Art & History Museums

From an award winning symphony, boutique galleries, exceptional regional museums and open-air festivals, the County has a rich and thriving creative culture. Attend a full-scale performance at California Theater and discover treasure trove of national attractions. Take in our historic exhibitions then go see the real thing. Soak up local culture and explore artists’ studios in the Morongo Basin or celebrate at an outdoor festival in Ontario.See a play in the oldest theatre in Fontana or attend a concert under the stars in the mountains.

Source: San Bernardino County Natural History Museum Painting from Mamiko on Vimeo.

Galleries & Museums in San Bernardino County

Agua Mansa Museum

2001 East Agua Mansa Rd
Colton, CA
(909) 370-2091

Oldest settlement in San Bernardino Valley. Archaeological exhibits surrounding cemetery and village church.


The Lincoln Memorial Shrine

125 West Vine Street
Redlands, CA 92373

Two hundred years after his birth, the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln continues to captivate and inspire. The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is a museum and research facility dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.  A special exhibit honors the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Tours for groups of 12 or more are available with reservations. Open Tuesday-Saturday. 1 pm – 5 pm.

Art Depot Gallery

16822 Spring Street
Fontana, CA 92335
(909) 349-6975

The Art Depot Gallery was originally built as a freight train depot in 1915 and now sits alongside the newly landscaped Pacific Electric Trail in the Helen Putnam Historical Plaza. The gallery features local artists, visual arts programs, gallery exhibits and special events.

Mojave River Valley Museum

270 E. Virginia Way
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 256-5452

The Mojave River Valley Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the scientific, historical and cultural heritage of the Mojave River Valley. Open everyday except Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

Barstow Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum

681 North First Avenue
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 255-1890
The Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum was dedicated on July 4, 2000 in the historic Casa del Desierto, Harvey House, in Barstow, California. The Museum displays a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert Communities. Displays include development of the United States Route 66 from early pioneer trails, railroads, automotive history, businesses and sites. Open Friday, Saturday 10 am to 4pm and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm.

Museum of History & Art

225 S. Euclid Avenue
Ontario, CA 9176z2
(909) 983-3198

Visitors explore the rich heritage of Ontario and its surrounding area through permanent exhibits, traveling exhibitions, artist led workshops, storytellers, musical performances and scholar presentations. This highly regarded museum also explores famous local roads like Euclid Avenue and Route 66, and the Americans that loved to travel on them. Open Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is free.

California Route 66 Museum

16825 D Street
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 951-0436

The California Route 66 Museum is located on Route 66 (D Street) in a former roadhouse called the Red Roster Cafe. Plan to spend some time exploring the every corner of this quaint and fascinating museum. The Museum is true celebration of Americana history showcasing cars, historic photographs, memorabilia, and clever collection of everyday items that were a part of life on Route 66. It is “have to stop” when driving the Mother Road in California. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 10 am -4 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.

Planes of Fame

7000 Merrill Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 597-3722

Established in 1957, this pioneer in the “flying museum” concept restores historic aircraft to flying condition. The collection currently showcases over 100 aircraft featuring war birds and other historic planes. Special events the first Saturday of each month. Open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Chaffey Community Museum of Art

12467 Baseline Road Rancho
Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 463-3733
The Chaffey Community Museum of Art represents some of the most prominent artists of the Western United States from 1920 to present. It is also representational of the development of a distinctive school of California art inspired by the unique quality of light and geographic features to be found in the coastal, mountain and desrt areas of the Far West. Open Friday-Sunday.

Rialto Historical Society Museum

205 N. Riverside Ave.
Rialto, CA 92376
(909) 875-1750 

The museum features displays depicting a delightful turn of the century home, a citrus exhibit and packing house office, military display with medals and uniforms, and an early 20th century doctor's office with a display of medical instruments. The museum is open for tours Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Colton Area Museum

380 N. La Cadena Drive,
Colton, California 92324
(909) 824-8814

The Colton Area Museum is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Colton area history by collecting, preserving and displaying historic artifacts. In carrying out its mission, the museum also holds monthly meetings featuring topics of historical interest, publishes Crossroads, a twice-yearly journal of Colton area history, and presents exhibits to annual community events such as Unity Day and Discover Colton.

Robert & Frances Fullerton Museum of Art

5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino
(909) 537-7373 

The Museum's permanent collection represents various periods and regions but focuses on contemporary art, ceramics, and ancient art, including what is considered one of the largest collections of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities west of the Mississippi River. Approximately 8,500 square feet of gallery space permits a continuous display of the museum's permanent holdings as well as a dynamic and diverse schedule of visiting exhibitions. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. 10 am – 2 pm.

Graber Olive House

315 East 4th Street
Ontario, CA 91762
(909) 984-1761
The historic Graber Olive House is located in a pleasant residential area. Here quiet and serene surroundings, visitors are welcomed and delighted to discover a bit of early California history. Tours are available throughout the year, and in the fall view the long careful tradition of hand grading, curing and canning Graber Olives. Complimentary olive tasting is in available in the gift shop. Open daily 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

San Bernardino County Museum

2024 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
(909) 307-2669

The San Bernardino Museum is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, the Exploration Station, a live animal gallery, and programs for children and adults are all part of the museum experience. Open Tuesday-Sunday and Holiday Mondays. Holiday Mondays include: Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Closed all other Mondays, and Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

Hi-Desert Nature Museum

57090 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
(760) 369-7212

For more than 40 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to helping visitors and citizens of the Morongo Basin and High Desert discover “with new eyes” the rich cultural heritage and natural history of this area. Live desert animals, exhibits and native collections are featured. The museum is family friendly and great introduction to the desert.
Open Thursday – Saturday. 10 am – 5 pm.

San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society

796 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 885-2204

The San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society is the result of the merger of two previous groups; the Pioneer Society and the Historical Society. Originally the Pioneer Society was known as the Society of California Pioneers, which formed on January 21, 1888. A tour of the 1891 Heritage House features period furnishings, the Christian R. Harris Memorial Hall, the first jail in San Bernardino, and the Historical Society Library. Special presentations on a variety of topics are held the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. The museum is Open Friday and Saturday. 10 am – 2 pm.

Historical Glass Museum

1157 N. Orange Street
Redlands, CA 92375
(909) 798-0868
Housed in a 1903 Victorian home this lovely museum features American glassware dating from the early 1800’s to contemporary times. It includes works by the Hensley, Cambridge, fenton, Fostoria, and sandwich factories as well as Depression-era glassware. Open Saturday and Sunday noon-4:00 pm. Closed holidays.

San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum

1170 West 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 888-3634

The San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum specializes in the history of the City of San Bernardino. It houses the Santa Fe Western Archives and unique artifacts and all things railroad. It is located in the restored 1918 Santa Fe Depot that serves Amtrak and Metrolink passengers from the BNSF intermodal facility. Over 100 freight trains pass the depot each day. Open Saturday. 10 am – 3pm.

Kimberly Crest

1325 Prospect Drive
Redlands, CA
(909) 792-2111

A picturesque French chateau style home built in 1897, Kimberly Crest is a well preserved example of the Victorian Era in California. The 7,000 square foot, three-story chateau sits on a six and one quarter acre estate. Open Thursday – Sunday. 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Yanks Air Museum

7000 Merrill Avenue
Chino, CA 91710

Yanks Air Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of United States aviation. The collection on display includes more than 160 aircraft and related artifacts from pre-WW1 to the present. You can expect to see aircraft under restoration, completed aircraft in authentic flying condition, and aircraft awaiting restoration.