Day trip from San Francisco

Discussion in 'California' started by travelkfi, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. travelkfi

    travelkfi New Member

    A good day trip from San Francisco is to take the ferry to Vallejo. It has a good museum in the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin. It has a working periscope and much information about the city and Mare Island. There are many other exhibits worth visiting.

    Another interesting place is the McCune Rare Book and Art Collection located at the JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St, Vallejo, CA 94590.

    The McCune is a collection of rare books and art prints. There is a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1450), six other books printed before 1501, William Morris' Kelmscott Chaucer (1896) with illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, the Baskerville Bible (1763), the Doves Bible (1903), and many other rare books by famous publishers/printers such as Ashendene Press, Baskerville Press, Doves Press, Kelmscott Press, Golden Cockerel Press, as well as early printers from the 15th -18th Century.

    They also have an 1852 Albion Press with which they plan to start a printing program. Their art collection includes many portfolios by Henry Evans, especially his botanical prints and many other prints by artists he worked with.

    There is a complete collection of the books of the Book Club of California, and many editions by the Nonesuch Press and Grabhorn Press. In addition, there are many books and early magazines about the printing process. It also has a good collection of early Latin works and California history.

    Entrance to the McCune Collection is free. It is presently only open on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month but you can set up a free private tour even on days and hours that the collection is normally closed.

    This is a good alternative if one does not what to spend money but would like to be entertained. The collection is downtown, a short walk from the Vallejo ferry terminal, and a few blocks from the Vallejo Maritime and Historical Museum.

    This is one of the rare gems of the San Francisco Bay area. I have spent many an hour examining their collection and they always seemed happy to have someone take notice of it.
  2. Ruby

    Ruby Guest

    Other top attractions in the vallejo area include:

    - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom which is a combination theme park, oceanarium and wildlife park that features zany "Zonga," a twisted mega-coaster with four full-circle, tilt-loop inversions.

    - Marine World Africa USA is a park of over 160 acres of marine and land animal exhibits, which also features robotic dinosaurs.

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