Sunken Ship

Shipwreck!    Topside you can take a turn at the wheel and make an imaginary voyage along the coast.  Beware!  Coastal and pelagic birds are above.  Who knows what they had for lunch, but splerd, splat, and splood can be found around.

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Discovery Tar Pits

Dig for fossils and recover bones to identify in Pit 21, o tribute to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Enjoy an informative interactive game with Leander the American Lion as you move him with your feet through the basin.  He will need food and rest to successfully transverse the course.   Don’t […]

Fire Station

STOP, DROP and ROLE PLAY! Transform into a local hot-shot by layering yourself in real fireman gear from head to toe. Unravel the hose, extinguish imaginative flames and be a hero!

BBQ Hall of Fame

Put on some cowboy boots and a hat and discover the world-famous Santa Maria barbecue. Visit R.H. Tesene’s BBQ Hall of Fame and find your favorite family brand, then sit down and sketch your own!

Rancho Pasquini

Filled with artifacts associated with a working barn, children can take a ride through our the history of our valley and learn about bits, belt buckles, and barn tools. They say nothing runs like a Deere, a John Deere Tractor that is! This big green machine has been working the Museum floor since our inception.


Part of the Our Valley exhibit, you can settle into the bunkhouse for a game of checkers or to play the harmonica while exploring one of our Discovery Boxes available for check out at the front desk. If you are part of the younger set, saddle up a rocking horse and ride while the grown-ups sit by the […]

Rainbow Shadows

What color is your shadow? Colored lights create three different colors of shadows, and you can block different lights to get up to seven colors. Make your shadow wiggle and dance!  

Tot Spot

Kids ages 0 to 3 will enjoy this space created just for them, shielded from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the museum. There is plenty of room for crawling and exploring, age-appropriate toys and blocks to promote tactile learning and fine-motor skills, and chairs for parents to sit and watch their little […]

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