The Museum

Vacaville Museum’s Mission

Our mission is to build community through shared history. We do this by preserving and celebrating the unique history and culture of Solano County.


The Vacaville Museum was incorporated in 1981 and its inaugural exhibition opened to the public in May 1984. The purpose of the Vacaville Museum is to collect and preserve artifacts relating directly to the history of Solano County and to promote an awareness and understanding of county history and culture by offering interpretive exhibits and associated programs.

Since its opening, the museum has produced, with the assistance of volunteers and guest experts, exhibits that interpret different aspects of Solano County life.

Past exhibits have included: The Solano Water Series; Childhood Memories; Spanish Voices; From Rising Sun to Golden Hills: The Japanese American Experience in Solano County; Willis Jepson, A Personal Landscape; and One Hundred Years of Homes and Gardens; Nut Tree Remembered; Harbison Legacy; Solano’s Gold, the People and Their Orchards; Telling Our Story, Solano at 150 years; SOLe ItaliANO, the Italian roots of Solano County and the Nut Tree Centennial.

Electronic news blasts, a quarterly member newsletter, and exhibit related programs keep museum members involved and informed. The Vacaville Museum Guild coordinates fundraisers (including an annual Children’s party and home and garden tours) which contribute to the annual fundraising budgeted goal.

The Vacaville Museum is the only museum with a mission to interpret the history of all of Solano County. Because of the scope of our mission we foster continuing contacts with and aid other county historical agencies and museums as much as possible. Due to our multidisciplinary approach to interpreting history, the museum has forged alliances with local artists and arts organizations, the Jepson Herbarium, the Holt Atherton Center, Solano County Water District, the City of Vacaville, the San Francisco Art Institute, Solano County Board of Education, Solano County Arts Council and other community organizations.

The Vacaville Museum primarily serves the population of Solano County. However, because some of the exhibits and programs have a wider appeal – notably the exhibits on Berryessa Valley, Willis Jepson, and the Nut Tree – the Museum attracts visitors from throughout California.


The collections and library are available to the community for research purposes.

Vacaville Museum Board of Trustees

Robert Fracchia, President
Deanna Mott, Vice President
Lara Penny, Secretary
Scott Lewis, Treasurer
Jean C. Cox, Past President
John Carli, Mayor, City of Vacaville
Cameron Cecil
Catherine Cherry, Guild President
Wanda Cook
Debbie Egidio
Brook Fox
Sherri McBride
Dee Patel
Bill Seiden

Vacaville Museum Life Members

Alex & Dee Alarcon
Frank & Helen Andrews
(Rick) & Ruth G. Begell
Paul Bergerot
Barbara Bessemer
Dennis & Molly Brimhall

(Carol Buck)
Heidi Y. Campini &
(Jim Lawrenz)
Kim & Sandra Chandler
Bruce & Marian Chmieleski
Barbara Martell Comfort
(Col. Wm H.) & Jean C. Cox
Layton Damiano
Kathy Adair Davis

Ennio DePianto
Monica Espinosa *

Dave & Buff Fleming
Jay & Donna Fox
Robert & Denise Fracchia
Dale & Norma Garrett
Allan & Denice Haddox *
Jennifer Hamilton
Len & Marge Hartnett
(Dr. Lee) & Kalo Heldt
Don & Claudia Huffman
Archie & Nina Humphrey
Drs. Ken & Jill Hunter
Will & Sue Jensen
Brett & Mimi Johnson
Martin & Jo Ann Joye
Col. (ret.) Maye Liebeck
Linda l. Liscom & (Ed Power, Jr.)

Frank & Anita Lopez
Joseph L. & Annie Lopez 

Dr. Eugene Majerowiez
Bille & Earlene McKee

( Jim) & Annette McKenzie
Joe & Kathy Murdaca
Ron &( Deanna) Myhre
Phil & Jan Nollar
(Paul) & Dorothy O’Hara
Rita Onsum
Recology Vacaville Solano
Sandra Green & Madeline Patz*

(Fred) & Marcia Pelser
Dick & Nancy Quinn
Barry & Jill Reynolds
Barry Rico

Richard & Lisa Rico
Dr. Ron & Joan Rushford
(G.Ray) & Audrey Schoch
Brian & Deborah Stevens

John & Diane Thompson*
Donald & Nancy Vasquez
John & Shelli Vasquez
JoAn Wade
Ann Waldman
C. C. & Regina Yin
Rich & Diane Power Zimmerman *

* Becoming Life Member
( ) Deceased