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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 connectivity through our shared community heritage.

Current exhibit

Nut Tree Centennial
100 Years of Fun, Food and Family

Through January 9, 2022

In July 1921 Helen and Bunny Power opened a roadside fruit stand they named Nut Tree. That fruit stand grew into a Solano County landmark that entertained presidents and queens and delighted kids everywhere. The Vacaville Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of Vacaville’s beloved original Nut Tree with a special exhibit and events. The exhibit opens as soon as health restrictions allow and will run through January 9, 2022.  Events are planned throughout the year, from Nut Tree employee day to a pumpkin patch. Join the Vacaville Museum as we celebrate 100 years of the food, family and fun of the original Nut Tree. 

Pumpkin Centerpiece Raffle – Drawing October 23rd

Enter for the chance to win a beautiful pumpkin centerpiece embellished with succulents made by Members of the Museum Guild. $15 - Includes two raffle entries. Winning name will be drawn on October 23rd during the Pumpkin Decorating Contest at the Museum. Winner does...

Fall Festival Courtyard Sale – October 16th

Vacaville Museum Guild'sFall Festival Courtyard Sale Saturday, October 16th9:00AM - 3:00PM Vacaville MuseumCenter for Solano County History and Culture213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville Enjoy a full day of family-friendly fun and shopping in the Museum courtyard. Shoppers are...

Pumpkin Decorating Contest – October 23, 2021

The Vacaville Museum invites the community to enter or be the judge of the Student Pumpkin Decorating Contest in the Museum courtyard on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Visitors will get a close up look at the colorful creations, hand-designed by...

Meet The Author, Diane Power Zimmerman – Saturday, September, 25th

As part of Vacaville Arts Week, the Vacaville Museum will be hosting a Pre-Publication Party, featuring Author Diane Power Zimmerman . Her Book is "Nut Tree: From California Ranch to Design, Food and Hospitality Icon." Join us Saturday, September 25th 1:30-4PM. Meet...

Meet Artifact & Exhibit Manager

We are pleased to welcome our new Artifacts & Exhibits Manager - as you can see we've changed the name of the position in order to reflect everything that Heidi actually did and that her successor Caroline Whyler will be doing. Caroline comes to us from the...

[Shy and] Retiring – A Letter from Museum Registrar

Originally, in 1996, I was just filling in for the curator, Sabine Goerke-Shrode, while she finished her masters degree. It turned out I could offer expertise that was different from hers, so then-Director Ruth Begell worked it out to keep me on staff. I've been here...

Solano’s Gold, Peach Harvest Dinner

The Vacaville Museum Invites you to celebrate Solano's Gold with a Peach Harvest Dinner Saturday, August 7, 2021 6:30 PM Vacaville Museum Courtyard213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville $150 per person - Tables of 8 $1,500.00Limited Seating RSVP (707)447-4513 by August 2, 2021...

Annual Children’s Party – Cancelled

Although the Vacaville Museum is now open to the public, the Annual Children’s Party which is usually held the first Thursday in August, has once again been cancelled due to some continued public health restrictions. The many activities, games, and entertainment make...

Musical Americana – Independence Day Celebration

The community is invited to celebrate the birth and long history of our country this Independence Day with the Vacaville Museum’s Musical Americana event on July 4, 2021. The event is from noon to 4 pm at the Museum. Guests will enjoy music performed by Darlyn and the...

Nut Tree Employee Reunion

During its heyday, the original Nut Tree employed hundreds, making it one of the largest employers in Solano County.  Former employees can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nut Tree at the Nut Tree Employee Reunion at the Vacaville Museum on Saturday, June 19,...


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