Museums in Southern California featuring kid-friendly exhibits and programs. Most museums offer group tours for schools and scouts. Visit the Calendar for museum special events. Also see: Attractions, and Trains for additional museums. For additional resources, see our current issue.

30+ More Museums

Museums that offer family-friendly exhibits and events.

Bowers Kidseum

Kidseum is an interactive, educational, children’s extension of the Bowers Museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Take in 71,000 square feet of interactive fun. Whether you want to take a simulated helicopter tour or experience their own Santa Ana winds, there’s something for everyone to explore.

Discovery Cube Orange County

Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more.

Flight Museums

A comprehensive list of flight museums in the area. Some offer flight simulations.

Hammer Museum

Hammer kids programs offer hand-on art workshops and films for the whole family.

Historical Sites

Southern California historical locations offer museums, tours, crafts and family-friendly events.

Presidential Libraries

Explore The Nixon Library, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library and Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

An interconnected city designed for children (infant-8).