Museums

There is a wide variety of museums in and around the San Jacinto Valley.

From Mastodons to Native American and Spanish heritage to railroads and more, there’s plenty to explore!

Diamond Valley Lake’s Visitor CenterDiamond Valley Lake Visitor's Center

2345 Searl Parkway

Hemet, CA  92543

(951) 765-9579

Website: http://www.dvlake.com/general_info05.html

Learn about water and the building of Diamond Valley Lake through hands-on exhibits, a map of California’s aqueduct systems, a small sample of ice age fossils, a solar panel exhibit and more.

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm.  No charge for admission.

 

Estudillo MansionHistoric Estudillo Mansion

150 South Dillon Ave.

San Jacinto, CA

(951) 927-7367

Website: http://www.ci.san-jacinto.ca.us/news/estudillo-mansion.html

The Estudillo Mansion was built in 1884 by Francisco Estudillo, Jr. The mansion and a twin mansion built by his brother Antonio Estudillo, near Soboba Hot Springs are all that remain of a 35,000 acre Mexican land grant given to their father, Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842.

Francisco Estudillo was San Jacinto’s first postmaster and was also appointed Mission Indian Agent for the Federal Government, responsible for 32 reservations in southern and central California. He was elected to the local school board and in 1890 was elected San Jacinto’s second mayor, serving until 1892. Many of the Estudillo family married into other early famous California people such as the Pico family. There are many descendants and two reunions have been held at the mansion.

Hours: Open to the public every Saturday, 11am – 4pm

 

Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education GardenWater Conservation Garden at the Estudillo Mansion

695 Ash Street
San Jacinto, CA 92583
(951) 694-4952

Website: http://www.ci.san-jacinto.ca.us/news/conservation-garden.html#garden/image1.jpg

The water-wise garden has been designed with water conservation in mind. The purpose of this garden is to educate our community about the beauty and water saving benefits of planting drought tolerant and native California plants. The garden was designed primarily with California native plants. However, there are also plants from around the world that thrive in our Southern California climate.

The plants used represent many countries, including Mexico, South America, the American Southwest, the Mediterranean, South Africa and Australia. Due to the historical nature of the park, we thought it important to identify the origins of the plants.

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm

 

Fingerprints Youth MuseumChildren's Museum - Fingerprints Youth Museum

123 S. Carmalita Street

Hemet, CA 92543

(951) 765-1223

Website: http://fingerprintsmuseum.com/default.aspx

Come visit our Museum, play with our exhibits and learn about your world! Each and every child that spends time with us leaves enriched and wanting to return. We offer cost effective entry prices, family memberships, Curiosity Clubs, school tours, and facilities for private parties. But most importantly, we offer a safe and secure environment with professional supervision where your child can be a child while they experience the lessons this world has to offer. Join us; begin the process that will make a difference in the life of your child.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm. Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Sponsors: United Way

 

Hemet MuseumHemet Train Depot and Museum

100 W. Florida Ave

Hemet, CA 92543

(951) 929-4409

Website: http://www.hemetheritage.org/museum.htm

The Hemet Museum, operated entirely by volunteers, presents a panorama of local history in the freight house of Hemet’s Historic Santa Fe Depot.

The freight house portion of the depot was built in 1898 and is one of the oldest structures in the downtown area. Lovingly restored by Save Our Station, the depot has been Hemet Museum’s home since 1998.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm.  The Museum is closed the month of August.

 

Ramona Bowl MuseumMuseum at the Ramona Bowl

27400 Ramona Bowl Road

Hemet CA 92544

(800) 645-4465

Website: http://www.ramonabowl.com/ramona.htm

Since 1923 “Ramona” has delighted audiences of all ages. Entering the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre for a performance of “Ramona” is like taking a journey back through time.

The natural landscape of the Ramona Bowl remains almost as it was during that first performance, April 13, 1923. The romance and the tragedy of Ramona & Alessandro transfixes the crowd as they watch it unfold, offering a glimpse, though fictional, of the history of southern California.

Hours: Please see website for hours

 

San Jacinto Valley MuseumSan Jacinto Museum

695 Ash Street

San Jacinto CA 92583

(951) 654-4952

Website: http://www.san-jacinto.ca.us/news/museum.html

The San Jacinto Museum is located on the grounds of the Estudillo Mansion. In addition to a beautiful garden, the museum contains a wealth of information and exhibits about the Valley’s past.

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm.

