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The Circus Center in San Francisco is the only academic institute to train clowns and other circus professionals in the country. Beginning in 1984 as a part of the Pickle Family Circus' workshop that teaches children circus skills, the concept gained huge popularity. Soon regular classes started being conducted here. Till date, there are several training programs for adults and children training them in skills such as acrobatics, juggling and of course, clowning. The institute also serves as a venue for circus performances many times a year.
The Museum of Vision aims at highlighting the importance of one of our sensory organs, the eye. From humble beginnings, with just one exhibition in 1982, this museum has come a long way to being a prominent establishment as the Museum of Vision. The exhibits at this museum captures the science of ophthalmology, right from its inception and also includes advancements in the field. Ancient surgical instruments, eye amulets, spectacles, eye masks and much more are part of the collection on display. Booking an appointment before your visit is highly recommended.
Santa Rosa native Robert Ripley, born in 1893, became an internationally famous traveler, artist, and storyteller known as a collector of the world's most unusual oddities. At the San Francisco Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, that bears his name, you can view exhibits of Ripley's early cartoons, see Believe It or Not! collections, and buy collector's books, and videos of Ripley's greatest works. From weird inventions to human abnormalities to an eight-foot cable car made of matchsticks, it is entertaining for people of all ages.
This statue of the diminutive, green Jedi master graces the entrance to the Lucasfilm offices in San Francisco's Presidio. Sitting atop a fountain, Yoda Statue was sculpted by artist and long-time Star Wars fan Lawrence Noble, who also created the Yoda statue on Lucas's Skywalker Ranch. Die-hard fans will definitely want to make the trip to this sci-fi shrine.
A penny for your thoughts? In addition to a melange of penny structures, this quirky, offbeat museum has a variety of interesting gadgets and knick-knacks. A must-see is the toothpick amusement park, built by San Quentin inmates. Bring a handful of quarters to Musée Mécanique so you can play some of the antique games, including the miniature pinball machines. Visiting the museum is free of charge.
Get ready to get lost in your reflection! Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is a unique attraction where you navigate your way through a mirror maze lit up by black lights and fluorescent colors. Race towards the exit or take your time and snap photos as you go. Getting lost is half the fun!