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What's Inside for Kids?

Family Guides to the Galleries

Art

Ready to play? This guide is your blueprint to help you unlock your imagination and discover the Gallery of California Art.

History

Ready to take a trip? This guide is your passport to travel through time and explore the Gallery of California History.

Natural Sciences

Ready to explore? This guide is your field map to navigate around the Gallery of California Natural Sciences.

Yes, you can touch!

Huey P. Newton Chair

Strike a pose in this Black Panther monument.

Huey P. Newton Chair

This chair, an artwork by Sam Durant, offers a chance to reflect and consider the impact of the Black Panther Party and radical politics in the Bay Area.

Coming to California Map

Show where your family first came from.

Coming to California Map

You are a part of the California experience—add a pin to show how you contribute to this unfolding story.

Hollywood Sound Studio

Create sound effects to match a movie.

Hollywood Sound Studio

Aside from the actors’ voices, most of what we hear in a movie is added later in a recording studio. Try it out yourself in this interactive exhibit.

Lizard Lounge

View reptiles and their homes up close.

Lizard Lounge

Reptiles come in all shapes and sizes. Colors, patterns, and scales help them blend into the desert landscape.

Portrait Wall

Draw a self-portrait and see it on the wall.

Portrait Wall

Artists often portray people’s faces, lives, and identities in many different ways. How do you see yourself?

Animation Studio

Make your own stop-motion film.

Animation Studio

Before computers, animated films were entirely hand-drawn. Artists had to make thousands of individual drawings for even the shortest film! Draw your own characters and act it out.

Investigate Life

Use microscopes to examine specimens.

Investigate Life

Bees, reptiles, even small animal skulls! These are all natural specimens you can view up close here. Observe, compare, and decide why you think different species look the way they do.

Underwater World

Chill out and dive deep into this video.

Underwater World

See the breathtaking installation by Olivia Ting, combining video footage and photographs taken by divers who explored the reef at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.