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 WELCOME TO THE VACAVILLE MUSEUM  
A Center for Solano County Museum History and Culture

213 Buck Avenue
Vacaville, CA 95688 
(707) 447-4513

Gallery hours:    
Wednesday - Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm 

Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm 

Docent led tours for school groups and other large groups are available Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30am until Noon. 
Call the museum office two weeks in advance of the planned date to make reservations. 
Smaller groups may plan afternoon tours by arranging with the museum office. 
Call for reservations. 
 
Admission donation 
Adults - $3.00 
Students and Seniors - $2.00 
School tours - $1 per student 
Members of the Museum - Free admission 

The Vacaville Museum, a Center for Solano County History and Culture, is the only institution whose mission includes cultural and historical preservation for all of Solano County. Through exhibits, publications and educational programs, the Museum continuously promotes the value of community heritage. Since 1984, Vacaville Museum has produced nearly 70 exhibits to date, as well as numerous publications important to the history and sense of place of Solano County. The Museum is supported through admissions, membership sales and charitable contributions.

The Vacaville Museum  is a non-profit, community benefit 501(c)(3) institution, IRS#94-2803010. We invite you to join our email list. You will periodically receive news and messages of interest to museum supporters. We will not share your email address with anyone. If you would like to join you can email us at info@vacavillemuseum.org or give us a call at (707) 447-4513.

Artifact or Donation Inquiries:  
Please contact museum staff at (707)447-4513 or info@vacavillemuseum.org for artifact donations. Objects and artwork must fulfill our mission to collect, preserve and interpret Solano County History.


CURRENT EXHIBIT:

SOLe ItaliANO
March 7, 2020 - October 11, 2020

The Vacaville Museum will present an exhibit on the Italians in Solano County, from the early English Hills ranch workers and owners to the Prisoners of War at the Benicia Arsenal to 4th generation wine producers.  

Three general waves of immigration will be reviewed, from the earliest incomers trying to find a better life, to newcomers escaping the ruins of World War II, to more recent arrivals looking for opportunities in tech and scientific fields.

A section on "Food and Family" highlights this important aspect of Italian life. Visitors will have an opportunity to add their Italian family's information. For more information call (707) 447-4513 or email info@vacavillemuseum.org

PAST EXHIBIT
Our next exhibit "Solano Collects" opens to the public on Saturday October 5th. This is your show, created from the interesting, unique, whimsical and wonderful collections that your fellow Solano County residents have been enjoying in the privacy of their homes.

We had many outstanding collections submitted, and from them, over 30 collections were selected by an independent jury for the exhibit. It will be a sensory sensation of items large and small, serious and silly, with collections as varied as your imagination will take you. Everything from fine china objects to tiny 1930’s dye-cast pencil sharpeners—from enormous Swiss cow bells to delicate pottery, pinball machines, miniature Native baskets, exquisite paintings—and much more! Indeed, something for everyone. And, the best part is, we will be showing collections from folks from all corners of Solano County…making this a truly county exhibit.
PAST EXHIBIT

The fruit-growing potential of the valleys around Vacaville was beginning to be fully appreciated when California Illustrated No. 1 - The Vacaville Early Fruit District was published in 1888. The booklet featured full-color plates of all aspects of the fruit-growing industry -- from growing, picking, packing, drying and transporting the fresh and dried fruits -- all meticulously drawn from photographs. The author, Professor Edward Wickson from the University of California, and the photographer, William R Nutting, were proud of their accuracy, offering copies of the photos that could be compared with the plates. Nutting also photographed the growers' homes and families to show the level of comfort provided by the industry. He took photos of schools and businesses in town as well, making it a strong promotional piece for the community as well as the fruit-growing industry. 

The heyday of the fruit-growing industry in Vacaville began in the 1870s. By the 1880s refrigerated railroad cars were being used to ship the goods all over the country, and even to Hawaii and Europe. Local growers and Professor Wickson were writing treatises and books on how to grow the fruits that did so well in the area. 

The Vacaville Museum's exhibit, "Through the Lens - Our Fruitful Heritage", which runs April 6 to September 15, 2019, will show 75 of William Nutting's photographs taken for the book, California Illustrated No. 1 - The Vacaville Early Fruit District. Juxtaposed with the color plates from the book, viewers can compare the photos to the plates just as the authors intended. Maps will help locate the orchards identified in the photos, and a recreated cutting/packing shed with fruit wagon will be displayed.


