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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 4:47 pm, Wed May 23, 2012.

San Joaquin County Historical Museum

11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi


Located in Micke Grove Regional Park, the museum grounds hold several historical buildings, including the one-room Calaveras School built in 1866, the blacksmith shop, the Charles Weber Cottage and the Julia Weber House. The museum also features items from the early days of San Joaquin County, donated by the estate of William G. and Julia Harrison Micke, as well as antique tractors and horse-drawn transportation, Miwok and Yokuts artifacts, a trail featuring native plants, and more.

Hours of operation: Summer — Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Winter — Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

World of Wonders Science Museum

2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi


Commonly known as the WOW Museum, Lodi’s newest museum focuses on science. Exhibits include the Shake Table, where visitors can create buildings that withstand earthquakes, the Cloud Ring, which shoots a ring of vapor toward the ceiling, and the Parabolic Dishes, where visitors can talk to each other from across the room. The museum also hosts regular science-themed events.

Hours of operation: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Haggin Museum

1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton


Located in Stockton’s Victory Park, the museum features art and history from late-19th-century American and European painters and local and regional history exhibits. It is also home to more than 50 works by J.C. Leyendecker — the largest collection held by any museum.

Hours of operation: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 1:30 to 9 p.m. first and third Thursdays.

The Knowlton Gallery

115 S. School St., No. 14, Lodi


The only privately owned fine arts gallery in the area, it features artwork from local, regional and national artists. The gallery focuses on California landscapes.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; most Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and by appointment.

Lodi Community Art Center and Gallery

209 N. Ham Lane, Suite 1373, Lodi


The art center features paintings, photography, mixed media and jewelry by Lodi artists. Several classes for adults and children are offered as well.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hill House Museum

826 S. Church St., Lodi


The Queen Anne Victorian house is a veritable history of Lodi. It was built for jeweler George W. Hill in 1901 and maintains its original furnishings. Items include watch repair tools, women’s clothing, a ceremonial sword and feather hat that George Washington Hill owned, a turn-of-the-20th-century Victrola and a Victorian baby crib.

Hours of operation: Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; other times by appointment.

The Serpentarium: A Living Reptile Museum

2379 Maggio Circle, Unit C, Lodi


The museum specializes in exotic snakes, lizards, tortoises, frogs, geckos and arachnids in natural habitat, including Splash, a 6-foot water monitor, and Crazy Legs, an 11-foot albino Burmese python. There is also a special “insect room.”

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Joseph Spenker Museum

Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 W. Turner Road, Lodi; 209-368-0880

The museum, part of one of Lodi’s major wineries, is a tin-roof barn with many items that depict agricultural life in Lodi in the 19th century.

Hours of operation: Seven days a week, noon to 5 p.m.

McFarland Ranch

8899 Orr Road, Galt


The living history ranch provides hands-on activities for children about farm life in the late 19th century. John McFarland, a Galt pioneer who gave Galt its name, lived on the ranch, which is between Galt and Thornton. Hosts an annual kite day in April.

Hours of operation: By reservation only. School field trips are available.

Rae House Museum

204 Oak Ave., Galt


Built by John Rae in 1868, the house is a restored Queen Anne that contains photographs and artifacts of the early days of Galt.

Hours of operation: First Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m., except when the first Sunday is part of a holiday weekend. Then it’s open the second Sunday of the month. Tours available by appointment.

Children’s Museum of Stockton

402 W. Weber Ave., Stockton


At the Children’s Museum of Stockton, children can be a doctor, news anchor, farmer or mailman as they explore real-world jobs and learn through play.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Field trips available by appointment.

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