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