The South Bay is stocked with high-quality (and quirky) museums. Whatever it is your kiddos loves—football, fashion, computers or mummies—there is a museum here that will fit the bill.

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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
A fun museum with tombs, mummies, and a planetarium, the inside is divided into “the after life” and “ the daily life”. Surrounded by beautiful grounds to run through and dotted with fountains to splash in, the museum also offers mini-tours, which are only 10 minutes—perfect for short attention spans.

1660 Park Ave.
San Jose, Ca
408-947-3635
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.& Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults/$9, Seniors and students/$7, Children, 5-10/$5, Children under 5/free
Online: rosicrucianegyptianmuseum.org

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Children’s Discovery Museum
Perfect for younger children, this stimulating environment has a water play area, an art room, and a sensory play area for children age 4 and under. After the kids exhaust themselves playing on the fire truck, ambulance and music stairs, enjoy a nice lunch at the museum café, which has plenty to please palates both big and small.

180 Woz Way
San Jose, Ca
408-298-5437
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults/$12, Children 1-17 years/$12, Senior/$11, Infant under 1 year/Free.
Online: cdmn.org

The Lace Museum
This is a lovely little museum for the little fashionista in your life. Docents explain the history of lace, including the process of lace-making, and the many different types and styles. You’ll never look at a piece of lace the same way again.

552 S Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, Ca
408-730-4695
Open: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Online: thelacemuseum.org

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Photo via John C. on Yelp

49ers Museum
Calling all football families! Whether or not you’re a 49ers fan, this museum has something for everyone. Located in Levi’s Sadium, interactive exhibits and games, films, and statues celebrate the eternal joy and pride of the sport.

4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, Ca
800-745-3000
Hours: Every day 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults/$17.25, Children 5-12 & Seniors 65+/$12.25
Online: levisstadium.com

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
This fascinating and insightful museum is home to an extraordinary collection of permanent and rotating exhibits exploring Japanese American history. Good to know: the museum offers complimentary admission to military personnel and their families.

535 North 5th St.
San Jose, Ca
408-294-3138
Hours: Thurs.-Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults/$5, Seniors 65+/$3, Students/$3, Children under 12/Free
Online: jamsj.org

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Digital Game Museum
A great place to take anyone who loves to play video games, you’ll enjoy reminiscing about the history of gaming while surrounded by a friendly and dedicated staff archiving items for the museum. And if you’ve been trying to figure out what to do with your old games or gaming software, consider donating them to the museum; you’ll also get a nice tax write-off.

3553 Ryder St.
Santa Clara, Ca
408-610-1444
Hours: Saturdays only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Online: digitalgamemuseum.org

Fujitsu Planetarium
If you’d like to be called the “cool parent”, bring the kids to this digital planetarium. Astronomy shows and lazer light shows are undeniably spectacular, and if you really want to blow your kid’s mind make sure to remember that you’re allowed to rent out the entire planetarium for birthday parties. De Anza College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, Ca
408-864-8814
Hours: See website for show times
Admission: Astronomy Shows & Laser Shows/$7, Children 3 and under are free but must be seated on parent’s lap.
Online: planetarium.deanza.edu

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Intel Museum
Recommended for older children, this museum takes you on a fun journey to learn about the history of the PC. An enormous Intel sign provides a legendary backdrop for photo opps. Good to know: Call in advance to make sure they’re open as they’re sometimes closed for special events.

2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, Ca
408-765-5050
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Online: intel.com/museum

Do you have a favorite South Bay Museum? Let us know in the comments! 

—Melody Sorensen