Stockton Museums & History

Stockton Museums & HistoryThe promise of gold created a mad dash for the California coast as many of the country's early settlers moved west in search of the promise of a better life. As it turned out, the ensuing Gold Rush created numerous towns and cities that continued to flourish long after the gold had all been dug. One of these places was Stockton, and that incredible history of the search for gold and the people who led the movement are just a part of Stockton's remarkable past that you will learn more about when you visit the area's museums and historical sites.

Children's Museum of Stockton
The Children's Museum of Stockton is a truly whimsical, inviting place that the kids will absolutely love. Getting up close to the many attractions and exhibits is the rule rather than the exception, as a very kid-friendly hands-on policy is always enforced. Kids will learn about science, art, and various other aspects of the world around them with the help of some truly inventive, imaginative exhibits that invite exploration and discovery.

Address: 402 Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203- MAP
Phone: (209) 465-4386
Web: www.childrensmuseumstockton.org

Haggin Museum
While Stockton's Haggin Museum is a consistently impressive venue that has always prided itself in presenting some of the world's most visually captivating art, it has been somewhat underrated by critics and professionals in the museum community. Still, that fact doesn't hinder the elegance and allure of the many pieces of 19th century art that are housed here. The work of various European and American artists, as well as the museum's smartly designed layout, make a visit to the Haggin time well spent.

Address: 1201 N Pershing Ave, Stockton, CA 95203 - MAP
Phone: (209) 940-6311
Web: www.hagginmuseum.org

Delta College Clever Planetarium and Earth Science Center
You don't have to feel like the planets and the rest of the solar system are that far away when you visit the Delta College Clever Planetarium and Earth Science Center. In addition to being able to peer out into the stars and planets, you will be able to learn about space, what has been discovered and what lies ahead within the final frontier. In addition to state-of-the-art digital equipment that simulates various space-related phenomenon, there are often special presentations and exhibits that offer a chance to learn even more about the science of outer space.

Address: 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207 - MAP
Phone: (209) 954-5151
Web: www.deltacollege.edu

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Get a more detailed view of not only the country's history but of California's dramatic past as well when you visit the Holt-Atherton Special Collections. It's almost like connecting the various pieces of the area's past when you view the museum's vintage photographs, artifacts and various exhibits that all tell the story of the American West. Also, don't miss seeing the incredible collection of manuscripts, books and other historical items.

Address: University of the Pacific Libraries, Stockton, CA 95211 - MAP
Phone: (209) 946-2945
Web: www.pacific.edu

San Joaquin County Historical Museum
The San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum is a fascinating, multidimensional time capsule of the area. Learn about the settlement history, local terrain, homesteads and the role of the Gold Rush in the social and economic development of the region. Additionally, see exhibits on wine making, tractors, gardening and a blacksmith shop as well as a generous selection of antiques and furnishings. Plus, there are various demonstrations of how all of these items were pivotal in the lives of the area’s early inhabitants.

Address: 11793 North Micke Grove Road, Lodi, CA 95240 - MAP
Phone: (209) 331-2055
Web: www.sanjoaquinhistory.org