If you have kids in San Francisco, or in nearby SF Bay Area towns, you’ve probably been to the Randall Museum. It’s a “go-to” option for families looking for healthy, fun & educational children’s activities in the city.
Perched high atop Corona Heights, the Randall Museum has a spectacular panoramic view from north-east to south-east.
But that’s not all that makes the museum special. Compared to the high-priced California Academy of Science, Exploratorium & Bay Area Discover Museum, Randall visitors enjoy a more-human scale, a warmer, more approachable feeling, and a $0 entry fee. For many non-affluent San Francisco families, “free” means “accessible.” For more-affluent families, it’s easy to forget that these higher priced museums are out of reach for many middle class families.
This year’s big news: Randall Museum Friends board and staff, along with SF Rec. & Park staff formed a team to land a big $5.5 million grant from the State Parks Department. The size of this grant will transform the Randall more than any single change since the Randall vacated the old city jail it used to occupy!
The San Francisco Chronicle’s story yesterday summarizes the history of the Randall, and the effect the grant will have. This quick read also mentions some of the great programming at the museum. The article touches on the political opposition in San Francisco to kid-friendly activities, and to many programs important average families in the city.
Of course you can support the museum directly by visiting the Randall Museum Friends webpage. Just a little support goes a long way here.
And as big fans of the Randall Museum, our family couldn’t be happier about this wonderful new grant!
By the way, check out the amazing Yelp reviews on the Randall Museum: we’re not the only ones who love it!