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The San Bernardino County Museum, located in Redlands, is a dynamic and educational destination that offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural history of the region. Here’s a brief educational overview tailored for students and families visiting:


Historical Overview

  • Foundation: Established in 1952, the San Bernardino County Museum was created to preserve and showcase the rich history and diverse natural environment of San Bernardino County. The museum has since grown into a key cultural institution in Southern California.


Key Exhibits and Collections

  • Hall of Earth Sciences: This exhibit focuses on geology, paleontology, and the natural history of the region. It includes an impressive collection of fossils, rocks, and minerals, helping visitors understand the geological forces that have shaped the area.
  • Hall of History: This area showcases the cultural and social history of San Bernardino County. Exhibits include artifacts from Native American tribes, early settlers, and the development of the region through different historical periods.
  • Ethnobotany Garden: An outdoor exhibit that highlights the relationship between native plants and indigenous cultures. Visitors can learn about traditional uses of plants for food, medicine, and tools.
  • Birds of the World: This exhibit features a diverse collection of bird specimens from around the globe, providing insights into avian biology, ecology, and the diversity of bird species.


Interactive Learning

  • Discovery Hall: Designed for children, this interactive area includes hands-on exhibits that encourage exploration and learning through play. Activities focus on natural science, history, and environmental education.
  • Live Animal Discovery Center: This center houses live reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, allowing visitors to learn about local wildlife and their habitats. Interactive displays and educational talks enhance the experience.


Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the museum’s website for current exhibits, special events, and educational programs to make the most of your visit.
  • Engage with Docents: Take advantage of docent-led tours and educational talks to gain deeper insights into the exhibits and their significance.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage children to participate in hands-on activities and interactive exhibits to make learning fun and memorable.
  • Explore the Grounds: The museum’s outdoor spaces, including the ethnobotany garden and live animal habitats, provide additional opportunities for exploration and engagement with nature.


By visiting the San Bernardino County Museum, students and families can delve into the natural and cultural history of the region, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse heritage and environment of San Bernardino County.


Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational field trip activities, trip organization and student ticket.


San Bernardino County Museum

PriceFrom $19.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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