Museums of Sonoma County is actually two museums in one location, housing both the Art Museum of Sonoma County and the History Museum of Sonoma County. This Smithsonian Affiliate is located in the historic 1910 Santa Rosa Post Office, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The History Museum has been in this landmark building since 1985, but the Art Museum of Sonoma County joined them in April of this year.
The Art Museum of Sonoma County presents national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The Museum’s collection features artists who have lived and worked in Northern California. With diverse education programs, the Museum serves as a creative forum and public gathering place. Their 4,500 sq. ft. gallery space, located in the former Conklin Bros. building at 505 B Street. The new museum represents Phase I of a long-term expansion plan that will transform the entire corner of downtown Santa Rosa at 5th and B Streets. Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams on exhibit through August 27.
The History Museum of Sonoma County is a regional history center for the North San Francisco Bay Area. Its exhibitions and collections document the region’s rich land and history. The Museum serves the community as a gathering place and educational forum for youth and adults. See the exhibit Equine Epochs: History of Sonoma County Horses through Nov. 3. Private Curator Tours and Private Docent-Led tours are available. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa • 707.579.1500 • sonomacountymuseum.org