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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: April 2 Through May 21:

A Call To Arms
World War One: A Petaluma Perspective

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On April 6th, 1917, the United States of America declared war on Germany joining World War I.  At that time, hundreds of Petaluma boys registered for the draft, and over seventy five Petaluma men and women answered the call to go serve their country abroad.  They joined over four million men and women who answered the call to fight in the Great War.  This April, on the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into the war, we honor their sacrifice.  We will be showcasing information and artifacts about World War I.  Focusing on America’s participation as a whole as well as a Petaluma Perspective through music, letters, newspapers and more.


Hours: Thursday through Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 3:00 pm
Donation $5.00


Grand Opening
Sunday, April 2 at 1:00 PM
Serving Coffee, Tea & Donuts

Documentary: The Christmas Truce
Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 pm

Documentary: The Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm

John Martini, Historian
Lecure on the Bay Area during World War I
Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 pm

Skip Sommer, Historian
Lecture on the sinking of the SS Tuscania as seen by Ezekiel Denman McNear
Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm


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April 29 at Noon
Butter & Egg Days Parade

Parade kicks off at noon – 4th & D St.
Members enjoy seating on Museum Steps – come early and cheer wildly!

At the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma

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Historic Downtown Walking Tours

May through October
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the Steps to the Museum
Led by costumed docents
Free – Donations accepted

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Jubilee Klezmer Concert

Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:00 pm
At the Museum
20 4th Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th and B Streets)

Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble presents a concert of Old World klezmer music from Eastern Europe, the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews, with influences from the Gypsy (Romani), Greek and Turkish musical cultures. Klezmer music with its joyful, exuberant melodies and intricate rhythms, celebrates and exemplifies the indomitable vibrancy of the human spirit. The ensemble will also explore songs of love and longing from the lesser known tradition of the Sephardic Jews, who were expelled from Spain and Portugal in the 15th century, and then immigrated to North Africa and the Middle East.

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Or call us at 707-778-4398

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Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis

Saturday May 27, 2017
7:30 pm
Join us for a magical evening!

$25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Balcony Seating With Elite Beverage Service: $40.
Free to Students.

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Once again, world-renowned virtuoso pianist, Jura Margulis returns May 27th to the North Bay with a powerful and uplifting performance to inspire audiences of all ages.


Margulis has developed quite a loyal and dedicated following and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy this concert in the beautiful and acoustically superior Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association have been working together for over eight years, bringing high-quality classical music to Petaluma.



Margulis will play his ninth concert on the legendary Henry F. Miller concert grand, which is currently housed in the Petaluma Museum. His first performance on this piano was at the Charles M. Schultz Museum in 2009. This piano was built in Boston in 1899 and has been magnificently restored by JB Piano Company in San Rafael.


Margulis will be playing works by Scarlatti, Scriabin and Brahms.  

Access the Program Here

Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese.

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Saturday, June 17 2017

Save the Date!

PMA Fundraiser at the Hotel Petaluma.

“From Steam Punk to Speak Easy”
More information coming soon!

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Summer Myth and Music Academy


Join celebrated cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D  for a three week Summer Academy of Myth, Music and Art exploring the theme of Men Behaving Badly. Come for the morning session on Mozart’s opera, enjoy lunch in charming downtown Petaluma and then savor the visual delights of an afternoon series on Rodin’s sculptures.


Scandals and Scoundrels
Monday Mornings
10:30 – 12:00

The three Mozart-Da Ponte Operas are considered masterpieces of operatic literature; witty, fully human, with marvelous characters and unforgettable melodies. The “behind-the-scenes” story of their creation is every bit as dramatic as the action on stage–including a consultation with Casanova himself!

June 5:  Marriage of Figaro
June 12: Cosi fan Tutte
June 19: Don Giovanni
Musical guests Amy White, Bonnie Brooks and Jason Byer will bring Mozart’s magnificent arias and duets to life.

This series is recommended to deepen the experience for the San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Don Giovanni.


Rodin: Scandals in Stone
Afernoons:  1:30 – 3:00

To celebrate Rodin ‘s centenary, we’ll explore the dramatic story of his life.  Born in poverty, Rodin struggled well into midlife and his life was marked by continual love scandals.  His style–raw and  emotionally real–flew in the face of the quest for surface prettiness of his time and are now hailed as a turning point in 20th century art. We’ll trace the profound impact of both Dante and Michelangelo on shaping the imagination of the mature Rodin as he sought to sculpt in stone works that gave expression to the depth of human passion and despair.

June 5: Rodin’s Early Years and Michelangelo’s Influence
June 12: Love, Lust and The Gates of Hell
June 19: Sacrifice and Surrender: The Burghers of Calais

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“Kayleen Asbo is a force of nature. She has the rare ability not to just educate and entertain-but also to inspire”
Alan Silow, President of the Santa Rosa Symphony

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July 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Join the PMA for this annual tradition!
Free and Open to All!

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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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