UPCOMING EVENTS
March 17, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19
The Vacaville Museum is following recommendations from health experts and temporarily closing from March through the end of June to support Coronavirus suppression efforts. Your membership and continued support of the Museum is particularly valuable during this time, so thank you so.  Keep washing those hands and stay safe so we can see you soon. We look forward to reopening and sharing our new exhibit – SOLe ItaliANO: The Italian Roots of Solano County -- with you shortly.


March 7, 2020 - October 11, 2020 - "SOLE ITALIANO"

The Vacaville Museum will present an exhibit on the Italians in Solano County, from the early English Hills ranch workers and owners to the Prisoners of War at the Benicia Arsenal to 4th generation wine producers.  

Three general waves of immigration will be reviewed, from the earliest incomers trying to find a better life, to newcomers escaping the ruins of World War II, to more recent arrivals looking for opportunities in tech and scientific fields.

A section on "Food and Family" will highlight this important aspect of Italian life. Visitors will have an opportunity to add their Italian family's information. For more information call (707) 447-4513 or email info@vacavillemuseum.org

Saturday, March 14, 2020 -Vacaville Museum Guild Fundraiser: DINNER FOR EIGHT OR TEA FOR TWELVE

The benefit raffle for Dinner for Eight, Vacaville Museum Guild’s popular fundraiser, is coming.  The raffle offers two prizes. The first is a dinner, which will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020. This year it will be held in the lovely home of Dr. Ken and Dr. Jill Hunter on Oak Hill Drive.  One lucky winner and their seven invited guests will enjoy an elegant dinner, as they enjoy the unique architecture and the amazingly beautiful artwork that graces this home. The evening will begin with before-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by several courses prepared especially for the evening by the chefs of the Vacaville Museum Guild.  Table staff will proffer wine to enhance every bite during an evening to remember.

There will be a second prize of a Tea for Twelve, with the date to be determined by the winner and the host homeowner.  Imagine enjoying tea, dainty sandwiches and delicate sweets with eleven of your closest friends in a beautiful garden setting at a historic Buck Avenue home one sunny spring afternoon.  Our Tea for Twelve experience promises to be just the respite you need in your busy, happy life. Dare to dream!

Raffle tickets are $25 apiece, cash or check only, and will go on sale January 15 at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave, Vacaville, Wed-Sun, 1-4:30 pm. All proceeds go to the Vacaville Museum, A Center for Solano County History.  The drawing for the two prizes is Friday, February 28 at 4:00 pm.  You need not be present to win, and winners will be notified immediately.  For information, call 707-447-4513. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2020-  Annual Onion Soup

Please join us as we celebrate the downtown Vacaville's Merriment on Main annual tree lighting ceremony with our traditional onion soup! Take a stroll through beautiful downtown Vacaville from Main Street to Buck Avenue and warm up with some of our tasty onion soup on the evening of Merriment on Main, the annual tree lighting. Our amazing Museum Guild members will be hosting the evening serving up delicious soup and live entertainment by local groups throughout the evening. For more information about Merriment on Main, please visit merrimentonmain.org. Free Admission  *Details and time subject to change.


*ALL EVENT SCHEDULING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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STORE
Our store has been transformed into a small exhibit showcasing the History of Vacaville. More items are available for purchase in our lobby.
NUT TREE REMEMBERED COOKBOOK
3rd printing NOW AVAILABLE!
40 recipes and more than 100 photos and graphics from the Nut Tree Restaurant and Retail Stores which closed in 1996. $25.00 each plus tax. Phone orders and shipping are available.
CALIFORNIA ILLUSTRATED NO.1
"The Vacaville Early Fruit District" -PRINT
The fruit-growing potential of the valleys around Vacaville was beginning to be fully appreciated when California Illustrated No. 1 - The Vacaville Early Fruit District was published in 1888. The booklet featured full-color plates of all aspects of the fruit-growing industry -- from growing, picking, packing, drying and transporting the fresh and dried fruits -- all meticulously drawn from photographs. The author, Professor Edward Wickson from the University of California, and the photographer, William R Nutting, were proud of their accuracy, offering copies of the photos that could be compared with the plates. This beautiful print is $10.00 plus tax. Shipping is not available. *Limited quantities.
Join and Support The Vacaville Museum

Membership

Supporting the Museum through membership is paramount to the preservation of community heritage in Solano County. Joining the Museum is possible at various levels with graduated member benefits.*

Join us today, we look forward to sharing our upcoming programs and exhibitions with you. Come down and visit our information desk!

Membership Renewal

Please contact our office (707)447.4513 to renew your annual membership.

Donations

Vacaville Museum is a non-profit, community benefit 501(c)(3) institution, IRS#94-2803010. Nearly 40% of our budgeted annual operating income is from gifts, donations, and memberships. Your help sustains our work.

