The Randall Museum in San Francisco is a hidden treasure for families and children. Having lived near it for half a dozen years (and always driving past the signs), I can't believe I've never been. It is a FREE wildlife museum with live animals, next to a short steep hike to a killer view, and a big sandy playground.
My friend Karyn tells that she went for a class field trip, and the class was treated to an interesting presentation with a snake, a rat and an owl. All of the animals are rescues. They spent a little time looking at wildlife exhibits: saltwater aquarium, small aviary, bee hive, and horned owl rabbits.
One day a week they let you pet the animals.
I did some more digging and learned that the museum was founded by a pioneering woman zoologist, Josephine Randall, in the 1940's to encourage children and be “a place that would foster a love of science, natural history, and the arts.” The museum provides many hands-on learning exhibits, camps, workshops, birthday parties, and other special events.
The Randall Museum is open to the public 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
There is a good reason there are signs all over pointing the way. It is seriously tucked away from the main roads and tricky for newcomers to find. But once you do, you'll be glad you are in on the secret.
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114
Contact the Randall Museum (415)554-9600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you been to the Randall Museum? Do you have any other tips?