Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the fascinating history of the region, from the Yokuts and Miwok through Captain Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibition buildings, four historic buildings — including the Charles Weber cottage (1847) and Calaveras School (1866) — and features room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s gallery, and large displays of hand tools and agricultural equipment.

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They're Baaa-aack! Those loveable farm animals in the CRITTER CORRAL at the Museum: Saturdays and Sundays May 2 through August 30

Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Saturday and Sunday at the Critter Corral, May 2 through August 30, 2015. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aniaml visits may be cancelled due to rain or other unsafe conditions. The Museum will be closed on Saturday July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Blue Star Museum

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum is proud to be among the more than 2,000 museums across America to give free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families again this summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day). For a list of other Blue Star museums, see

Festival of Trees Event December 5 & 6 (10 am to 4 pm)

Even Scrooge would get in the holiday spirit gazing at 70 beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees at the Museum Docent Council's 24th annual Festival of Trees event. Docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes will make those attending feel as though they have stepped back in time to celebrate Christmas. The Museum’s seven exhibit buildings will be brimming with dozens of festive trees, each decorated according to a unique theme by different individuals and groups from throughout San Joaquin County. The festival also features charming Christmas exhibits, entertainment, model trains, and many activities including vintage craft demonstrations. For children, there will be many hands-on activities including decorating cookies, making cornhusk dolls, dipped candles, and punched tin ornaments. There is a nominal cost of $1 to $2 for children to make the crafts. Children also will be able to visit Santa. General admission tickets are $10 and $1 for children 2  to 12 years old. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance(beginning Oct 1)  by calling the museum at (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460 or at the Music Box in Stockton or Lodi. By purchasing tickets in advance, the $6 parking fee for Micke Grove Regional Park is waived. Festival of Trees is the Museum Docent Council’s primary fundraiser to support the Museum's educational programs.

Special Exhibitions

Delta Grandeur: The Bucolic Splendor of California's Inland Estuary through August 9
A new exhibition, “Delta Grandeur: The Bucolic Splendor of California’s Inland Estuary,” will premiere May 15 at the Historical Museum. The photography exhibition, reflecting the vision of local photographer Rich Turner, celebrates the beauty and diversity of the threatened Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. more...

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