Hall of History
All 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
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
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.
Administration offices and the
Museum Store are also located on the main level of the museum, as are the ticketing
area and information desk, restrooms and drinking fountain.
Upper Level: Life in the Air
Land Bird Hall
An 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 exhibit.
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.
John 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.
Outside the Museum
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.