Thank you for your support!


Membership Levels:

Individual $50:  

  • Annual Membership
  • Full benefits for one adult including special events.
  • Two guest passes
  • Inquire about Guild Membership
Family $75:
  • Annual Membership for two
  • Full benefits for two
  • Two additional guest passes
Sponsor $150

  • Annual Sponsorship
  • All previous benefits plus four guest passes
Principal $250
  • Annual Principal Membership
  • All previous benefits
  • Six guest passes
  • Two Museum etched wine glasses
  • Special invitations to designated Museum promotional parties
Patron $500
  • All previous benefits
  • Eight guest passes
  • Courtyard for one private event
  • Special Guided tours of Museum exhibits and collections
  • One family-level gift membership, upon request
  • Invitation to Leadership Giving Circle Party


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Volunteer

The primary volunteer core for the Museum is the Museum Guild. Guild volunteers work with Museum staff to provide valuable events, gallery activities and fundraisers that support the museum. Museum Guild members staff the museum reception desk and gallery during operating hours and coordinate the Docent program. For more information on joining the museum Guild, its policies, dues and calendar of events, please give us a call (707) 447-4513.



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VACAVILLE MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2020
President: Jill Blechschmidt
Past President: Allan Haddox
Secretary: Anne Ribeiro
Finance Chair: Joe Joe Nicolli
Fundraising Chair: Jean Cox
Event Chair: Becky Craig
Membership Chair: Cara Fox
Facilities Chair: Randy Nelson
Damon Tyler, Tyler Financial
Doug Spletter, Reynolds Law LLP
Ron Rowlett, Mayor of Vacaville

Ex Officio:  
Joanie Erickson, Executive Director of The Vacaville Museum
Terry Keate, President of The Vacaville Museum Guild
EXPLORE
Solano County Museum Consortium
In an inspiring display of cooperation, Solano County's major museums and preservation efforts have joined together as the SCMC: Solano County Museum Consortium. SCMC formed to address three community-wide issues: education, public awareness, and volunteerism. Many local residents and visitors are unaware of the depth and breadth of the museum services offered throughout the area.

"Museums provide connections for people. Connections to their past, to their communities, to each other, and to their future. It just seemed like a natural thing to do, that we should all be working together," said Phil Kohlmetz, Director of the Western Railway Museum in Rio Vista.

SCMC members include the Benicia Historical Museum, Museum Roundtable, Rio Vista Museum, Solano County Historical Society, Vacaville Heritage Council, Vacaville Museum, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, and Western Railway Museum.

Explore Other Solano County Museums

Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns
2060 Camel Road, Benicia 94510 (707) 745-5435
Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 - 4:00

Dutra Museum of Dredging
345 St. Gertrude Avenue Rio Vista, 94571
By Appointment Only, please call (415) 258-4796 or (650) 207-6489

Rio Vista Museum
16 North Front Street, Rio Vista 94571 (707) 374-5169
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00

Travis Air Museum
661 East E Street, Building 80, Travis Air Force Base 94533 (707) 424-5605
Daily 9:00 - 4:00

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin Street, Vallejo 94590 (707) 643-0077
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 - 4:00

Western Railway Museum
5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City 94585 (707) 374-2978
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00

Historical Societies and Sources for Research

Dixon Library Archives
230 North 1st Street, Dixon 95620 (707) 678-2934

Solano County Genealogical Society
620 Main Street, Vacaville 95688 (707) 446-6869
Monday 10:00 - 2:00, 3rd Saturday 10:00 - 2:00

Solano County Archives
815 Chadbourne Rd, Suite 120, Fairfield 94534 (707) 434-1101
Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00 - 2:00

Solano County Historical Society

Location: 618 East Main Street, Vacaville CA 95688
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3009, Fairfield, CA 94533-3009
email: www.info@solcohs.org
www.solcohs.org

Vacaville Heritage Council
618 East Main Street, Vacaville 95688 (707) 448-0518
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 - 2:00 and by appointment

The Pena Adobe Historical Society - www.penaadobe.org

Open House first Saturday of every month (except January) 11:00-2:00 and by appointment


Rockville Cemetery District
4219 Suisun valley road, Suisun 94585 (707) 864-2421

Silveyville Cemetery District
7661 Rio Dixon Road, Dixon 95620 (707) 678-5578

Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery District
1707 Union Avenue, Fairfield 94533 (707) 425-1622

Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery District
522 Elmira Road, Vacaville 95687 (707) 448-7206

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