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Preserving the Unique History of Petaluma and Providing 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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We are Currently Closed.


Our Next Exhibit “El Dia de Los Muertos” Opens with an Artist Reception on Saturday, October 1 – 6:00 pm.  Please see below for more information


Altar Making Workshop


Sunday, September 25, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
(Corner of 4th and B Streets)

Come join us as we offer a workshop on altar making with the opportunity to see an altar created by the Quintas family of Oaxaca. Learn to create an ofrenda or altar, the heart of the celebration of El Día de los Muertos. Join the Quintas family to learn the traditional parts of the altar and ways to honor, through altar making, loved ones who have died.

Also featured will be The Art of Paper Flower Making with Gloria McCallister.  Learn how to make paper Cempazuchitl flowers (marigolds) and more.


This year’s image is the master piece of Carlos Villez a Latino artist from San Jose, born in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Se ve hermosa Carlos Villez!!

Artists Reception
Saturday, October 1, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for the Artists Reception for the art exhibition Colores de la Vida – Colors of Life Curated by Israel Escudero.  Featuring the work of Latino Artists in the Bay Area, a community altar, and traditional altars.  We will have a lecture, music, food and refreshments.


Join Us in a Fun Evening of  Tequila Pairing.


Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street (Corner of 4th and B St.)
Reservations: $60 each/$100 pair
Reservations in Advance Only 

The evening begins at 6:00pm in the main hall of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum.  This classic historical site creates a perfect atmosphere for your enjoyment of a professionally guided tasting tour of five different varieties of Tequila, accompanied with notes and anecdotes on the spirits’ related region and process.

Each selected Tequila will be accompanied by a plate specially prepared by Preferred Sonoma Caterers to complement that spirit.

This event is sponsored by Wilibees Wines & Spirits, Preferred Sonoma Caterers and JRB Event Services.

Tickets:  $60 each / $100 pair
Reservations available in advance only.  This event will sell out!


Online Reservations Available Here!


Wilibees wines and spiritsPreferred Sonoma CaterersJRB Event Services



Poetry of Remembrance
Friday, October 14, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 pm

An evening of bilingual poetry will include featured poets and community readers.  Potluck dinner.


Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Saturday, October 29, 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The procession starts at Water Street Bistro and ends at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum on 20 4th St.  Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars, and much more.


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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Annual Cemetery Tour

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Cypress Hill Memorial Park
430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma

Susan Coolidge-Clara McNear
Featuring the Petalumans of Yesteryear

Purchase Tickets Online Here!

$10 for member of the PMA, $15 for all others.
Children 12 and under are free.

Enjoy a quiet stroll as you visit the resting places of various of Petalumas past luminaries. Their stories will be told by docents dressed in period piece garb. Comfortable shoes suggested.

The Petalumans of Yesteryear return to reflect on lilfe in the 19th century Petaluma. Presenting their life story at their respective gravesites will be:

Capt. Baylis, early river captain
The McNears – Ida Bell, Clara and John McNear
Issac Wickersham, Esq., lawyer and entrepreneur
Professor and Sarah Lippitt, lawyer and educator
Brainerd Jones, Petaluma’s renowned architect
Addie Atwater, early civic leader
Lyman Byce, Petaluma Incubator Company
William Howard Pepper, founder Pepper kindergarten

Tour begins at the Cypress Hill office parking lot –
Cypress Hill Memorial Park, 430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma at 10:30 a.m.
We will walk from gravesite to gravesite, and listen to these costumed Petaluma Pioneers tell their life stories.

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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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