California Museums and Culture

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Orange Empire Railway Museum, Riverside County
2201 S. - Perris, CA   92570
 
http://www.oerm.org/

The Orange Empire Railway Museum's purpose is to preserve and display artifacts and documents of the rail transportation industry in order to educate the public on the technology, history and impact of the rail transportation industry in the West and more specifically Southern California.
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Grammy Museum, Los Angeles County
800 W. Olympic Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA   90015 USA
   
http://www.grammymuseum.org

In celebration of the life and work of Michael Jackson, The GRAMMY Museum is sharing a collection of Jackson's most iconic wardrobe pieces (including the suit he wore on the cover of Thriller). Starting today (Friday, June 26, 2009), these will be exhibited on the Museum's third floor alongside video of some of Jackson's most exciting GRAMMY performances. We hope this exhibit will serve as a fitting tribute to one of the most significant entertainers in music history. The Museum will open to the public on Friday at 11:30am. <br> For thousands of years, royalty has called attention to itself with extravagant clothing and other finery. Jewels, fine fabrics, and elaborate accessories can complete the transformation of a person into a brightly-shining star that holds its audience spellbound. <br> As the self-anointed "King of Pop," Michael Jackson has fully embraced this royal tradition. And like his album HIStory, this exhibit gathers together some of his greatest hits — pieces that are uniquely and unmistakably his.
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California African American Museum, Los Angeles County
600 State Drive - Los Angeles, CA   90037
   
http://www.caam.ca.gov/

The museum occupies a 44,000 square feet facility that includes 3 full-size exbition galleries, a theater gallery, a 14,000 square foot Sculputure Court, a conference center/special events room, an archive and research library, administrative offices, exibit design and artifact storage areas.
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Hollywood Museum, Los Angeles County
1660 N. Highland Ave - Hollywood, CA   90028
   
http://www.thehollywoodmuseum.com/

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Visit the world’s largest collection of costumes, props, posters, photographs and other priceless memorabilia from Hollywood’s greatest films, TV shows and music acts. <br> See costumes worn by Zac Efron and the cast of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" plus the dresses worn by Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls." See items from "The Sopranos," "Harry Potter," "Star Trek," "Baywatch," "Oceans 11," "Sweeney Todd," "Gone with the Wind," "I Love Lucy." Also — Rocky’s boxing gloves, Marilyn Monroe’s dresses, Elvis Presley’s favorite bathrobe, Indiana Jones’ whip, Pamela Anderson’s "Baywatch" swimsuit, Cary Grant’s Rolls-Royce, the shark seen in "Jaws," the church pews from "The Exorcist," Tom Cruise’s eyeball-switcher from "Minority Report" (and the eyeballs), Nicole Kidman’s’ sexy outfits and swing from "Moulin Rouge!"
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County
5905 Wilshire Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA   90036
     
http://www.lacma.org/

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Location & Parking<br> The main buildings at LACMA (also known as LACMA East) are located in the Miracle Mile area between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Avenue, on Wilshire Boulevard, just east of Ogden Drive. LACMA West is two blocks west, at the northeast corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
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Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles County
9786 West Pico Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA   90035
   
http://www.museumoftolerance.com/

The Museum of Tolerance provides a unique and provocative experience that challenges visitors to become witnesses to history, confront the dynamic of intolerance that is still embedded in society today. <br> Through powerful interactive exhibits, arts and lectures, special events and customized educational programs for youths and adults, the Museum engages visitors' hearts and minds in a journey of discovery to inspire change.
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Hollywood Wax Museum, Los Angeles County
6767 Hollywood Blvd - Hollywood, CA   90028
 
http://www.hollywoodwax.com/

What began as a family business has blossomed into a world famous entertainment company, Kuvera Attractions. Entrepreneur Spoony Singh built the Hollywood Wax Museum with the vision of bringing people close to their favorite stars. More than 40 years later, the Hollywood Boulevard attraction is the longest running wax museum in the nation and has expanded into other cities across the United States.
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Museum of Death, Los Angeles County
6031 Hollywood Blvd. - Hollywood, CA   90028
 
