The Museum is Currently Closed

Saturday Docent Tours at 10:30 will continue as usual.
Research Questions?  Please call us at 778-4398


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We will reopen on September 21 with our new exhibit:

Petaluma Viticulture History & Heritage:
Celebration of Wine & Community

September 21 to December 29, 2014

Ginger Irwin, “Petaluma Vineyards

Co-curated by Jim McCormick and Paula Freund, this exhibit chronologically documents the history of grape growing and wine production in Petaluma. With vintage artifacts from the California Wine Museum and several private collections, the exhibit will tell the story from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century through Prohibition and up to the present day resurgence of our local wine industry under the influence of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance.


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Petaluma Winegrowers Gala

Ginger Irwin, “Petaluma Vineyards”

A Celebration of the Wines & Cuisine of Petaluma

Benefitting the Petaluma Museum Association

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4:30 pm
Keller Estate Winery, Petaluma

Complimentary van service from the Petaluma Arts Center (4:00),
$150 per person
Cocktail Attire

Buy tickets for the Petaluma Winegrowers Gala

Savor the five course pairings of exceptional Petaluma Gap Wines with local delicacies prepared by Preferred Sonoma Caterer’s Amber Balshaw. Learn the nuances of pairings from “Master of Wine,” Liz Thach. Join us in honoring the Sangiacomo Family for their leadership in the resurgence of our local wine industry. Participate in the Live Auction, Champagne Diamond Prize and Instant Wine Cellar while enjoying the magnificent views of the Keller Vineyards and the Petaluma River.

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100 bottles


Become an Instant Collector of Petaluma Gap Wines!
One Hundred bottles representing the “Who’s Who” of Petaluma Gap Wines Worth at Least $5,000!
to be raffled at the Keller Estates Winery on September 20th, 2014

$20 per ticket or six for $100!

See your collection Here

The Raffle benefits the Petaluma Museum Association

Win twice – become a connoisseur of Petaluma wines
and support your local museum!

Tickets are available at the Museum, 20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma, (707) 778-4398

And at these fine Petaluma stores:


Vine and Barrel

Vine & Barrel
113 Petaluma Blvd. N.


Corkscrew Wine Bar
100 Petaluma Blvd. N.


Wilibees Wines & Spirits
Lakeville & D Streets

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Free Range
925 4th St. Petaluma


La Dolce Vita
151 Pet. Blvd. S.


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Community Crush Celebration



A Fundraiser for the Petaluma Museum Association 

Saturday, September 27th, 6:00 pm
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
First Floor Galleries & Garden
20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma
$45.00 online ($50 at the door)

Buy tickets for the Community Crush Celebration

Or call us at 707-778-4398

Imbibe a choice selection of Cline Winery varietals.  Relish farm-fresh delicacies prepared by Amber Balshaw of Sonoma Preferred.  


Pairing Menu by Preferred Sonoma Caterers:

Zucchini Pancakes with Roasted Apple Relish
2013 Pinot Gris

Miso Glazed Pork Belly Wraps
2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
2012 White Cashmere

Roasted Red Potato with Truffle Short Rib
2012 Red Cashmere

Gnocchi Cake with Chicken Osso Bucco
2013 Ancient Vines Zinfandel

Dessert from Devine Delights
Sonoma Port Works

Revel to the “big band sound” of the Ted Langford Band

Enjoy free admission to the  “Petaluma Viticulture History & Heritage” exhibit.


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Are you a Wine Fancier?
Do You Make your Own Wines?
Want to Test Your Taste Buds?

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The first Annual Petaluma PRO-AM Homemade Wine Competition will be held the afternoon of Tuesday, September 30, 2014 under the auspices of “Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer.  That evening Chris and several other noted wine experts will share their opinions with you – after you have tasted and scored the same wines!  Compare your opinions with the experts!

