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Preserving the Unique History of Petaluma and Providing Educational and Cultural Services to the Community

20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
(Corner of 4th and B Street)



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Our Current Exhibit:

El Dia De Los Muertos

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!!

Opens October 1 – November 6, 2016
Dates Open:  Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – Noon – 3:00
Suggested Donation $5.00

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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


Our Next Exhibit:


Antique Toy Exhibit

Sunday, November 20 – Sunday, December 18
Hours:  Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – Noon – 3:00

Antique dolls and wooden toys from the PMA collection and other sources
Suggested Donation $5.00




Myth, Music and Philosophy
at the Petaluma Historical Museum
With Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D.

Join celebrated music historian and pianist Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D for a series of inspiring and enlightening lecture-performances that trace the evolution of both sacred and secular Western Classical music from Ancient Greece to Contemporary America.
A portion of the class proceeds of each class will go to supporting Simply Strings, the Santa Rosa Symphony’s music education in the schools program.

Series One: From Pythagoras to the Creatures of Prometheus: 600 BC-1801
Mondays from 10 am -12 Noon

November 28: The Ancient World

From Apollo, Dionysus and Pythagoras to Benedictine Chant, Hildegard von Bingen and the Notre Dame Cathedral School

December 5: From Renaissance Chapels to Courtesans’ Chambers

Allegri, Lassus, Tallis, Palestrina, Barbara Strozzi, Monteverdi and the birth of Opera

December 12: The Glories of the High Baroque

Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Domenico Scarlatti

December 19: The Classical Era

Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

Series One Tickets: $80 for the four part lecture-series
Individual tickets available for $25.00 on a space-available basis at the door

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Series Two (January and February 2017, Dates TBA):

From Beethoven Through Brahms (1800- 1897)

Series Three (March and April, Dates TBA):

The Birth of Impressionism and Modernism (1890- 1940)

Series Four (Summer, Dates TBA):

The Contemporary World (1940-2010)

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is the music historian in residence for the Santa Rosa Symphony and a frequent lecturer for the San Francisco Opera. A passionate scholar, Dr. Asbo is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning. She has been a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, and regularly teachesfor the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to Contemporary Classical Music have been hailed as “inspirational”, “fascinating and compelling”, “transformational” and “truly life changing”.

“Kayleen’s gift for making classical music come alive is nothing short of breath-taking.
I leave every class with my mind on fire and my heart burning with inspiration and hope”
– Osher Lifelong Learning Student Evaluation


Plan Your Magical New Year’s Eve!
Friday, December 31, 2016
Two Stellar Events!
Start At the Petaluma Museum
The New Year’s Eve Gala Concert

New Years Eve Gala High Res

Saturday, December 31, 2016
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th & B)

8’th Annual New Year’s Eve Concert/Gala

Join us for our  8th Annual New Years’ Eve Gala concert, presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association, as we kick off the New Year!

Each year’s “Gala Concert” has been a sensation and has become a New Year’s Eve tradition, not only for Petalumans, but also for residents of nearby towns wishing to bring in the New Year with inspired artistry and great “live” classical music.

Without having to drive to San Francisco, San Francisco comes to us, as a number of the performing string players are beloved high-caliber musicians from the San Francisco Symphony. Yun Chu, violin; Shu-Yi Pai, cello and Nancy Severance, viola, have been performing at this venue since the series inception in 2010, with Elizabeth Walter, pianist – the series creator and coordinator. This ensemble has been acclaimed for their insightful interpretation and marvelous cohesion.  This year we are being joined by Karen Clark, mezzo-soprano.

Seeing the need for local high-quality classical music events, Elizabeth Walter, in conjunction with Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association, have provided the community with many outstanding and inspiring concerts.

We encourage you to get your tickets early, as this event has sold out in past years. See you there!

Early Bird Reservations (downstairs)
(Before Dec. 21) : $40.00
(After Dec. 21): $50.00


(Limited) Early Bird Balcony Seating with Elite Beverage Service
(Before Dec. 21): $60.00
(After Dec. 21): $70.00

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Afterwards, Dance the Night Away at the Hermann Sons’ Hall


New Years Eve Ball – A Night In Vienna

8:30 pm – 12:30 am, Jan. 1 2016
Hermann Sons’ Hall
860 Western Ave.,

A magical New Year’s Eve in Vienna! Buffet style gourmet dinner with many traditional Viennese dishes & desserts. Enjoy listening and dancing to Strauss Waltzes with live orchestra ‘til midnight! Fine wines and Champagne toast to celebrate the New Year! Benefits Sky Hill Cultural Alliance-bringing high quality classical music to our community.  Black Tie Optional.

Cost: $150
Special Price for PMA Members – $125.00!
(Members – Please make checks payable to Sky Hill Institute)


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Presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance in Conjunction with the San Francisco Waltzing Society.

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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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