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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:05 pm | Updated: 10:06 am, Sat May 28, 2011.

The Lodi area has numerous museums and galleries:

Children’s Museum of Stockton

402 W. Weber Ave., Stockton, CA 95203


This museum is child-sized and recreated into a small city. It features hands-on, play-based exhibits designed for children to learn how the world works.

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.

Haggin Museum

1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, CA 95203


Located in Victory Park, the museum features art and history displays of late-19th-century American and European paintings and displays depicting local and regional history.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.; first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

Hill House Museum

826 S. Church St., Lodi, CA 95240


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.

Joseph Spenker Museum

Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 W. Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242


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.

The Knowlton Gallery

115 S. School St., No. 14, Lodi, CA 95240


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., and by appointment.

Lodi Community Art Center and Gallery

1373 Lakewood Mall on Ham Lane, Lodi, CA 95242


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.

McFarland Ranch

8899 Orr Road, Galt, CA 95632

This is a living history ranch that locals compare to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. It 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, CA 95632


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.

San Joaquin County Historical Museum

11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi, CA 95240


Located in Micke Grove Regional Park, the 40,000-square-foot museum contains items from the early days of San Joaquin County, donated by the estate of William G. and Julia Harrison Micke. The grounds also contain the Calaveras School built in 1866 and three other buildings. You can see a bunch of antique tractors there.

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.

The Serpentarium

A Living Reptile Museum

2379 Maggio Circle, Unit C, Lodi, CA 95240


The museum specializes in exotic snakes, lizards, tortoises, frogs, Geckos and arachnids in natural habitat. There is also a special “insect room.”

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

World of Wonders Science Museum

2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, CA 95240


Commonly known as the WOW Museum, Lodi’s newest museum focuses on science. It’s great for children and teens because it has extensive hands-on exhibits.

Hours of operation: Beginning June 1, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; otherwise open Friday, noon to 7 p.m. and weekends, 20 a.m. to 5 p.m. Field trips may be scheduled.

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