, the center offers the Old Wharf Classroom, where guests enjoy presentations on topics such as shoreline wildlife and the food chains of the San Francisco Bay.
Pinballs, although look like cheery little things, have a troubled past. From their rise to fame during the depression to their ban in 1940s, they've seen a few ups and downs. The Pacific Pinball Museum, established in 2004 by Michael Schiess, commemorates their story. Featuring some 400 pinball machines, some of them dating back to 1879, this museum traces their history quite interestingly. If you are the regular pinball enthusiast, this place should fill you with wonder.
Located at the San Carlos airport, the Hiller Aviation Museum offers a unique insight into the history of aviation. Perfect for school field trips, family outings or aviation enthusiasts, the museum offers over 50 aircraft exhibits including displays of an 1883 glider, a 1986 Boeing Condor, an interactive cockpit of a Boeing 747 and much more. The museum is open seven days a week and group tours can be booked in advance.