9 Must-see Santa Clara Museums the Whole Family Will Love

May 16, 2017

It's often hard to find a place to take the whole family that is entertaining yet educational. At a museum you get the best of both worlds. 

Next time you are contemplating where to go consider a museum off this list. Not only are most of these museums free but they are also within minutes of your Santa Clara luxury apartment. 

Triton Museum of Art

There is so much to love about the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. First thing to love is that the museum is only 3 miles away from your Santa Clara luxury apartment. The second, which is actually just as good as the first, admission and parking are Free! With your visit being absolutely Free you can bring the whole family, even your second cousins who are visiting from out of town.

What is cool about the Triton Museum of Art is that it features art pieces from local artists as well as national artists that fall into the category of contemporary and historical work. In addition to viewing art created by others, you and the whole family can take classes Free classes and create art of your own. These classes are part of Family Art Days which are free to the community. They also offer classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults for a reasonable price.

All-in-all the Triton Museum of Art is a cool place to check out with your family.

South Bay Historical Railroad Society

Located 1005 railroad Ave, Santa Clara CA. Open Tuesday from 5-8 pm and Saturday10 am-3 pm. It was founded by Ed Peterman in 1985. Entry is free which gives access to 3 major areas of the museum. This is all set in the Santa Clara Depot which happens to be the oldest train station on the west coast. It was built in the year 1863. Here, you are able to see a large collection of railroad artifacts. These artifacts date back to before 1870 so you really know they are artifacts. There is also a library open to members with books and videos related to all things railroad. In addition to the artifacts, you can also admire the two large model railroad layouts on display!

Something quite interesting about the South Bay Historical Railroad Society is that in front of the depot, there's a track that was formerly known as "Southern Pacific." Currently, Freight trains and Passenger trains pass through. So not only is it a museum but also still a semi-working depot!

De Saisset Museum

A free museum that is 10 minutes away and less than 3 miles away from your Santa Clara luxury apartment is no doubt a museum on the must-visit list. The De Saisset Museum is located on the campus of Santa Clara University and even though it’s a bit small, there is plenty to see. The exhibitions rotate the art giving you something new to admire every few months. You will also learn about the Mission Santa Clara de Asis that lies adjacent to the museum.

Unlike the other museums De Saisset Museum is one of the few museums in Silicon Valley to hold an accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. You can certainly bring the whole family to De Saisset Museum but it will be the older children who will appreciate this fine museum.

The 49ers Museum

 For those who are huge football fans and want to pass it down to their children, The 49ers Museum is THE museum that you want to take your family to. Not far from your Santa Clara apartment the 49ers Museum, open Friday through Sunday, is located at the famous Levi's Stadium. Unfortunately, admission is not free but it is discounted for the residents of Santa Clara. Children under the age of 4 are allowed in free so don’t let the price stop you.

The 49ers Museum is presented by Sony and features 11 gallery and exhibit spaces that both new and old fans will enjoy. If you are a fan of the 49ers, you certainly won’t be disappointed seeing that the museum is in a 20,000 Sq ft facility.

The 49ers Museum represents the past, present, and future; a concept that brings people of all ages in. Whether you’re a 49ers fan or just a football fan stop by Levi’s Stadium and check out the 49ers Museum.

Digital Game Museum

There once was a time when iPads and Xbox’s didn’t exist. Many kids don’t know what arcades and a plethora of other gaming systems was like. Fortunately, Digital Game Museum has everything from when times were much simpler. This is a perfect spot to show your kids how you played games and that you could not take everything on-the-go with you. Open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm you are sure to have time to bring the whole family.

This free museum will surely spark interest in kids and even bring back memories of your own childhood. Located just 2 miles away from your Santa Clara apartment the Digital Game Museum is a great way to spend some time out with the family even if it is just for a little bit.

Intel Museum

For those families who are very much into technology the Intel Museum will be a blast. Eleven minutes away from your apartment in Santa Clara the Intel Museum presents the world of high-tech. In this 10,000 Sq ft museum you’ll get a peek at what happens behind the scenes in the tech world as well as Intel. If you ever wondered what happens in a highly automated chip factory this is the place to be! Now if you think your kids will lose interest, don’t worry because Intel has made sure to make their museum as fun as possible by having interactive learning.

If you decide to stop by they are open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The Intel Museum also has a museum store so you can take a keepsake with you!

Harris-Lass House Museum

Ever wanted to take the family to visit the last farm site in your city of Santa Clara? Well now is your opportunity to go visit the Harris-Lass House Museum that is located a mere 3 miles from your Santa Clara luxury apartments. Operated by the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara and owned by the City of Santa Clara, the Harris-Lass House Museum is the site of the last farm which is made up of the house itself, tank house, summer kitchen, and the landscaped gardens and Heritage Orchid. 

This museum is somewhat exclusive only being open for docent led tours Starting Saturday May 20. The full list of dates can be seen on their website here. Admission here is very affordable with adults paying $3.00, seniors $2.00, and children $1.00. With these prices bringing the whole family will be no problem at all.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Housing the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in western North America, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum should be on the top of your list of museums to take the whole family to. Here there is plenty to do with new exhibits and tours. Currently, they have a special event known as the Rosicrucian Alchemy Museum. Targeted mostly towards kids the Rosicrucian Alchemy Museum will be the first of its kind in the United States. This museum will consist of an Alchemy Lab and educational classes on plant and mineral alchemy.

In addition to being a museum, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is also a planetarium! Although it is not recommended for any children under the age of 6, the planetarium is sure to be an experience your children won’t forget. The planetarium features three different shows throughout the week. You can catch the Journey to the Stars show every day at 2:00pm. On Saturdays Cosmic Collisions narrated by Robert Redford plays at 3:30pm. And finally, Sundays at 3:30pm a 3D Sun show narrated by none other than Al Roker plays.

The museum is open Wednesday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. General admission is $9.00 with seniors and students fee being $7.00 and children’s $5.00 unless they are under the age of 5 in which they can enter for free.

Children’s Discovery Museum

A little farther than the others from your Santa Clara luxury apartment, the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is the perfect spot to bring your younger children—hence the name. There are plenty of exhibits that will keep you and your children entertained:

  • Art Gallery
  • Bubbles
  • Kids Garden
  • Kids In Motion
  • Mammoth Discovery
  • Secrets of Circles
  • Waterways

These are just a few of the many exhibits your children will love. If you are a member admission is free, which a membership costs $135 for your whole family. For those non-members admission goes as follows: Adults and Children $13.00 each, Seniors $12.00, and Infants are free.

This is one of the more expensive museums on the list but it is worth it if you have young children seeing that this will be hours of fun.

There is plenty of things to do and see on this list and luckily most of them are free. So next time you have an open afternoon, bring the whole family to one of these educational and entertaining museums in Santa Clara.