THE RANDALL MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL NOVEMBER 2016. PLEASE VISIT THIER TEMPORARY LOCATION AT THE MISSION ARTS CENTER ON 745 TREAT STREET.
This week I wanted to highlight the Randall Museum in Corona Heights Park (near the Castro). This museum is owned by San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department and was designed to be “a place that would foster a love of science, natural history, and the arts.”
The museum is home to over 100 animals including California natives and some who were rescued. You’ll find snakes, turtles, ducks, rabbits, birds, and more in the live animal exhibit. Most animals are just for viewing on the weekdays but come by on Saturdays to get more up-close and personal.
If your kid is into Thomas the Train, make sure to head downstairs. You’ll find a model caboose and train tracks with top San Francisco landmarks. On Saturdays, the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club opens their extensive and sophisticated model railroad track (although I don’t know how long they’ll be at the Randall Museum as it is in danger of closing).
If you want to take a break from the exhibits, stop by the toddler treehouse room!
The museum also offers many classes for all ages that cover science, technology, and art. The classes are popular so make sure to check out the schedule and sign up early.
In addition to visiting the museum, you can also see some of the most stunning views of the city.
Here is some info if you’re interested in stopping by:
Tips For Visiting the Randall Museum
- Location: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114
- Parking: there is a free parking lot but it fills up quick! Make sure to get there early.
- Average Length of Visit: My toddler and I can spend about an hour at this museum.
- Website: http://sfrecpark.org/destination/corona-heights-park/randall-museum/