 

Victorian Bridal MuseumSan Jacinto Valley is home to the Victorian Bridal Museum

146 N. Harvard Street

Hemet, CA 92544

(951)487-6088

Website:  http://www.victorianbridalmuseum.com/

Unique, historical bridal museum recalls the romance of the Victorian era featuring a permanent collection of antique bridal gowns and accessories from the Victorian era.

 

Western Science CenterMuseum at the Western Science Center

2345 Searl Parkway

Hemet, CA 92543

(951) 791-0033

Website: http://www.westerncentermuseum.org

This is by far the most elaborate museum in the valley; it is located next door to Diamond Valley Lake and The Center for Water Education. This museum highlights the archaeological gems uncovered during the construction of Diamond Valley Lake. Visitors will find a hands-on discovery lab, theatre, mastodon and mammoth fossils, and various permanent and special displays. This is a must see and experience museum worthy of a drive from nearby counties

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Sponsors: City of Hemet, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

 

Historical San Jacinto Valley Maze StoneMaze Stone

California State Historic Landmark 557

From Hwy 74, go N 3.2 mi on California Ave to Maze Stone Park (site located approximately 0.3 mi past gate) Hemet CA

Website: http://donaldlaird.com/landmarks/counties/500-599/557.html#plaque

The Hemet Maze Stone is a prehistoric petroglyph. The “maze” consists of two rectangular boxes—one large and containing the other; centered. If one traces the patterns with different colored markers, one would find that between the boxes are two contiguous geometric patterns that resemble a maze. One “maze” is contained by the other on the left hand side.

 

Soviet Transpolar Record Flight SiteSoviet Transpolar Landing at San Jacinto Valley

California State Historic Landmark 52

Cottonwood Ave & Sanderson Ave; located next to the Cottonwood Fire Station in San Jacinto CA

Website: http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=50681

Inscription: Near this site on July 14, 1937, three Russian aviators completed a transpolar flight from Moscow in 62 hrs, 17 min establishing a new world’s nonstop distance record of 6,305 miles. The huge single-engine aircraft, an ANT-25 military reconnaissance monoplane, was shipped back to Russia and placed in a museum. Aircraft commander Mikhail Gromov, co-pilot Andre Ymashev, and navigator Sergei Danilin became generals in World War II.

 

Idyllwild Nature CenterSan Jacinto Mountains Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243

Idyllwild, CA 92549

(Located 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243)

(951) 659-3850

Website: http://www.rivcoparks.org/education/idyllwild-nature-center/idyllwild-nature-center/

Idyllwild Nature Center offers field study trips, environmental education programs and guided tours by appointment. Programs focus on mountain ecology, habitats, flora and fauna, Cahuilla Native culture and the history of the San Jacinto Mountains. Each program can be tailored to fit your specific needs or interests. Nature walks and natural history lectures are offered during the summer. Every Saturday June through August the center offers Junior Naturalist Programs. This children’s program includes a forest nature walk, snacks, and work books.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4:30pm

 

March Field Air MuseumSan Jacinto area museums - march Field Air Museum

22550 Van Buren Blvd

March Air Reserve Base CA 92518

(951) 902-5949

Website: http://www.marchfield.org/index.html

Where stories of Aviation, Military and March Field come alive! Over 70 historic aircraft and over 2,000 artifacts are on display both inside and outside the main museum building and grounds. Visit the Heritage Courtyard with the Freedom Wall and the War Dog Memorial.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter.

 

Orange Empire Railway Museum

Orange Empire Railway Museum near San Jacinto

2201 S. “A” St.

Perris CA 92570

(951) 943-3020

Website: http://www.oerm.org/

The non-profit Orange Empire Railway Museum has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California is open to the public 363 days a year. Railway trains operate every weekend- come experience a day of family fun exploring the large grounds and riding the trains and trolleys that helped create the Southern California we know today.

Hours: Check website for hours

 

Patterson House MuseumPatterson House Museum near San Jacinto Valley

28030 Patterson Avenue

Winchester, CA.

(951) 294-0899

The Patterson House Museum, is the only house still standing in California that was once owned by a Wells Fargo Agent. Within the house are family treasures and other antiques that give a glimpse into what it was like to live in a quieter and simpler time.

Also on the grounds is the Winchester Museum with a chronological history in artifacts of the area once known as Pleasant Valley. Step back in time and view the history of the area from the items found when building Diamond Valley Lake to the year 1976.

At the present time the museum is only open by appointment. If you wish to visit call Gregg Cowdery to plan your journey into the past.

