New, Interactive Space “Gone Camping” Opens at San Bernardino County Museum

By on June 21, 2018

In the days before air conditioning, local residents looked to the local mountains to escape the summer heat. But in the late 1800s as camping became increasingly popular, escaping to the mountains was an undertaking with limited transportation and a need for improved roads. But as transportation refined with the advent of both the automobile and paved roads, along with a new concept – leisure time – people turned to camping in the local mountains as a respite. The trend continues today.

For families – and especially children – wanting to experience camping without the need to pack tents, Coleman stoves, mosquito repellent or rent a cabin, the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum is opening a new, interactive space “Gone Camping” on Thursday, June 21.

“Camping has been a favorite American pastime since the late 1800s, and the San Bernardino Mountains have been a popular destination for locals and tourists to explore the outdoors,” said Jennifer Dickerson, the museum’s curator of history. “This interactive and immersive exhibit gives children the opportunity to discover all that camping has to offer. From sleeping in a tent to building and using a ‘campfire,’ our young explorers can have fun and learn some of the basics for their next camping trip.”

The SBC Board of Supervisors encourages the celebrating of arts, culture, and education in the county, as part of the Countywide Vision to create and reflect the quality of life of and for the county’s residents and visitors. The SBC Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs are part of the effort by the Board of Supervisors to further achieve the Countywide Vision.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children aged 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free.

For more information, visit or call 909-798-8605.