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Marin Treks Natural History Museum
1559 S Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947
Marin Treks Natural History Museum is a museum located in Novato. The museum's exhibits focus on nature and are targetedMore at children. Marin Treks has been host to countless field trips and other after-school programming. The museum also offers to bring guest speakers to teachers' classrooms to run fun and educational programs. The museum hosts exhibits on topics such as geology, weather patterns, insects, mammals, astronomy and dinosaurs. Private events, such as children's birthday parties, can be held at the museum.
Marin Museum of The American Indian
2200 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947
Marin Museum of The American Indian is a small museum located adjacent to Miwok Park, which is the actual site of aMore Miwok Village. The museum features Native American artifacts and reference materials and helps educate more than 6,000 elementary school students yearly. It also has a nice gift shop and memberships.
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
500 Palm Dr, Novato, CA 94949
Located in the heart of Hamilton, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is dedicated to exemplary works made by localMore artists. Since 2000, MMOCA has offered classes and workshops in ceramics, portrait and figure drawing, painting and more. There are also art classes for children. Exhibitions feature local prominent artists when possible. Each summer, the museum hosts a Summer National Juried Exhibition for artists 18 and older. There's also an annual Fund Raising Exhibition and Auction. Admission is free and it takes about an hour to view the museum's exhibits. The museum cafe is next door.
Novato History Museum & Archives
815 de Long Ave, Novato, CA 94945

The Novato History Museum and Archives was founded in 1976 and is supported by the Novato Historical Guild and theMore city government. It's not a big museum -- basically one good-sized room and other artifacts around the premises -- but the displays are first-rate and capture life the way it was decades earlier. The curator is Samantha Kimpel, who is also in charge of the Hamilton Field History Museum, which opened in 2010.

The house where the museum is located is one of the original homes of Novato, built around 1850. It is at the corner of De Long and Sherman avenues, just across De Long from Novato City Hall. Admission is free and special school and group tours can be arranged outside of normal operating hours.

Academy Studios
70 Galli Dr, Novato, CA 94949
Academy Studios designs and builds museum exhibits for clients across the country. Its team of writers, graphicMore designers, painters, sculptors and model-makers builds elements of these exhibits in a 40,000-square-foot facility. The studio’s clients include the Academy of Sciences, the Akron Zoo, Alcatraz Cruises and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
Miwok Park
2200 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947

Like Pioneer Park, a half mile away, Miwok Park is popular and heavily used by the residents who live on Novato'sMore west side. Part of the reason is the presence of the Marin Museum of the American Indian, situated in a building at the center of the park. The small museum is a destination spot for countless classes from nearby schools and a cultural gem for the city.

The parking lot on Novato Boulevard is often full, and there aren't opportunities to park along the busy thoroughfare. Nearby residential street parking is the only option on busy days.

A two-acre grassy area in front of the museum is often used for volleyball games, picnics and festivals. A canopy of trees provide shade over a relatively new playground to the side of the museum. There are courts for bocce and horseshoes, and lots of barbecue pits as well. A creek runs through the park and provides chances to observe wildlife. 

The main park area, which is available for rent, only shows off a fraction of the 38 acres. The forested park stretches back into the San Marin neighborhood and has a second entry way on San Miguel Way. Residents of the nearby Parkhaven complex can take a trail to Miwok Park's main area.

Hamilton Field History Museum
555 Hangar Ave, Novato, CA 94949

The newest museum in Novato, the Hamilton Field History Museum, opened in May 2010 and drew many airmen who onceMore served at the former air base. The grand opening took place on the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Hamilton Field. The base was operational from 1935 to 1974, first as an Army Air Corps field and later as a station for the U.S. Air Force. Hamilton is named after a World War I flier from Marin who was killed in action in France.

The museum, a rebuilt firehouse erected in 1934, was renovated by a crew of volunteers and was years in the making. It is a joint venture between the city and the Novato Historical Guild. Inside are hundreds of artifacts from the base's heyday, including photos, uniforms, pins, medals and a cockpit simulator. There is a library and research center full of books, posters and videos. Volunteers, curators and docents actively seek additional items from the public to place on display.

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