http://museumofdeath.net/

The World Famous Museum of Death was founded in San Diego June 1, 1995. Originally located in San Diego's 1st mortuary's in a building once owned by Wyatt Earp. Evolving from the controversial art gallery the Rita Dean, founders James Healy and Cathee Shultz realized the void in the Death education in this country and decided to make Death their Life's work. <br> Recently reopened at it's NEW location the Museum of Death houses the worlds largest collection of Serial Murderer Artwork, Photos of the Charles Manson Crime Scenes, the Guillotined Severed Head of the Blue Beard of Paris, Henri Landru, Original Crime Scene and Morgue Photos from the Grisly BLACK DAHLIA MURDERS, a Body Bag and Coffin collection, replicas of Full Size Execution Devices, Mortician and Autopsy Instruments, Pet Death Taxidermy, and much much more!
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Hollywood Entertainment Museum, Los Angeles County
3200 Wilshire Blvd.  - Suite 1680, South Tower - Los Angeles, CA   90010
http://www.hollywoodmuseum.com/
Hollywood Entertainment Museum (HEM) is an exceptional mix of culture and education. Through The Education Center for the Entertainment Arts, our goal is to utilize entertainment media as a vehicle to inspire, engage and teach youth. This unique fusion of education, community and culture grounds HEM in a deep sense of social responsibility and exemplifies the spirit of Los Angeles.
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ferrari, Los Angeles County
Beverly Hills, CA   90210
this is a nice museum.
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Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles County
46 North Los Robles Avenue - Pasadena, CA   91101
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/
Pacific Asia Museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s mission is to further cultural awareness and understanding through the arts.
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Pasadena Museum of California Art, Los Angeles County
490 East Union Street - Pasadena, CA   91101
http://www.pmcaonline.org/
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state's rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.
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International Puppetry Museum, Los Angeles County
1062 N. Fair Oaks Avenue - Pasadena, CA   91103
 
http://www.puppetrymuseum.org/
In October of 1999, a group of puppeteers, producers, business professionals and lovers of puppetry came together to form a steering committee. The goal was to create a non-profit center in Southern California that promotes and preserves puppetry arts. While there are other such centers in in America's heartland of entertainment, there is no place dedicated to honor and celebrate this magical art.
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San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, San Diego County
San Diego, CA  
     
http://www.midway.org/

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No carrier has the history or the crew to match the Midway. A 47-year odyssey that spanned the end of WWII and Desert Storm, an odyssey in which more than 225,000 Americans took part.
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Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego County
San Diego, CA   92101
   
http://www.sdmaritime.org/

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world's finest collections of historic ships, including the world famous Star of India.
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Timken Museum of Art, San Diego County
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA   92101
   
http://www.timkenmuseum.org/

Located in San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection of European old masters American art, and Russian icons. <br> Artworks in the collection range from 13th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits to 19th-century still lifes. Represented are the works of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian painters, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Petrus Christus, Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, and Veronese, as well as American artists such as John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson. <br> Admission to the Timken Museum of Art is always free.
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San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego County
2080 Pan American Plaza  - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA   92101
 
http://sdautomuseum.org/
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Feast your eyes on some of the rarest and most beautiful cars ever created at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
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The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego County
1649 El Prado - San Diego, CA   92101
http://www.mopa.org/
The Museum of Photographic Arts officially opened its doors on May 1, 1983 as one of the few museum facilities in the United States designed exclusively to collect and present the world's finest examples of photographic art. The appointment of nationally renowned curator/photographer Arthur Ollman as Executive Director brought visionary leadership and instant credibility to the nascent museum. In 2006, Deborah Klochko became the second Executive Director in MoPA's 25 year history. Klochko is now guiding MoPA into the next phase of its evolution. <br> MoPA has displayed works from the entire history of the medium; from 19th century daguerreotypes to albumen prints, from Pictorialism to master works of 20th century and contemporary works and photojournalism by many of the best photographers working today.
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San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego County
2001 Pan American Plaza  - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA   92101
     
http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum celebrates aviation and space flight history through preservation of significant artifacts, presentation of dynamic exhibits, and commemoration of the men and women who forged aerospace history, educating the public about the social and historical significance of aerospace technology and its promise for the future and inspiring students to excel in technology, mathematics and the sciences, and encourage all visitors to become life-long learners in support of aerospace advancement.
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Museum of Man, San Diego County
1350 El Prado  - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA   92101
   
http://www.museumofman.org/

The San Diego Museum of Man is a cultural and physical anthropology museum, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and communicating evidence of human development, creativity, and artistic expression.
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San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego County
1788 El Prado  - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA   92101
     
http://www.sdnhm.org/

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The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874. <br> The San Diego Natural History Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, which certifies that this museum continues to demonstrate a professional level of operation in accordance with the standards of excellence prescribed by the AAM.
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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, San Diego County
404 Third Avenue - San Diego, CA   92101
 
