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Discover Solano County's past with a visit to the Vacaville Museum. A non-profit, membership supported organization, open to the public since 1984, the Vacaville Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Solano County and educating the population in regional history through exhibits and public programs.

Located in a quiet, tree-shaded Victorian neighborhood in historic downtown Vacaville, the purpose of the 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, events and workshops.

Current exhibit

Telling Our Story - Solano at 150 Years

Vacaville Museum celebrates Solano County's sesquicentennial with exhibit

Opening Friday, May 5, 2000, Telling Our Story - Solano at 150 Years is Vacaville Museum's celebration of the county's Sesquicentennial. The exhibit will run through April 15, 2001.

Founded on February 18, 1850, Solano was one of California's original 27 counties and includes in its colorful history such early founding families as Vallejo, Wolfskill, Waterman, von Pfister, Pena, Vaca, Armijo, Goodyear, Mizner, Semple and Pleasants. Two of the county's cities - Vallejo and Benicia served briefly as early State Capitals. The development of Mare Island, Benicia Arsenal and Travis Air Force Base played important roles in national military history. Known through time for it's fruit industry, canneries, flour mills, asparagus, delta fishing, ship building, mammoth dredges, celebrated roadside restaurants, biotechnology companies, high profile brewery, and rainbow hued jellybellies, the county has long been a well-traveled crossroads where the central valley merges into the northern San Francisco Bay Area.

Bringing together photographs and objects from collections throughout the county, the Vacaville Museum has assembled a collage of interesting and sometimes mysterious artifacts with stories that indicate the broad range of experience and creativity to be found over the last 150 years of living in the far-flung communities of Solano County. Some of the objects and their stories that visitors to the exhibit will find include: a Rio Vista dredge model, a Chinese porcelain cup from Dixon, Benicia Arsenal insignia, an embroidered flour sack from Vallejo, a Suisun baseball uniform, and an electric permanent wave machine from Vacaville. All speak volumes about a century and a half of life in this diverse county by the Bay.

A Sesquicentennial guide to Solano County's agricultural resources and heritage • The museum's newest publication: Solano's Gold, The People and Their Orchards is now available.

Wine, brew and gourmet food tasting [June 23]

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