Perris Valley Historical MuseumSan Jacinto area museums - Perris Valley Historical Museum

227 North “D” Street

Perris, CA 92570

(951) 657-0274

Website: http://perrismuseum.com/

The Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association were founded in 1964 to gather, protect, and preserve the history of the Perris Valley.

The association collects, catalogues, and displays items of historical interest, in addition to publishing pamphlets on valley history. Collections include artifacts from the Luiseño Indians, turn of the century clothing, farming equipment, mining tools, and personal effects from the city’s namesake, Fred T. Perris.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 6pm

 

Other Nearby Museums

Malki Museum

11795 Malki Road

Morongo Reservation

Banning, CA 92220

(951) 849-7289

Website: http://www.malkimuseum.org/index.html

Malki Museum is the oldest museum founded by Natives on a reservation in California, and has been the inspiration for several other Indian museums.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

 

Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum

1901 West Wilson Street

Banning, CA  92220

(951) 205-0494

Website: http://www.rivcoparks.org/historic-sites/gilman/gilman-historic-ranch-and-wagon-museum-main-page/

The Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum preserves, celebrates, and interprets the late 1800’s history of California, from the Cahuilla Indians to the exploration and settlement of southern California and the San Gorgonio Pass, including the homestead ranch of James Marshall Gilman.

Hours:  Monday and Friday, 9am – 4:30pm.

Tuesday – Thursday by appoint only 9am – 4:30pm.

Summer Hours: Open 2nd and 4th Saturday only in June, July and August.

 

Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens

9401 Oak Glen Road

Cherry Valley, CA 92223

(951) 845-2626

Website: http://www.edward-deanmuseum.org/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx

The Edward-Dean Museum and Gardens opened in 1958 and was founded by Edward Eberle and Dean Stout. The museum features late 16th to early 19th century European and Asian Decorative Arts. Dean Stout designed the interior spaces of the museum to create a home-like atmosphere with the intent to share with the visitor a first-hand experience of the ambiance of the time period. The museum and its 16-acre campus originally came under the County in 1964.

Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

 

Oak Glen Apple Growers Association

Oak Glen CA 92399

Website: http://www.oakglen.net/Index.html

Take a visit to Oak Glen’s Six Mile Loop of 30+ farms and businesses.

Oak Glen is nestled in the heart of Apple Country, where it is cooler in the summers and has enough snow to make snowmen and in the winters. Folks can come up and enjoy a simpler way of life, surrounded by the fresh crisp air and partake of the beautiful change of seasons year round.  We now invite you to come be a part of our family heritage and traditions. Just under an hour from Los Angeles or Palm Springs, spend the day having’ some good ole’ country fun.

Hours: Check website

 

Pennypickle’s Workshop

Temecula Children’s Museum

42081 Main Street

Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 308-6370

Website: http://www.cityoftemecula.org/Temecula/Residents/ParksFacilities/ImaginationWorkshop/

Children of all ages are welcome in the home workshop of Professor Phineas T. PennyPickle, Ph.D., scientist, time traveler, and inventor of wacky and wonderful contraptions that amaze, delight and educate! Your whole family will enjoy exploring the Professor’s latest inventions, secret passageways, puzzles, machines, and whimsical gadgets & gizmos found in this innovative, award-winning facility.

Hours: Check Website

 

Temecula Valley Museum

28314 Mercedes Street

Temecula CA 92590

(951) 694-6450

Website: http://www.temeculavalleymuseum.org/

Take a step back in time and experience the rich history of the Temecula Valley from its discovery to today. A visit to the Temecula Valley Museum promises a fun and informational day for the entire family. Picnic facilities and a children’s playground just outside the museum’s front door in a picturesque park completes a pleasurable day.

The Temecula Valley Museum has something to offer everyone, whether you are a history buff, a researcher, or a curious child. Enjoy the museum on your own or as part of a docent-guided tour.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm

 

Old Town Temecula

Temecula CA

Website: http://www.oldtowntemecula.com/

In Old Town Temecula you’ll find that elusive piece of art you’ve been looking for or that usual and tasteful gift for the person who has everything. Then take in a show and finish a perfect day with a wonderful meal at one of the many independent restaurants.

Enjoy the sense of adventure and wonderment as you take time to explore Old Town Temecula’s many alleyways with a new exciting discovery around every turn. Here you will find an amazing array of specialty stores, exclusive boutiques, art galleries and a myriad of antiques stores which together with whimsical and historical features that make Old Town Temecula what it is.

Hours: Check Website

 

For more information:
San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce (951) 654-1645
Hemet/San Jacinto (951) 658-3211
Email: info@visitsanjacintovalley.com