http://www.sdchm.org/
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization. The museum was founded in 1996, by the San Diego Chinese Historical Society under the leadership of its first three presidents: Sally Wong, Tom Hom, and Dr. Alexander Chuang. Charles Tyson donated the museum's current building, originally a Chinese mission located at 645 First Avenue, and in 1991, the City of San Diego graciously provided a piece of land in the original Chinatown area where the museum now resides. <br> Since opening in 1996, the museum has presented more than 47 exhibits highlighting the rich tradition of Chinese culture and history in San Diego and the world. The Museum also features a library of books on Chinese culture and a tranquil garden with koi pond.
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San Diego Art Institute, San Diego County
1439 El Prado - San Diego, CA   92101
http://www.sandiego-art.org/
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The San Diego Art Institute mission is to maintain a center for emerging artists and the visual arts in San Diego. <br> SDAI's most visible activity focuses on showcasing the work of San Diego emerging area visual artists through a program of over 30 juried shows a year, (regular show, "One-Foot" show, special outreach shows, youth art & others). Different art professionals are selected as jurors for each show assuring exhibitions of high quality and great variety. Jurors' Choice and Honorable Mention certificates are awarded at monthly public receptions.
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California State Military Museum, Sacramento County
1119 Second Street - Sacramento, CA   95814
 
http://www.militarymuseum.org/

The California State Military Museum is located at 1119 Second Street in the Old Sacramento State Historical Park. It is only a few minutes walk from the State Capital, The California State Railroad Museum and several other fine museums, parks, and tourist attractions. The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California. This was reinforced on 11 September 2002 when Governor Gray Davis signed legislation making the museum a permanent museum under the California State Military Department and providing permanent funding for the museum. Finally on 13 July 2004, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to amend the Government Code to make the museum the state's official military museum.
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Aerospace Museum of California, Sacramento County
3200 Freedom Park Drive - McClellan Air Force Base, CA   95652
 
http://www.aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org/

The Aerospace Museum of California Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was formerly known as the McClellan Aviation Museum. The Museum has been in existence since 1982. The name was changed in 2005 to reflect the new vision focused on education and to reflect the full heritage of aviation and aerospace in the Sacramento region.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco County
151 Third Street - San Francisco, CA   94103-3159
     
http://www.sfmoma.org/

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As one of the world's most innovative museums of modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA has had an active Web presence for over nine years (a very long time, when measured in Internet time). During this period we have redesigned our site twice, always with the idea that a museum such as ours should continually strive to improve the ways in which it serves a diverse public. And, as our collective understanding of emerging digital technologies has increased, we felt that perhaps it was time to use the Web to explore our understanding of the museum itself.
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Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco County
655 Mission Street - San Francisco, CA   94105
     
http://www.cartoonart.org/

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The Cartoon Art Museum is committed to fostering and promoting a greater appreciation of cartoon art. This it achieves through collecting, cataloging, preserving and displaying the finest representations of original cartoon art as well as providing innovative educational programs designed to enrich the cultural life of our community.
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Asian Art Museum, San Francisco County
200 Larkin St. - San Francisco, CA   94102
     
http://www.asianart.org/

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The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Travel through 6,000 years of history, trek across seven major regions, and sample the cultures of numerous countries.
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Cable Car Museum, San Francisco County
1201 Mason Street - San Francisco, CA  
 
http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/

From the first run in 1873 to the present. Learn about the inventor, technologies, builders, rapid expansion, near loss and the ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the cable cars of San Francisco. <br> Houses a collection of historic cable cars, photographs, mechanical displays and gift shop run by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum - a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of cable car history.
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Randall Museum, San Francisco County
199 Museum Way - San Francisco, CA   94114
 
http://www.randallmuseum.org/

The Randall Museum offers a unique haven where children and adults can explore the creative aspects of art and science and make discoveries about nature and the environment by direct participation in classes, workshops, special events, and clubs.
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Museum of Perfomance & Design, San Francisco County
401 Van Ness Avenue  - Veterans Building - San Francisco, CA   94102
http://www.sfpalm.org/
The Museum of Performance & Design is the first international arts institution devoted to the celebration of the performing arts and theatrical design. Currently located in the Veterans Building in San Francisco’s Civic Center, the Museum produces world-class exhibitions, lectures and presentations by and about leading artists; provides conservation and archival services to performing arts institutions; offers adult and youth education programs; and houses a performing arts library that offers access to an over 3 million item research collection of performing arts related materials.
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International Museum of Women, San Francisco County
P.O. Box 190038 - San Francisco, CA   94119
     
