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The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.


Northern California for geeks

Both in San Francisco and beyond, Northern California offers lots of quirky fun for geeks in science, computer, food and movies.

For science geeks

Located at Pier 15 on the San Francisco waterfront, the Exploratorium is dedicated to making visitors think with its 600-odd interactive exhibits. Check out your 3-D reflection in a giant concave mirror or play with an electronic theremin to make bizarre whale-like noises.


Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco

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For computer geeks

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View marks its 20th anniversary in 2016. View everything from an orange Kitchen Computer, which cost $10,600 at Neiman-Marcus in 1969 and presaged the Internet, to an original Apple II from 1977. Pure nostalgia for anyone over age 35.

Computer History Museum

1401 North Shoreline Blvd , Mountain View

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For food geeks

Festooned with soccer scarves and colored glass bottles, the Cachagua General Store is only open for Sunday brunch and Monday dinner. Chef Michael Jones does inventive dishes like Amanda’s Furious Sesame Ginger Kale Salad and Berkshire Pork Loin Chops with Mango Chutney. It is well worth the drive to this remote Carmel Valley hideaway.

Cachagua General Store

18840 Cachagua Rd Carmel Valley

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For movie geeks

Film buffs should check out the Walt Disney Family Museum, housed in renovated brick barracks in the Presidio. Opened in 2009, it’s a serious, scholarly but fun ­tribute to the man whose namesake company now owns Star Wars. A true ­cinematic innovator, Walt Disney won more than 900 awards. Many are on display, including his 1938 Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which features seven miniature golden statuettes.

Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco

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