The Petaluma Museum Association and the Petaluma Chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows invite you to a World Class tasting of Homemade Wines at:


Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
Tuesday September 30th at 6 PM.
Limited to 72 Ticket Sales Total
20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma

Tickets $20 at the Museum Door, OR:


 Buy tickets for Home Crafted Wine Competition

This event is part of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum’s Petaluma Viticulture History and Heritage: A Celebration of Wine and Community, and will be followed by other events, including: 

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The Home Crafted Wine Awards
Dinner & Celebration

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Saturday, October 25th at 5:30 PM
Historic IOOF Lodge 30
111 Petaluma Blvd. North, Third Floor
Downtown Petaluma
Dinner Tickets are limited: $100 each.

Buy tickets for Home Crafted Wine Awards Dinner & Celebration

The winners of the 2014 Petaluma Pro-Am Homemade Wine Competition will have their wines presented in a featured pairing at a four course dinner in the 160 year old dining room on the 3rd floor of the IOOF Lodge #30 in Petaluma.

The dinner will be designed by local professional chef Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma Caterers around the winning wines.

The money raised from this event will be used to benefit the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum and the Petaluma IOOF Building Renovation Fund.

Dress for the dinner engagement is Wine Country Casual with blazers for men. Only 80 tickets will be available.  Dinner Tickets are limited: $100 each.

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Cooperage Demonstration

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Saturday, October 4th 10 am
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 Fourth Street, Downtown Petaluma

French Master Cooper, Yann Guigen, will demonstrate the art of traditional barrel building.  Yann advised the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum on the value of its extensve, vintage cooperage tool collection, and will be using some of the tools in his demonstration.

Thanks to Barrel Builders, this event is free and includes admission to the viticulture exhibit.

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America’s Wine:  The Legacy of Prohibition

Carla De Luca Worfolk

Sunday, November 16, 2:30 pm
Mystic Theater, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N
Followed by wine & cheese reception
Museum 1st Floor Galleries & Garden
Admission is free

Carla De Luca Worfolk, and Emmy award-winning television and documentary producer, was commissioned by the Bancroft Library to produce “America’s Wine:  The Legacy of Prohibition.”  Carla will introduce the Petaluma screening and be available for discussion and questions.

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Cypress Hill Cemetery

Annual Historic Cemetery Tour

(A PMA/Petalumans of Yesteryear Fundraiser)

Saturday, October 18 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm
Tour Led by Petalumans of Yesteryear
Cypress Hill Cemetery

430 Magnolia Ave., Petaluma
$10.00 Adults/$5.00 Students
Children 12 & Under Free
Limit – 35 Participants

Please RSVP to 707-778-4398

Members of the Petalumans of Yesteryears become characters from the past, right down to their 19th century attire. Current Petaluma residents bring to life noted Petalumans from the past such as William Howard Pepper, Isaac Wickersham, Ida Belle McNear, Clara McNear and others.

Meet at Cypress Hill Cemetery office to start the adventure at 10:30 a.m.


River Cruise
The Delfinius on the Petaluma River

Narrated River Cruise
a PMA Fundraiser

Friday, Oct. 24 – 4-6:30 pm
RSVP by Oct. 15th

Cost is $50 (limit 35)

Halloween Theme (costumes optional)

Wine & Refreshments


Join us for a narrated cruise down the Petaluma River aboard Dolphin Charters.  The cruise starts promptly at 4:00 p.m., from the Petaluma Turning Basin downtown.  We return at 6:30 p.m.


Learn about the history and importance of the river to Petaluma and the surrounding countryside, and why it is still important today.  You will see the birds and wildlife that inhabit this region as we cruise on our downriver and return journey.  The cost is $50.00, which includes the cruise, wine and refreshments.


Call 778-4398 to reserve your seat on this fun adventure down the Petaluma River


Docent Led Walking Tours

Downtown Petaluma!

Walking Tours

May – October – Saturdays at 10:30

Meet on the steps to the Museum

20 Fourth Street, Petaluma

Donations Appreciated!


Our 2014 Program of Public Service

For a listing of all of  our current and sponsored activities please visit our Calendar of Events Page


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Museum Location and Hours

The Petaluma Historical 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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