Museums Located in Santa Rosa , including:
- Sonoma County Museum
- Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
- Jesse Peter Museum
- Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
- Pacific Coast Air Museum
- California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
- Church of One Tree
Petaluma Museum20 4th Street Petaluma
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday Noon - 3 p.m. and by appointment. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Admission: Donation requested.
Built in 1904, the former library is now home to the Petaluma Museum. The building itself features the largest free-standing leaded glass dome in Northern California. The museum features Petaluma’s history and includes exhibits about the egg and dairy industries, the riverside, and the Miwok Indians. It also contains a historical research library.
Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum201 Fair Street Petaluma
Hours: The first Saturday of each month. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $2 for 5 years and over; under 4 is free
The Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum is run entirely by students at Petaluma High School. The site, which is located on the school’s campus, houses a million dollar inventory of small animals, taxidermy animals and dioramas, a large fossil and mineral collection, and an Australian aviary.
The Military Antiques Museum300 Petaluma Boulevard, Petaluma (located in the basement of the antique collective building)
Hours: 10 – 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week.
Admission: Free, donations accepted.
The museum is part of the Military Antiques store which is billed as the “the largest military antique retail shop in the world.” Featured, are a variety of military antiques, including a WWI trench diorama, WWII home front articles and more. (If the doors to the museum are closed, asked anyone at the store counter to open them for you.)
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art551 Broadway, Sonoma
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Admission: $5 per person or $8 per family. Sundays Free.
The SVMA is a member-supported, non-profit fine art museum. Along with exhibitions, the museum also sponsors educational programs and music events.
Depot Park Museum270 1st Street, Sonoma
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Located at the former site of the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad depot, the museum is operated by the Sonoma Valley Historical Society. In addition to displays and exhibits, the museum has a book/gift shop and an archival library of historical documents and maps, books on local history, and thousands of photographs.
Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society221 Matheson St., Healdsburg
Hours: Everyday except closed Mondays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Donations accepted.
The museum houses historical artifacts and documents about northern Sonoma County history including Pomo Indian basketry, nineteenth century weapons, tools, textiles, crafts, and an extensive archival library that includes some 8,000 original photographs. Free guided tours are available for groups by appointment
The Hand Fan Museum of Healdsburg327A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg (located in the Hotel Healdsburg)
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on holidays and rainy days.
This is the first museum in the United States dedicated to a permanent collection of hand fans and to educating people of their cultural and artistic history. Both modern and antique fans are on display.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The center presents a non-stop rotation of exhibits, concerts in the plaza, poetry readings, writing contests, music events, and art classes for children, teens and adults.
West County Museum261 South Main Street, Sebastopol
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The museum is run by the Western Sonoma County Historical Society and is housed in the renovated 1917 Petaluma and Santa Rosa Electric Railway Depot. The exhibits, which change two to three times a year, focus on local history. The museum also houses a small reference room containing clippings files and recordings of local personal histories.
Cloverdale Historical Museum (aka: The Gould-Shaw House Museum)215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, donations accepted
The museum is located in the historic Gould-Shaw house, one of the rare surviving examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the area. Owned and run by the Cloverdale Historical Society, the museum features antiques, artifacts and memorabilia from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The research center on the site showcases photos, newspaper articles and the works of local historians.