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Randall Museum

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Location
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood(s)
Castro/Eureka/Noe Valley
Telephone
(415) 554-9600
Website
http://www.randallmuseum.org
Days and Hours Of Operation
Tues–Sat 10am–5pm
Ages Served
All
Description

Take your kids to the Randall Museum to experience nature and the environment right here in the City. The space is surrounded by beautiful views that you can soak up while you walk around. Hike up to Corona Heights Hill, which is right next to the facility.

Animal Exhibit:
Children have the opportunity to get up close to different kinds of animals that can no longer be independent because of injuries or danger from predators. Docents bring out native California animals for an even more up-close encounter.

Earthquake Exhibit:
Near the entrance is a hands-on seismograph and an earthquake refugee shack. Kids learn about how people survived after the 1906 earthquake.

Train Exhibit:
At the lobby entrance of the Golden Gate Model Railroad is an interactive railroad-themed exhibition exploring how trains have shaped the world we live in. Kids can climb aboard a scale model of a caboose to discover what it was like riding the rails on an old time train.

Randall Theater:
The theater is a great spot for a variety of exciting concerts, performances, films, and lectures. See the museum's website for theater listings. Fees vary for films and other performances.

Clubs:
The museum is a meeting place for all kinds of clubs, such as Cine Club, Deutscher Musik Verein (The German Band), Galileo Gem Guild, SF Amateur Astronomers, Golden Gate Model Railroad Club, SF Beekeepers, SF Natural History, Musical Theatre Works, Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company, and many more.

Classes:
The museum offers lots of classes and workshops in woodworking, ceramics and clay, jewelry making, photography, robotics, animal care for teens, and more. There are drop-in classes available on Saturdays for the whole family. Fees vary and are available on a sliding scale.

Classes scheduled during afterschool hours are a great enhancement to science education. Kids ages 8 to 12 can sign up for a five-week session in anatomy, chemistry, and outdoor/environmental sciences.

Toddlers, parents, and caregivers can drop in at the Tree House Toddler Exploration Zone from 10am–5pm Tues–Sat. This room behind the front desk has a climbing structure and lots of books and toys. Kids participate in preschool activities such as music, arts and crafts, science, and story time. A minimal fee may be required.

Families can register for classes and other programs at SFRecOnline. You can search for programs by activity or by location.

Camps:
The Randall Museum offers something for everyone during their two-week summer day camps. Camps are divided by themes in nature, art, and science. Kids bring a bag lunch, drinks, and a water bottle. Partial scholarships are available. These camps are very popular and fill up fast! Registration is done through SFRecOnline.

2014 Two-week Art and Science Summer Sessions:
Dates:
June 2–August 1 (no camp week of June 30)
Ages: 6 to 12
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 9:45am–3pm
Cost: $440 per session
Extended care: 8am–9:45am, 3pm–6pm (additional fees apply)
Detailed information on summer camp can be found here .

2014 Randall Museum Overnight Camp Mather Art and Science Camp:
Dates:
July 14–July 18
Ages: 10 to 12
Cost: $443

2014 Five-day Marine Explorers Field Trip Day Camp Sessions:
Dates:
June 16–June 20, June 23–June 27, July 14–July 18
Ages: 8 to 12
Cost: $309 per session

2013–2014 One-day Winter Camp Sessions:
Dates:
- Candy Trains and Freestyle Painting: December 24
- Rollercoasters and Animal Puppets: December 26
- Pirate Day: December 27
- Hobby Horse and Animal Banners: December 31
- Treehouses and Birds: January 2
- Superheros and Marionettes: January 3
Ages: 8 to 12
Times: 10am–3pm
Cost: $75 per day

Celebrations:
Your child can have a birthday party at the museum on Sundays only. The grounds have beautiful views, especially on sunny days. The basic party package ($275 for members, $300 for non-members) is for 10 children, access to a private party room, and an age-appropriate art project for everyone. Additional guests are $5–$7. You bring everything else. Call (415) 554-9681 for more information.

You can also celebrate your child's birthday at a special performance hosted by the Buddy Club. Shows are scheduled on selected Sundays from October through April. Performances are magical, musical, and very zany. Groups are welcome to attend. The party package is only $85 plus show tickets, which are $8 per person.

Cost
Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated.
Financial Assistance
Yes
Languages Spoken
English
Accessibility
Yes
Seasons Offered
All Year
Getting There

The museum is located at the top of Roosevelt Way, above the Castro District. There's a large parking lot available but it can get pretty full on weekends.

Muni: 37

Related Programs
The Buddy Club
Musical Theatre Works
Art & Film for Teenagers
The Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company
SFKids Tips

*The Golden Gate Model Railroad Club's train layout is open Saturdays only from 10am–4pm. Train lovers will delight in watching this miniature world come to life.

*The building is also open selected Sundays, Mondays, and evenings for scheduled classes, clubs, performances, and events.

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