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.

History

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.

Our current exhibit is SOLe ItaliANO, the Italian roots of Solano County. 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. Planning is underway for the Nut Tree Centennial which will include events, programs and an exhibit which opens February 13, 2021.

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.

Research

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

Vacaville Museum Board of Trustees 2020-2021:

President: Jill Blechschmidt
Past President: Allan Haddox
Secretary: Anne Ribeiro
Finance Chair: Joe Niccoli, Jr.
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
Sherri McBride

Ex Officio trustees:
Mayor of Vacaville, Ron Rowlett
Vacaville Museum Guild President, Terry Keate
Executive Director, Joanie Erickson