http://www.imow.org/

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The mission of I.M.O.W. is to value the lives of women around the world. <br> I.M.O.W. is a groundbreaking social change museum that inspires global action, connects people across borders and transforms hearts and minds by amplifying the voices of women worldwide through global online exhibitions, history, the arts and cultural programs that educate, create dialogue and build community. With its unique focus on cultural change, I.M.O.W. advances the human right to gender equity worldwide.
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Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum, San Francisco County
175 Jefferson Street - San Francisco, CA   94133
     
http://www.ripleysf.com/

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Two floors and over 10,000 square feet filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable! See in person the incredible "Believe It or Nots" you've read about in the Ripley books and cartoons and seen on television.
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Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco County
685 Mission Street - San Francisco, CA   94105
   
http://www.moadsf.org/

An international museum, based in San Francisco, MoAD is committed to showcasing the "best of the best" from the African Diaspora. To facilitate this, MoAD reaches out and initiates collaborative ventures with institutions of similar vision from around the world. Already, the museum has forged rich relationships with the British Museum, the Museum of African Art (NY), Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton, and the University of California Berkeley, amongst others. <br> Drawing from the collections of museums, institutes, organizations, universities and private citizens, MoAD is a collector of stories—a repository of information to be shared with all who wish to know about the African Diaspora.
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The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco County
145 Jefferson Street - San Francisco, CA   94133
     
http://www.waxmuseum.com/

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The spirit and energy of San Francisco is manifested in the history of one of its most popular landmarks - The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. Bedecked by colorful waving flags and surrounded by a complex of gifts shops and entertainment sites, the museum welcomes guests to one of the world's most visited spots. Three generations of the Fong family have kept the Wax Museum a vital and changing San Francisco attraction. <br> As one of the world's largest wax museums, the fully restored San Francisco attraction continues to show all aspects of life from the ignoble Chamber of Horrors to the inspiring Hall of Religion, including the historic Library of U.S. Presidents, the spectacular Recreation of King Tut's Tomb and the unique Palace of Living Art, where the world's most famous masters, and their masterpieces come to life through the magic of wax artistry.
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Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco County
736 Mission Street - San Francisco, CA   94103
   
http://www.thecjm.org/

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has engaged audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. Throughout its history, the Museum has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.
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The Beat Museum, San Francisco County
540 Broadway - San Francisco, CA   94133
 
http://www.thebeatmuseum.org/

The cultural epicenter of the Beat Generation. The museum features a large collection of photos, letters and first editions. Hundreds of people have already passed through the Beat Museum, and locals are adding more to the collection.
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Musée Mécanique, San Francisco County
Pier 45 at the end of Taylor Street  - Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco, CA   94133
 
http://www.museemecaniquesf.com/

One of the world's largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!)
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Charles M. Schulz, Sonoma County
2301 Hardies Lane - Santa Rosa, CA   95403
 
http://www.schulzmuseum.org/

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922, Charles M. Schulz was the only child of Dena and Carl Schulz. From birth, comics played an important role in Schulz’s life. At just two days old, an uncle nicknamed him “Sparky” after the horse Spark Plug from the Barney Google comic strip, and throughout his youth he and his father shared a Sunday morning ritual reading the funnies. Schulz always knew he wanted to be a cartoonist and was very proud when Ripley’s newspaper feature, Believe it or Not, published his drawing of the family dog in 1937.
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California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Sonoma County
5250 Aero Drive - Santa Rosa, CA   95403
 
http://www.cimcc.org/

The Museum provides California Indians and the public with a first class museum facility in which to portray California Indian history and culture from an Indian perspective. In addition, the museum showcases and encourages the present-day renaissance of California Indian culture, affirming its survival and continued vitality in the face of extreme adversity. Finally, the museum provides opportunities for Native Americans to receive training and experience in a variety of fields such as museum direction, curation, design and interpretation. <br> The Museum was developed by the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC), a 100% Indian owned and operated nonprofit corporation. Originally founded in 1983 as a resource for tribal courts, the NIJC has steadily expanded its mission and is now known as a major force for improving the quality of life and the quality of justice in Indian country.
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Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County
2230 Becker Blvd. - Santa Rosa, CA   95403
   
http://www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org/

Founded in 1989, the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historical aircraft and provides an educational venue for students and the community. We also intend to honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.