Hall of History
Walk a path through Sacred Earth to see baskets, pottery, tools.
Share vibrant cultures of our distant past, our present, and our future.
All roads lead through San Bernardino. See a Mexican carreta,
a covered wagon that crossed the Mojave Desert from Salt Lake City, horse-drawn buggies, and
historic automobiles that featured in the discovery and development of Inland Southern California.
Hall of Earth Sciences
A life-size mastodon and her calf will introduce you to an amazing array of
fossils that represent millions of years of life in our area. Learn about plate
tectonics and understand why The Big One is such a timely topic in southern California.
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 Welcome
Desk, restrooms and drinking fountain.
Hall of Biodiversity
Sample the amazing diversity of life in our region: birds, mammals,
reptiles, and amphibians. See an outstanding collection of mounted birds from inland
Southern California, both residents and migrants. Meet some of the mammals that live in
our mountains, valleys, and deserts, and learn how climate and geography combine to create
habitats that support a diverse fauna and flora.
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.
Hall of Earth Sciences
The upper level of the Hall of Earth Sciences lets you walk through the geology
of the Mojave Desert: caves, lakes, playas, mountains, and alluvial fans.
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.
Outside the Museum
The Museum is surrounded by citrus
groves, and orange blossoms perfume the air. 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. Find-a-Fossil and step into the only dinosaur footprints
ever found in southern California. Do some birdwatching and check your finds at our kiosk.
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 Earth Sciences. Tables and lawn areas are available for picnics.