Vacaville Museum
213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95688   707.447.4513

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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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Position: Executive Director

Salary Competitive, 

Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Vacaville Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization.  

Send resume and info to:

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Vacaville Museum News

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 Upcoming Events

Announcing the opening of Vacaville Museum’s newest endeavor, the Little Art Gallery, Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5-7 pm.

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. The inaugural opening of the LITTLE ART GALLERY will be Thursday, March 15 from 5 -7. The public is welcome. The work of five regional artists will be on display. A percentage of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the Museum. The Museum will host monthly at openings on the Third Thursday of each month thereafter.

At the Third Thursday opening each month a different artist will be showcased. The SHOWCASE artist will have an opportunity to display additional works at the opening reception. Our SHOWCASE artist for the March opening is Judy Neal, a life-long artist who turned to painting in 1990 after a career in graphic design. After her family moved to Northern California in 1998, the richness of local history and the aesthetic beauty of the surrounding land became her muse.

The March opening will also feature Robert Biale Winery, of Napa, who will share their wines with the guests. Robert Biale Winery has been recognized as an award winning winery specializing in heritage Vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. This year they were named “2018 Winery of the Year” by the American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC).

The art will be on display and available for purchase during the Museum’s normal hours, Wednesday – Sunday 1- 4:30.

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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 the museum director.

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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

Vacaville Museum has opened a museum store at Nut Tree! A collaboration with Visit Vacaville and Nut Tree, this space will provide a second venue for purchasing museum products and merchandise. The museum store features an assortment of books and gifts related to the museums collections and mission. All proceeds directly benefit the Museum. Museum members receive a 10% discount on museum store purchases.

Made in Solano!
We feature locally produced, authored, and manufactured items. Check our Museum store for special gifts and publications.

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-

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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