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Museum and Exhibits

Ardenwood Historic Farm Exhibits

A visit to Ardenwood Historic Farm is a journey back to the time of the Patterson Ranch - a prosperous, 19th-century country estate including a beautiful mansion and its elaborate Victorian Gardens. Patterson House tours are led by docents dressed in 19th century clothing. For tour schedule, visit Ardenwood Historic Farm page. Today the Historic Farm exhibits agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower.

In Ardenwood Historic Farm, visit the blacksmith shop to feel the forge's heat and hear the clang of metal on metal. Children will see how horseshoes and wagon parts were made "in the old days." Look for vintage equipment, farm animals, and farm-craft demonstrations in the shed. For information about the blacksmith shop, visit Ardenwood Forge website. For shop hours, visit Ardenwood Historic Farm page. 

Greathouse Visitor Center Exhibits

The Greathouse Visitor Center at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve contains displays, photographs, videos, brochures, and artifacts depicting the park's 19th-century coal and 20th-century sand mining eras. Greathouse Visitor Center Hours.

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

The Golden State Model Railroad Museum, at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline has 10,000 square feet of N, HO. and O scale model railroads located in Point Richmond. During the months of April through December, the museum is open and trains are running every Sunday from Noon-5 p.m. The museum is also open Saturdays from Noon-5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., but there won't be any trains running. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve/Day and New Years Eve when those days fall on Saturday, Sunday, or Wednesday. Admission fees are: $4 per adult; $2 for seniors and children under 12; $7 for families. Fees are subject to change. For information, call (510) 234-4884 or (510) 758-6288 or visit their web site at

The exhibits at Black Diamond's Greathouse Visitor Center  The Golden State Model Railroad Museum at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline  Ardenwood's Blacksmith Demostration