Library Drawing

Petaluma Historical Library and Museum

Library Map 20 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Our Doors Are Open To You:
Wed - Sat: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM
and by appointment

The Petaluma Historical Museum and Library and Museum is dedicated to the history of Petaluma and its environs. From its earliest days as an inland port to beyond its reign as the "Egg Basket of the World", pictures, artifacts and the written word chronicle the "who", the "how", and the "when" of Petaluma history.

The museum, dedicated in October 1978, occupies the old Andrew Carnegie Free Public Library building. Designed by local architect Brainerd Jones in 1903, it was recently placed on the National Register.

The roblar sandstone and white Alameda Rock exterior and fine interior paneling and woodwork remain untouched. Only moveable partitions and modern lighting have been added.

Permanent exhibits upstairs focus on specific areas of Petaluma's past as well as mini-exhibits of current community interest. Administrative offices, textile rooms, and a larger capacity research library are also located upstairs.

In addition to rotating exhibits, the main floor contains an audio/visual area, a well stocked gift shop, and a well-organized research library that offers trained assistance to visitors. Public events are held in the rotunda.

What We Offer

The Historical Museum is managed by the nonprofit Petaluma Museum Association assisted by two part-time paid coordinators and many volunteers.

The Museum Association welcomes new members. Benefits include a bimonthly newsletter, workshops, member discounts, and opportunities to serve as tour guides, docents, volunteers and resource persons.

We welcome both active and inactive members.

Membership Application
Name ________________________________
Phone ________________________________
Address ________________________________
City, State, Zip ________________________________
Benefactor $1,000+
Sponsor $500
Life Membership $250
Contributing $50
Business $35
Family $20
Individual $15
Limited Income $10

Fill out and return this portion with your check payable to:

Petaluma Museum Association
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

We invite you to come and visit soon...

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