Highest-rated museums in California

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March 20, 2022
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Highest-rated museums in California

Museums are one of the most important institutions in any country. They don’t just show us our past, they contextualize it—allowing visitors to better understand cultures and ourselves. Good museum displays lead to reflection, generate ideas, and create a sense of appreciation for who has come before. In many towns and cities, museums are jewels of the public, and often rank highly for tourist visits. Stacker compiled a list of the museums in California on Tripadvisor.

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#30. Charles M. Schulz Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,128 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403-2668
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#29. The Tech Interactive

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (964 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums, Science Museums
- Address: 201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2008
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#28. Lyon Air Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (185 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 19300 Ike Jones Rd 19300 Ike Jones Road, 92707, Santa Ana, California, Santa Ana, CA 92707-5229
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#27. Museum of Making Music

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (360 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
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#26. Folsom Prison Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (208 reviews)
- Type of activity: History Museums
- Address: Between Folsom and Folsom Dam at Folsom Prison, Folsom, CA 95671-3001
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#25. Mission San Juan Capistrano

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,595 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2601
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#24. Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (553 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 2800 Buck Owens Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93308-6314
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#23. Bowers Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (396 reviews)
- Type of activity: Art Museums, Children's Museums
- Address: 2002 N. Main St. at 20th St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
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#22. Children's Discovery Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (454 reviews)
- Type of activity: Science Museums, Children's Museums
- Address: 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110-2780
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#21. Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (392 reviews)
- Type of activity: Wineries & Vineyards, Art Museums
- Address: 5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446-9413
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#20. Craftsmanship Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (197 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
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#19. Mission Inn Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (331 reviews)
- Type of activity: Architectural Buildings, History Museums
- Address: 3696 Main St Main Street Pedestrian Mall & Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501-2839
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#18. Corona Heritage Park and Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (24 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 510 W Foothill Pkwy, Corona, CA 92882-6305
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#17. Intel Corp and Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (259 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 2200 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054-1537
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#16. Computer History Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (769 reviews)
- Type of activity: History Museums
- Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043-1311
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#15. Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (601 reviews)
- Type of activity: State Parks, History Museums
- Address: 12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
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#14. March Field Air Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (384 reviews)
- Type of activity: Military Museums
- Address: 22550 Van Buren Blvd March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, CA 92518-2400
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#13. Oakland Museum of California

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (748 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820
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#12. Original McDonald's Site and Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (292 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405-4529
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#11. Petersen Automotive Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,361 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
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#10. Tallac Historic Site

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (578 reviews)
- Type of activity: Historic Sites, History Museums
- Address: 1 Heritage Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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#9. Mission San Luis Rey

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (621 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
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#8. Norton Simon Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (1,245 reviews)
- Type of activity: Art Museums
- Address: 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
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#7. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (916 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums, History Museums
- Address: 1660 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126-2126
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#6. Griffith Observatory

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (20,298 reviews)
- Type of activity: Observatories & Planetariums
- Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
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#5. The Getty Villa

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,499 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy Pacific Palisades, Malibu, CA 90265-5708
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#4. California State Railroad Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (2,768 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
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#3. Hess Persson Estates

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,006 reviews)
- Type of activity: Wineries & Vineyards, Art Museums
- Address: 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558-9708
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#2. USS Midway Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (24,984 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-5811
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#1. The Getty Center

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (14,529 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1657
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