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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, 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.

PF70325_JohnParkman - Baby 1-year-old son of Diane Askew & Breck Parkman

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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Heritage Homes Biennial Tour

Tourbook 2016 Cover

September 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets now available here:


Purchase Your Tickets for the September 18th HH Home Tour Online Here!

Physical tickets will be available in early September at the Museum and Rex Hardware

Price: $25 before the event
$30 on the day of the tour.
Children 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult.

This year’s tour will feature seven residences–one designed by renowned architect Albert Farr, another by Petaluma’s Brainerd Jones–and one large, newly renovated commercial building.

Tour-goers will view the building interiors to marvel at the architecture of yesteryear and see how Petalumans live today in their historic residences.

Docents will explain details and talk to you about the history of the buildings. Included in the price of the ticket is a collectible book full of photographs, stories about the houses and more information about HH&L.

The first stop is the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. You can pick up your ticket and collectible book there, and continue on with your tour at your own leisure and pace. Bring a friend – tickets will also be available at the Museum on the day of the tour for $30.00. 

Please wear comfortable, soft soled shoes (to protect the floors of the homes) and enjoy your tour!


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September 18, 5:00 p.m. – At The Museum

Iris Jamahl Dunkle will be reading with student poets of Sonoma County history.
This event is free to all.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her second poetry book, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County, CA, and was published in November 2015 by Word Tech Editions. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay to win the 2012 Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her third collection, “Interrupted Geographies,” will be published in 2017. Her poetry, essays and creative non-fiction have been published widely in numerous publications including Fence, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet’s Market 2013, JMWW, and Chicago Quarterly Review. Her essay, “Yellow Dahlias” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently co-writing a new biography on Jack London’s wife, Charmian Kittredge London. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference and currently resides with her family in Northern California.

Emcee: John Johnson

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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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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

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

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

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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.

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