Directly East of Los Angeles, you will find the beautiful city of San Bernardino, California. San Bernardino is a city of 4 million people. The diverse region of San Bernardino has made it a popular place to live since the 1800’s. In San Bernardino, you can experience sea and sand, extraordinarily beautiful mountains, lush forests and natural lakes.
The surrounding towns are rich with history, art, and museums of every kind. You can learn the history of the city, county, and state of California. There are museums for music, art, children, and world exhibits. We are going to feature a few museums that are found directly in San Bernardino for your consideration.
Inland Empire Military Museum
This museum honors the dedication and hard work of veterans in the United States. Inland Empire Military Museum features memorabilia from World War II, The Vietnam War, and the Korean War. See the uniforms they wore and the tools they were given to win these wars that were a threat to the United States and the world in which we live.
San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum
This historical museum is set in an old train station that was in use in 1918. If you can only choose one museum to visit in San Bernardino, this would be the best choice. Learn about the Serrano and Cahuilla Indians that first inhabited the area. Learn how the city was named and the significant events that changed the city, eventually morphing it into the metropolis we see today. Learn how different ethnic races came to the area, making it a multicultural location. Major events like the discovery of gold and the birth of the railroad changed California and the country forever.
Visit exhibits, and tour various trains and enjoy photo galleries that walk back through time. Listen to local stories and legends from years gone by. The admission, tours, and parking are free.
Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art
This museum is located on the main campus of California State University, San Bernardino. The three main art interests of the collection are Ancient Art, Contemporary Art, and World Ceramics. There is an annual Student Art Exhibition. Fullerton is well known for their exhibits featuring ancient Egypt. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
The Original McDonald’s Museum
Just for fun, visit the McDonald’s location where it all began. The exhibits are great and you will be surprised at how much you will learn. The collections are fascinating. You will learn about a part of McDonald’s you probably never knew. This museum is not just about burgers and fries. It tells the stories of many of the United States’ mega-food giants. See how business held on during economic struggles and what drives the chain to contribute so much to charity and education.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg as they say. There are also additional resources for you to find out what other museums are available to you in and near the city of San Bernardino.