Mission Statement:
To preserve the heritage of Petaluma, to protect its artifacts and to provide educational and cultural services to the Community
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20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
(Corner of 4th and B Street)

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Our Current Exhibit:

“Tribal Voices”
June 3 – August 28, 2016

White Shadow-Becky Olvera Schultz
©White Shadow – Becky Olvera Schultz

Typically arranged chronologically, geographically, or by medium, exhibitions of Native Art have almost exclusively focused on either historical or contemporary works, with very little mixing of the two.  Tribal Voices” prompts visitors to see the links and continuities within the vast panorama of Native American art and artifacts, and to consider it with fresh eyes. Our intention is to shift how Native Art culture is exhibited and discussed.


 Spirit Dancer-Christine Cobaugh
©Spirit Dancer – Christine Cobaugh

Featuring Native American art from Christine Cobaugh, Becky Olvera Schultz, displays from the Museum of the American Indian, artifacts from the collection of Dan Brown, interpretive panels from Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria,  and more.

Our Regular Hours:

Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday – 12-3
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation


Exhibit Related Special Events

Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 pm
Pomo Youth Dancers

Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 pm
Speaker Nicole Myers-Lim – “A Profile of California Indian History.”  Nicole is the Executive Director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa.  Nicole talks about the lives, culture and traditions of native people from Sonoma County and the mpact of colonization on tribal groups throughout the state.

Sunday, August 21 at 1:00 pm
Speaker Breck Parkman, RPA, Senior State Archeologists and Tribal Liason, California State Parks, Bay area & Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Districts will speak on “Stone Age Economics.” A look at four basic “business” concepts found among local California tribes, during Pre-Contact times: Wealth (obsidian trade), Productivity (basketry), Growth (acorn technology), and Globalization (shell bead money).


All events are Free – Donations Appreciated


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Annual 4th of July Bell-Ringing Ceremony


Monday, July 4th, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Meet at the steps to the Museum
20 4th Street, Petaluma 
Actual Sounding of the Bell: 11:00

Free and fun for the entire family!

Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards adjourn to the museum’s garden court for cookies, lemonade and conversation with the Petalumans of Yesteryear.

More about the history of the bell ringing here!

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Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Led by costumed docents

Walking Tours

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
May Through October
Meet at the steps to the Museum
Corner of 4th and B Streets in Petaluma
Free; donations welcome 

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Museum Location and Hours

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is located at 20 Fourth Street, in downtown Petaluma, CA 94952.  (707) 778-4398

Hours Thursday through Saturday:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Petaluma Historical Museum ~ 20 Fourth Street ~ Petaluma, CA 94952 ~ (707) 778-4398

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