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 […]

Giant Microscope

Experience high quality, interactive observations with our microEYE DISCOVERY video microscope. Adjust the magnification by zooming in and out and move the slider from left to right to adjust its focus. What you place under the microscope for observation is up to you – from items throughout the museum, to fossils and real shells.

Tale of the Whale

Big Blue, our blue whale, is more than fun and games.  You will learn all kinds of whale facts  in our interactive touch screen video and migration game.  At the end of your Big Blue journey, slide through her baleen and find your way into Discovery Cove safely beneath the pier while listening to Big […]

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Big Bank

Sponsored by Coast Hills Federal Credit Union, this exhibit is sure to leave an everlasting impression in the minds of future economists! Role play as a bank teller, check your account with an ATM card, put some money in the bank at a convenient drive through window or play a few interactive games which highlight […]

Planting Station

The Santa Maria Valley is famous for its fertile soil. We aren’t just strawberries in this valley, though they are the yummiest! Plantel keeps the Museum stocked with valley vegetable transplants through all the planting seasons. Broccoli, cauliflower, red lettuce, and celery are just a few of the cash crops nourishing our valley economy. So […]

USS Discovery

Heads up while driving the USS Discovery! Coastal birds and pelagic birds are flying above, and who knows what they had for lunch? Splerd, splat, and splood can be found all around. Learn more about birds’ diets, altitude of flight, and sizes. But don’t forget to strap on your life jacket—safety first!

Walking Piano

Make “sole” music by walking, dancing, and even exercising on the giant interactive keyboard! Learn how to read simple sheet music and to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” or make your own harmonious melodies, just like Tom Hanks in the movie BIG. Special thanks to the family of founding board member, Mark Stone, who donated […]

Mission to Mars Rock Wall

  Secure your space suits! We’re about to step foot on the the fourth planet from the Sun, Mars. Watch for craters as you climb the rock wall and expand your understanding of our universe.  

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