Explore the History of Sonoma County

“The Prince” by Alixandra Callender, courtesy Sonoma County Museum

The Sonoma County Museum celebrates and interprets the region’s rich history, art, and culture by exhibiting and collecting relevant objects and artworks, by serving as a vital community gathering place, and by inspiring visitors with dynamic experiences that engage, educate, and enlighten.

The Sonoma County Museum building was originally the Santa Rosa Post Office and Federal Building. Built in 1909 it was among the first 12 buildings built by the federal government in California. The architecture of the building is Roman Renaissance Revival showing influence of the Spanish style.

The museum’s collection has expanded from 3,500 artifacts acquired in 1985 to nearly 25,000 items, all of which document Sonoma County’s rich history and culture throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum’s regional collection is incredibly diverse – highlights of the Museum’s holdings include extensive collections of historic paintings, sculpture, photographs and prints, costumes and textiles, ceramics and glass, industrial tools and machinery, wood sculpture and furniture, and other objects, documents, and graphics relative to Sonoma County’s diverse communities, commerce, technologies, and lifestyles.

Educational programs, both on and off-site, evolve from Museum exhibitions and encourage a deeper understanding of their artistic, cultural, and historical themes. The museum is located at 425 7th Street in Santa Rosa. They are open Tuesday-Sunday,  11:00am – 5:00pm. (707) 579-1500