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Brian Stevens

San Bernardino

San Bernardino
Discover local and natural history and see art from around the world at area museums

After the adrenaline rush of hot rods and NASCAR, it’s nice to chill out for a while. In this major city, two museums offer a peaceful—and interesting—interlude.  

The San Bernardino County Museum offers a look at the area’s past, with exhibits of Native American crafts, and displays of mining equipment, lumber wagons, and a steam locomotive that helped build the Inland Empire. The museum also commemorates the area’s citrus heritage and celebrates its natural environment with desert gardens and The Exploration Station, a gallery with live animals.

At Cal State University San Bernardino, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art spans the millennia. It boasts more than 500 artifacts tracing 4,000 years of Egyptian history, as well impressive collections of ancient Mediterranean ceramics and contemporary art.

Now turn northeast to take I-15 through the valley separating the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Ranges to a desert town with entertaining memorabilia commemorating the Route 66 migration.

Next Stop
Barstow (70mi/113km; 1hr3min)