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**During renovations** our live animal exhibit is 745 Treat Ave. (between 20th and 21st street). Programs held at 4 locations throughout the city. Renovation details @ by Josephine Randall, San Francisco's 1st Superintendent of Recreation, Randall Museum strives to inspire creativity, curiosity, and appreciation of the world around us. In addition to housing interactive science, art, & natural history exhibits, we offer classes in art, ceramics, science/technology, woodworking, & cooking.
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Randall MuseumThursday, November 16th, 2017 at 7:00am
Wildlife Wednesday:

November is the month of returning waterfowl. A dozen or more species of ducks can be seen on the San Francisco Bay, off the beach and on freshwater lakes.

Look for bird hikes to waterfowl areas with your local Audubon Chapter.

Some species to look for: American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Green-Winged Teal, Ring-Necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Surf Scoter and Hooded Merganser.

Pictured: Hooded Merganser
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Randall MuseumThursday, November 9th, 2017 at 1:16pm

A familiar sight at our local tide pools is the Purple "Ochre Sea Star" (Pisaster ochraceus). It is called a “keystone species”. “Keystone” = very important creature! In the ecosystem of the tide pools, the ochre star is a fierce predator of mussels and keeping that population in check. Without these sea stars the biodiversity of the tide pools would be in danger.
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Randall MuseumThursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 4:00am
More new animals are joining our educational live animal crew in the Urban Animal exhibit! Here we have three new domestic chickens, a Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red and an Ancona. They are only a few months old and are visibly working out their pecking order, so far the Rhode Island Red is taking control!
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Randall MuseumFriday, October 27th, 2017 at 5:56am

Saturday, October 28 is the last day the Randall Museum live animal exhibit at the Mission Arts Center will be open. The caretakers will be moving the animals back to our home location at the Randall Museum on Corona Heights. This is happening now so that the animals have ample time to adjust to their new homes.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to having the Randall Museum in full operation later this Winter. Stay tuned for the opening date announcement.

Please send any questions or concerns to
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Randall MuseumThursday, October 26th, 2017 at 5:57am
Our Sea Anemone is having a baby!!! Well no, but sort of...

If you look close you can see this Sea Anemone is splitting and moving away from its "bud."

Sea anemones that reproduce asexually through longitudinal or binary fission split in half along their length to make two fully-formed individuals. When sea anemones reproduce through pedal laceration, pieces of their pedal disc, their central support, break off, settle and grow into new anemones. Because sea anemones are mostly sedentary, parents and offspring grow near each other, forming colonies that sometimes live and grow for decades.

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STEAM in Spain

I recently took a trip to Spain, starting out in Barcelona and finishing in the coastal towns on the Bay of Biscay. Having STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) running through my veins, all I could see was “making” through the ages as I toured...

Birding in the Bay Area

This month’s insight is brought to you by Dominik Mosur, Randall Museum Animal Keeper and Birder Extraordinaire. “Birding or birdwatching is many things to many people. For most it is a pleasurable hobby, for some it is an often competitive game and for a few it...

It Takes a Village

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Ceramics Self-Discovery

This month I interviewed Tomoko Nakazato, ceramics instructor extraordinaire at Randall Museum and beyond. This month we thoughtfully reflect on the act of creating art with clay and the extensive effects it has on the artist. The topic came to mind as I was thinking...

Are Science Fairs worth all the STRESS?!

As scientific research is constantly changing, so is the nature of science education. Yet one educational method has stood the test of time and continues to be an effective learning tool, the science fair project. I assume that for those who are not scientifically...

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