Placerita Nature Center Museum (Santa Clarita)
Contains exhibits on the natural history of southern California, and there is a small collection of live animals. A network of self-guided nature, history and hiking trails radiates out into the park from the Center, with longer hikes leading to a seasonal waterfall to the top of the Santa Clarita Divide. Picnicking is available near the Nature Center. (There are more Nature Centers in the Nature Centers links section.)
The Nethercutt Collection is a world-class treasure house of prize winning automobiles, automobilia, mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture. The heart of the "Functional Fine Art" collection contains over 200 meticulously restored American and European automobiles dating from 1898-1982. (Sylmar, in northern San Fernando Valley)
William S. Hart Ranch and Museum
[July 2021 update - Temporarily closed]
Santa Clarita - The home of "Two Gun Bill," star and director of western films from the silent era, is displayed complete with personal effects and furnishings as well as his important collection of Native American artifacts and Western American art. Hart Park includes hiking trails, picnic areas, campground, and live animals, including a herd of bison.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (Simi Valley)
Perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views of mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean, this 100-acre site, 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, offers memorable experiences for people of all ages. Visitors can follow a young Ronald Reagan on his rise from local hero and college standout to the glamorous world of Hollywood stardom.
North Valley Museums (this page)