Calendar of Events

The Museum is Currently Closed

We will reopen on April 17 with our new exhibit:

Watershed Moments – From the River to the Sea

River Image

This exhibit will highlight the history of the creek to a river, the commerce and the connection of agriculture runoff and the health of rivers to the San Francisco Bay and the ocean.

The National Marine Sanctuaries will partner with the museum to share the Ocean side of the exhibit.

More Information about this exhibit to come!



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Tickets On Sale Now!
Single Malt Scotch Tasting

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Thursday, April 10 at 6:00-8:00 PM

Fund Raiser Benefiting the Petaluma Museum Association,
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Sponsored by:

Willibees Wines & Spirits
with Preferred Sonoma Caterers
and JRB Event Services

A professionally guided tour of single malt scotches from all the regions of Scotland.

Expertly paired with a menu of small plates created to complement each malt.

2014 MENU:

Cardhu 12 Year – Speyside
Shaved Apple Salad on Chicory with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Clynelish 14 Year – Highland
Seared Sea Scallop on Braised Leeks with Cheese Tuille

Cragganmore 12 Year – Speyside
Roasted Quail on an Apricot Almond Cous Cous Pilaf

Caol Ila (“Cull-eela”) 12 Year – Islay
Osso Bucco on Roasted Baby Carrots

Lagavulin 16 Year – Islay
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie
plus Gorgonzola Mousse with Fresh Pear”

$60 per Person or $100 a Couple which includes the tasting and the food.

$60 per Person or $100 a Couple which includes the tasting and the food.

Sorry, We Are Sold Out;

But please call us at the Museum: 707-778-4398
To be added to our possible cancellations list.

20 Fourth Street in Downtown Petaluma

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Your professional whisky guide will be Steve Beal, Keeper of the Quaich, Master of Whisky, Distilled Spirits Expert, Award Winner, Brand Ambassador, Writer, Broadcast Personality.

Steve Beal is a very familiar figure to both the consumers who enjoy them and to the those in the trade who make and sell fine single malts. He has earned the respect of everyone he meets with his endless energy and passion for all things distilled and whisky in particular.

Steve is admired and well known by top-shelf bartenders, chefs, waitpersons from the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country and around the globe. Although he is a fulltime official brand ambassador for the Classic Malts of Scotland & Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whiskies, as well as Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, Bulleit Bourbon & Rye and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, many have come to consider him the unofficial brand ambassador for the category of whisky as a whole. He is regarded by many as the Dean of spirits brand ambassadors in the USA.

He is regarded as one of the top distilled spirits experts in America. His start in the whisky business was one of fate and being in the right place at the right time. He was working for a well known culinary school when he received a call from someone looking for “…a Scotsman with a kilt who knew something about whisky…” The next thing he knew, Steve was standing in front of huge crowds, extolling the virtues of the water of life. From lecturing future chefs about spirits, he was now sharing his knowledge with the world.

Steve comes to his knowledge of spirits through a very personal journey. He has trained at several distilleries, including Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin, Glenkinchie, Cardhu and Royal Lochnagar. He has worked for major suppliers and distributors as well as The Whisky Shops of Scotland (Scotland’s largest retailer of fine malts) and helped with the launch of their San Francisco store, their first U.S. based location. He is a pioneer in internet whisky sales and consults for a large number of retailers, both on and off premise. He has presented training and sales programs to almost all the major single malt brands and done private venue tastings for the consumer in settings to numerous to list.

Steve Beal is one of the fifteen Masters of Whisky and Sr. Master for the full Whisky portfolio for DIAGEO NORtH AMERICA. On 4 October 2010, he was created “Keeper of the Quaich” an honor bestowed only upon the elite of the Scotch Whisky industry. In 2010, 52 individuals from around the world were welcomed into the Keepers of the Quaich at Blair Castle in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. In 2011 the Masters of Whisky received the Icons of Whisky Award from Whisky Magazine.

In addition to his role as Master of Whisky, Steve is also well known as a writer and chef. In 2003 he received the Spirits Ambassador to the World Award at the Whiskies of the World Exposition held in San Francisco. He has been a Judge at the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition since its inception in the year 2000 and a presenter for Bon Appetit magazine’s “Wine & Spirits Focus”. He is also a judge at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. Steve has also served as contributing editor of Patterson’s California Beverage Journal, The Tasting Panel Magazine. He appeared in 2011 in Diageo’s “Behind the Distillery Doors” at Tales of the Cocktail®

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US Bartenders Guild Master Mixologist program and was one of its founders. He is a lecturer at the School of Fine Spirits & Service in Las Vegas. He produced a segment weekly on the Food Guy and Marcy Show, a nationally syndicated food, wine and entertainment radio program with Guy Fieri and Marcy Smothers. He is a frequent guest on radio and television.

He makes his home in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, where he also serves in a voluntary capacity as assisting clergy of San Francisco’s nearby Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill. He is a Graduate of Oxford University and the University of Arizona. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, he also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. He volunteers his time working with the City’s homeless. His special project is C.H.E.F.S. – a professional culinary training program for the formerly homeless. (The name stands for Conquering Homelessness thru Employment in Food Services.) He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International in 2011 for his humanitarian and fundraising efforts.

Preferred Sonoma Caterers Wilibees wines and spiritsJRB Event Services
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wine tasting


Locally Loved Wines Paired
with Romantic Music

Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm

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Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
“a vibrant stage presence”
- San Francisco Classical Voice

Aaron Larget-Caplan, spanish and classical guitar
“a riveting artist”
 - Washington Post

Music by Rodrigo, De Falla, Britten, Dowland and Hahn

$40 in advance, $45 door

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma


Local Wine Tastings will include: 

Rose of Sangiovese – Alexander Valley Vineyards, 2013 

Sonoma County Chardonnay – Bennett Valley Cellars, 2011 

Pinot Noir – Kenwood Russian River Valley, 2012 

Cabernet Sauvignon – Sebastiani Sonoma County, 2011 


Purchase Tickets now online at Brown Paper Tickets:


View a Video of Betany and Aaron Performing Together:

Wilibees wines and spirits

Wines Provided by and Event
Sponsored by Wilibees


Notable Upcoming Activities:

Good Egg Awards at noon Saturday, April 19
Butter and Egg Parade on  Saturday, April 26 at noon
and the annual Spring Antique Faire on Sunday, April 27

Stay tuned for additional information.



Save the Date!

May 24 – Jura Margulis in Concert!

Jura Margulis

Join us for a magical evening!

8:30 PM

More information to come!


Petaluma Viticulture Exhibit
Opening Fall 2014

In partnership with the
Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance

Research has begun and revealed intriguing information;
several candidates to author the exhibit catalog have been proposed and loans of several important artifacts have been promised.

Keller Estate Winery Winemaker’s Gala – September 20, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Petaluma Pairings – Commmunity Crush Celebration
At the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
More information to come!



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