The Children's Natural History Museum was built from Wes Gordon's personal collection. If you recognize the name, that's probably because the Harvard professor and a group of young students—later dubbed "boy paleontologists"—unearthed some famous fossils in Irvington in the 1940s. In Irvington's Bell Quarry, they spent a decade digging up the skeletons of mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats, short-faced cave bears, wolves, giant sloths, and other animals who lived during the Ice Age. The well-preserved fossils were scattered at various museums throughout the area, and today many of them live at the Children's Natural History Museum in Fremont.
One Yelp reviewer calls this museum a "hidden gem," saying kids can get up close and personal with the fossils here. Most guests come on school field trips to see not only the Ice Age fossils, but also the Rock and Mineral Hall, Hall of Small Wonders, and Miller StarDome. More recent additions to the museum include a classroom that can hold 80, a Shell Hall, and a life-sized model of a saber-toothed cat.
Children's Natural History Museum
4072 Eggers Drive
Fremont, CA 94536