Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the rich heritage of the region, from the Miwok and Yokuts Indians through Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibit buildings and four historic buildings, including the 1848 Weber house and the 1866 Calaveras School. Exhibits include room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s activity area, and large displays of hand tools and historic agricultural equipment. The 18-acre grounds include the Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and the Delta Water Path. A Critter Corral of farm animals can be enjoyed weekends from May through August.

What's Happening
Jennifer Lind Dinner Concert at Museum August 26

Jennifer Lind will perform a benefit dinner concert at the Museum on Saturday, August 26. The “Journey through American Music,” will have a variety of American classics and include genres such as Folk, Western, Country, Blues, and Pop. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with a New York steak dinner served at 7 p.m., followed by the concert under the stars. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased before August 24 at the Museum or by calling (209) 331-2055 or e-mailing All proceeds benefit the operation of the Museum.

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

Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every weekend at the Critter Corral, May 6 through August 27, 2017. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Animal visits may be cancelled due to rain or other unsafe conditions.

Special Exhibitions

Washington Street: The Heart and Soul of Stockton Chinatown...extended through August 13
Relive Stockton Chinatown when it was a colorful, bustling business district in the area now traversed by the Crosstown Freeway. "Washington Street: The Heart and Soul of Stockton Chinatown" is a special exhibition that will continue through August 13, 2017. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between the museum and the Chinese Benevolent Association of Stockton. Research included a series of “Show ‘n’ Tell” sessions with members of the Greatest Generation and their descendants. They delved into their memories and dusted off storage boxes, painting a remarkable picture of a time and a culture in Stockton that is in danger of being forgotten. "Washington Street" chronicles Sam Fow (Cantonese for “third city”) from the early 1900s through redevelopment in the 1970s.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America
The Smithsonian Institution’s special exhibition, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” will be at the Museum from June 28 to August 6, 2017. The museum is one of only five California museums to host the exhibition. The exhibition will be complemented by many local sports stories, photos, and artifacts displayed at the museum.

Other museums in San Joaquin County also share the history of local sports; pick up a “Scorecard” and visit them for a special prize. Museums partnering in the “Hometown Teams” effort include: the Tracy Historical Museum, the Manteca Historical Museum, the Clarence Smit Historical Museum in Ripon, the Escalon Historical Museum, and the Lockeford Historical Museum.

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