“Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” exhibit opens at SBC Museum

By on October 9, 2019

Scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once lived in California, perhaps the densest population of brown bears on the continent. Although the brown bear is best known now as depicted on the California state flag, the California grizzly had vanished by the early 1900s.

The San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum is now commemorating the brown grizzly bear – and allowing for in in-depth look at the bear’s life, lifestyle and demise – with the exhibit, “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly.” The exhibit is now open through Sunday, Nov. 24. The exhibit celebrates the characteristics of that which we know about the grizzly – its independence, adaptability, resourcefulness, intelligence, and strong maternal care.

Since the mid-1800s, the grizzly has been used as an icon, advertiser and entertainer, making the image of the bear a familiar one to most people. Little physical evidence remains of the grizzly bears that once roamed California. Many of the museum’s mammal collection were a donation from John C. Belcher, and a beautifully preserved, significant grizzly specimen from that collection of North American mammals is prominently featured at the entry to the Bear in Mind exhibit.

The Bear in Mind exhibit is one of many at the SBC Museum and reflects the SBC Board of Supervisors’ effort to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. The Bear in Mind exhibit is included with a regular admission to the SBC Museum.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for recognized holidays. General admission to the museum is: $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students with identification, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free.

The SBC Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. For additional information visit the museum at: www.sbcounty.gov/museum or by calling: 909-798-8605.