Crossroads in History
roads lead through San Bernardino. See a Mexican carreta,
a covered wagon that crossed the Mojave Desert from Salt
Lake City, a Wells Fargo stage coach, and horse-drawn buggies
that featured in the discovery and development of Inland
Southern California. The History Hall also contains special
galleries that house changing exhibits (see our events
calendar for details).
Gerald A. Smith Hall of Anthropology
Exhibits feature artifacts from the
mountains, valleys, deserts, and rivers of San Bernardino
County. Learn about the Mojave, Vanyume, Serrano, and Gabrielino
tribes. Dioramas explore Pleistocene
habitats in the Mojave Desert.
Changing exhibits line the walls
inside our geodesic dome, which is also used for lectures,
meetings, and special activities. Please go to our
events calendar for details.
and the Museum Store are
also located on the main level of the museum, as are the
ticketing area and information desk, restrooms and
Upper Level: Life in the Air
Land Bird Hall
outstanding collection of mounted birds from inland Southern
California, both residents and migrants. Specimens are arranged
by habitat, so this exhibit is a great resource for identifying
backyard visitors as well as the "little brown speckled
guy" you saw on a picnic in the mountains. Eggs and
nests are also exhibited. Hear bird songs through interactive
exhibit panels. Birds from Baja California, Mexico, are
also represented in this hall.
Water Bird Hall
Fresh water and salt water habitat
displays from the shores of California north to Alaska hold
mounted specimens of water birds. Eggs and nests are also
displayed, and bird songs may be heard through an interactive
Sometimes it's a special exhibit, sometimes it's a
program . . . but there's usually something going on in
the upper level of our geodesic dome. Just outside in the
hallway, don't miss our California Condor that died an accidental
death more than 60 years ago and stands as a reminder of
our vanishing wildlife.
Belcher North American Mammal Hall
Dioramas feature mammals of every
persuasion: from a spectacular polar bear to a ubiquitous
'possum family. Reptiles, amphibians, and insects are displayed
along the periphery of the hall, as are fossils as old as
16 million years and as young as the Ice Age.
Curatorial offices, collections
storage, and laboratory spaces in the lower level
are accessible by appointment only.
Mmmm. . . what's that smell? The
Museum is surrounded by citrus groves, and orange blossoms
perfume the air. Visit the Zimmerman Citrus Kiosk to explore
our citrus heritage. See a Southern Pacific locomotive and
a Santa Fe caboose. A series of outdoor exhibits present
the history of mining in the county, with authentic equipment
including mine cars, generators, and a head frame. Lumber
wagons, a water wheel that generated the first electricity
in the city,and more large-size surprises are displayed
on the Museum grounds. Don't miss the ethnobotany garden
outside the Exploration Station, the Sonoran Desert cactus
garden at the Museum entrance, with the Mojave Desert garden
alongside, and the native plants garden behind the Hall of Geological Wonders. Tables and lawn
areas are available for picnics.