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San Bernardino County Museum Front EntranceThe San Bernardino County Museum, in Redlands, California, is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, the Exploration Station live animal discovery center, extensive research collections, and public programs for adults, families, students, and children are all part of the museum experience. 

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Through the lens of the regionís dynamic cultural and natural history, the San Bernardino County Museum develops visitorsí appreciation of our diverse regional identity to spark their curiosity, to stimulate inquiry, to challenge their assumptions, and to invite them to contribute to our common future.

Core Values

  • Public Service: We exist to better the lives of the citizens in our region.

  • Diversity: We promote and celebrate the rich complexity of our regionís past, present, and future and provide a welcoming, safe, and intellectually honest space for all people.

  • Engagement: We provide our community the opportunity for active participation and reflection in our programs and exhibits.

  • Integrity: We abide by professional ethics, honesty, and transparency.

  • Competence: We take seriously our role as stewards of our regionís legacy and are methodical in our collections practices, educational programming, and professional development.

  • Responsibility: Our practices promote fiscal and environmental sustainability.

  • Collaboration: We believe our community needs can be most successfully met through partnership with individuals and organizations committed to our mission.

Our mission and core values form the foundation for our Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2022.

San Bernardino County Museum — Overview

The San Bernardino County Museum was founded in 1952 by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. It opened to the public in 1957, and was donated to the County of San Bernardino in 1961. The facility moved from Bloomington, California to its present location in Redlands in 1974.

The Museum currently exists as a department of the County, under the Community Services Group. Additional branch sites include the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley, the Asistencia in Redlands, the Yucaipa Adobe, the Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery in Colton, the Yorba-Slaughter Adobe in Chino, and the John Rains House in Rancho Cucamonga.

The main museum in Redlands contains exhibits exploring cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, the Exploration Station live animal station, the Learning Depot, native plant and cactus gardens, citrus groves, curatorial offices, and research and reference collections all comprise the museum offerings for adults, families, students, and children.

The San Bernardino County Museum Association is the Museum's support group, engaged in fundraising and membership activities.


Programs & Events
Family Programs
Scout Programs
School Programs
Museum Youth Club
Branch Museum Sites
Museum Store
Rentals & Weddings
Media Page
Community Partnerships

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San Bernardino County Museum - (909) 307-2669 - 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, California 92374 TDD/TYY: (909) 792-1462

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