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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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The Museum Will Be Closed Friday Only to Prepare for our Annual Members Party.  

We will reopen on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

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Upcoming Events:

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Members’ Holiday Party – Friday, December 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.



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Sunday, December 4
3:00 p.m.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
$20 / $25 Balcony

The Festival Consort, celebrating its fortieth year performing renaissance music, will be presenting its much anticipated “Renaissance Glory” concert at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum on Sunday, December 4 at 3 PM.

Medieval and Renaissance songs, familiar traditional carols, a six-part Ave Maria by Josquin Desprez, variations on the familiar German
song Nun komm der Heyden Heyland, and instrumental works by Victoria, Marenzio and Hassler.


Carol Menke, soprano, Chris Fritzsche, countertenor, with instrumentalists David Hogan Smith, Joanna Bramel Young, Alan Paul and Robert Cronin playing recorders, crumhorns, schreyerpfeifen, guitar, sackbut, dougaine, shawms, and introducing a new set of alto and tenor renaissance bassoons (curtals).  Robert Cronin built the shawms and curtals performed on the program.

Downstairs Seating: $20
Limited Balcony Seating $25

We have ended online sales, but we still have seats available at the door! Please come to the Museum at least 30 minutes before Concert Time.  Cash or checks made out to Petaluma Museum Association are preferable. Thanks and See You There!

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Our Current 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

The Museum’s collection of Dolls and Wooden Toys, “Theme Trees” and other collectables from Museum Members

Children bring your parents to see the toys!
Free – Donations Welcome

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Musical Mondays:

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.

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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

Series One: From Pythagoras to the High Baroque:
Mondays from 10:30  am -12 Noon


November 28:  The Ancient World

Musical modes and Healing, Comedy and Tragedy, Apollo, Dionysus, the Myth of Orpheus, the Harmony of the Spheres,  how Pythagoras laid the foundations for Gregorian chant and St. Benedict.


December 5: Monks, Mysteries and Merriment in the Middle Ages

Pilgrim Songs for the Santiago Compostella and the Black Madonna, Hildegard von Bingen,  the Notre Dame School of Music, Carmina  Burana


December 12: From Renaissance Chapels to Courtesans’ Chambers

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


December 19: The Glories of the High Baroque

Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Scarlatti


Early Bird Special:
Series One Tickets: $80 for the four part lecture-series, available until November 21

Regular Series:
$100 for the four part lecture-performance series available after November 21

Individual tickets:
Available for $30.00 on a space-available basis at the door

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.

To purchase tickets, go to

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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, Nancy Severance – viola, and Peter Wyrick – cello 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
(On or After Dec. 21): $50.00


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


Reserve your Seat Online!

Or call us at 707-778-4398


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


New Years Eve Ball – A Night In Vienna

Dec. 31, 8:30 pm – 12:30 am, Jan. 1 2017
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 To Reserve: $150


Reserve Online Now!

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

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

For More Information call (707) 583-3340 or




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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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