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

Preserving our local history, culture and artifacts.

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Visit Us

Gallery hours:
 Wednesday - Sunday from 1:00 to 4:30 
Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 
Docent led tours for school groups and other large groups are available Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 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 

Exhibit: Women I Have Encountered
A powerful exhibit of original paintings and prints that depict the significant impact women have had on renowned social justice. Artist and Solano County Resident, Malaquias Montoya
Women I Have Encountered
at Vacaville Museum -
A Center for Solano County History.

Presenting Sponsor: Soroptimist International of Vacaville

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Vacaville Museum New

 Upcoming Events

November 27th, 2018 Please join us as we celebrate the annual tree lighting ceremony with our traditional "Onion Soup"!  Our amazing museum guild members will be hosting the evening with delicious soup and live entertainment by local groups throughout the evening. Catch a ride to and from the museum via horse drawn carridge. A magical night in the heart of our city.

What has been the Museum Store for the last two decades inside the Buck Avenue museum has been converted into a small art gallery featuring the work of regional artists with a focus on local scenes and themes. Regional artists will be on display. A percentage of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the Museum. Please check back for updates and event information regarding this display. The art will be on display and available for purchase during the Museum's normal business hours.

December 15th, 2018 The Museum will be hosting the Holiday Home Tour. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets soon as this event will sell out! Several beautifully decorated homes will be featured this year.  Gather your group and spend a few hours getting into the holiday spirit while supporting the Museum.

Malaquias Montoya, the artist of the current exhibit, Women I Have Encountered, will give a talk and be available for book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 3

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and hear a nationally recognized, local artist. 

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Join and Support the Vacaville Museum


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.

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

Join us today, we look forward to sharing our upcoming programs and exhibitions with you.


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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 send an email to our general information desk..

For more information on additional opportunities to volunteer on exhibit committees and specific projects, send an email to:

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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
P.O. Box 3009, Fairfield, CA 94533-3009
610 East Main Street, Vacaville 95688

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 -

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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Vacaville Museum Store

Featured Vacaville Museum Publications

Nut Tree Remembered - The 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, Phone orders accepted,

(707)447-4513 707 447-

Omo i de - Memories of Vacaville's Lost Japanese Community

Telling the story of the Japanese community in Vacaville prior to the May 1942 internment of WWII.

Solano's Gold - The People and Their Orchards
Conversations and photos of farmers and ranchers tracing the history of the fruit industry in Solano County.

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Museum Director

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The Vacaville Museum, a Center for Solano County History, 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 40 exhibits, as well as numerous publications important to the history and sense of place of Solano County.

The Museum is located at:
213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95687
Telephone: 707.447.4513

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  • Vacaville Museum

    Executive Director 

    Description: The Vacaville Museum Executive Director is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets, and external relations. Above all, the Executive Director is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the organization. This person plays a leading role, working closely with the Board and staff, in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museum and in implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives. Other job responsibilities include for day‐to‐day direction to the organization, executing its short‐ and long‐range strategies and plans and taking full responsibility for all operations. The Executive Director leads the development and marketing efforts and is often called upon to represent Vacaville Museum in fundraising, and other public efforts. The Executive Director is expected to provide integrative leadership to staff for consistent direction, communication, organizational alignment and visioning. The Executive Director must interact effectively with many constituencies: students, participants, funders, school and civic organizations, and local and state units of government. He or she is expected to take a leadership role in monitoring public history trends and recommending appropriate programming to keep pace with a changing environment. This individual must be a pro‐active, visible symbol of Vacaville Museum. The Executive Director must have a deep passion for preserving Solano county history and culture and an enthusiasm for passing that ethic on to others. Some of the key issues responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

    • Increasing local and regional public awareness of the unique mission and programming offered by Vacaville Museum so that it is broadly recognized and attracts people to the museum as visitors, volunteers, and donors  

    • Serve as a non‐voting ex‐officio member of and advisor to, the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

    · Effectively plan all museum activities in accordance with the organization’s mission

    · Carry out the policies and directives of the Board of Trustees

    · Recommend policies and develop procedures for the operation of the museum

    · Responsible for the administrative and operational aspects of the museum, including staff activities

    · Responsible for the hiring, training and supervision of all other paid employees of the museum

    · Provides the Board of Trustees with monthly reports of museum activities and communicates regularly with Board committees

    · Acts as a public liaison and spokesperson of the museum within the community

    · Coordinates public relations, social media, publicity and e‐news distribution for the museum

    · Coordinates the scheduling of events and activities at the museum

    · Coordinates the creation, design and installation of museum gallery exhibits

    · Negotiates contracts for museum work and traveling exhibitions

    · Insures proper record keeping, preservation and storage of both donated and loaned artifacts

    · Takes a leading role with the Board of Trustees in Fund Raising and donor development

    · Assists the Board of trustees in developing an annual operating budget

    · Supervises and evaluates other paid staff

    · Coordinates activities of the museum Guild with the museum operations

    · Coordinates the docent program

    · Maintains direct communication with the Museum Guild officers, volunteer coordinators, schedulers of museum related activities

    · Oversees all museum A/P and A/R activities, including museum store or art gallery sales

    · Represents Vacaville Museum at regional, Statewide and national professional events and programs

    · Develop fundraising strategies that bring in additional outside revenue from public, corporate, foundation, and individual sources; effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure financial health of the organization  

    This position requires an outstanding leader with exceptional communication skills, excellent fundraising skills, a strong public presence, and enthusiasm for making the case for Vacaville Museum to a variety of donors and partners. This individual must have the ability to work with the Board to create and carry out a unified vision for what the Museum can and should do. The ability to articulate a vision must be combined with the drive to achieve results. The Executive Director must effectively build relationships across a broad spectrum of personalities. Ideally, he or she will have at least seven years overall nonprofit experience as a leader or manager within a historical society, public museum, or a similar non‐profit organization.   Success in this role requires moving the organization ahead while preserving those cultural qualities from which the organization has derived its success. The ideal candidate is a hands‐on leader and motivator committed to fostering a positive and forward-thinking environment. The Executive Director must demonstrate an authentic passion and commitment for the mission of Vacaville Museum.  This person must be creative, innovative, and have the drive to achieve excellent, timely results