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Lindsay Wildlife Experience is a family museum and rehabilitation center in Walnut Creek, California, which used to be known as the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Lindsay is the first wildlife hospital in the United States and one of San Francisco East Bay's most famous family museums. Established in 1955 in Walnut Creek, the museum "connects people with wildlife in order to inspire responsibility and reverence for the environment we share." This museum contains several exhibits of California wildlife, specimens of natural history and a special theater which provides a view of one of the many treatment centers on wildlife.



Alexander Lindsay founded the Lindsay Wildlife Museum as the Junior Diablo Museum in 1955. It was named after Alexander Lindsay's 44-year-old death in 1962. He relocated to a pump house in Walnut Creek in 1965 in Larkey Park. The first formal wildlife rehabilitation program in the United States was initiated by the museum in 1970. In 1986, the City of Walnut Creek came to an end in operations, becoming a non-profit organization that operated independently. The next year "Junior," the Lindsay Museum, was dropped from the title. In 1993, the museum moved to an old museum near the old pump house, which was constructed in 28000 square feet (2600 m2). 

In 1993, the museum moved to an old museum near the old pump house, which was constructed in 28000 square feet (2600 m2). The Lindsay Wildlife Museum was named after three years later. In the last few years, a number of important new exhibits were added to the museum. Located behind the scenes Wildlife Hospital lets tourists watch the veterinarian with a big one-way view for a live veterinary procedure. Visitors will practically fly through Mount Diablo at Raptors and gage their arms against the wings of raptors.

In Autumn 2013, the Museum opened a new exhibit entitled The Burrow, which enables visitors to "underground" the wildlife world. In 2015, the museum renamed the Wildlife Experience of Lindsay.



The mission to connect people to the wildlife is to encourage awareness and appreciation for the environment we have in common. Lindsay Wildlife Experience The museum was founded in 1955 in order to educate children about natural sciences , especially wildlife and their habitats by local businessman Alexander Lindsay. The museum has established a constant collection of live California native wildlife and associated objects over the years. More than 100 000 people come to or attend one of our educational events through the doors of the museum every year. The museum has always been named as Best East Bay Museum and the Best Place to Work Force in the Bay Area by readers of the Bavarian Area Parent and Diablo Journal.

This amazing museum is perfect for active kids and is located near the following must-see museums near Walnut Creek, California:

  • Mount Diablo Summit Museum

  • Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts

  • Chabot Space & Science Center

  •  Shadelands Ranch Museum

  • Habitot Children's Museum

  • Lawrence Hall of Science

  • The Gardens at Heather Farm

  • Children's Creativity Museum

All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short drive from our location near Downtown Walnut Creek, California on Locust Street. Stop by for a visit anytime!

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