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Exhibits at the San Bernardino County Museum

Special Exhibits

Portraits and Views:
The Redlands Photographic Studio 18971924

Fossils Underfoot in the Hall of Geological Wonders

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Crossroads in History

Permanent Exhibits

Crossroads in 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 for details).

Gerald A. Smith Hall of Anthropology

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.

Fisk Gallery

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

Bird Hall exhibit

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.

Schuiling Gallery

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.


Mammal Hall Lower Level

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

Cactus Garden

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.

 

 

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