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Sharpsteen Museum divides its exhibits between the work of Disney animator Ben Sharpsteen, his colleagues, and topics of local historical interest. Particular attention is given to Sam Brannan, who gave the town its name. Brannan, a colorful character and pitchman, is also credited with sparking the 1849 Gold Rush. The Sharpsteen Museum's great strength is its focus; the exhibits are invariably interesting and amusing.
Napa Valley Museum boasts an intriguing collection, of objects and artifacts rooted in Napa's pioneering and wine making history. The museum is housed in fashionably reconstructed quarters of what was once the California State Veterans Home. Three galleries are housed within the museum, each dedicated to a different aspect of local history. The exhibit spaces are intelligently arranged and well lit, making good use of Napa's abundant natural light. Its educational programs are great, particularly strong hands-on art training for kids.
Sonoma County Museum, located in downtown Santa Rosa, stands in appreciation to Sonoma County's unique history, art and culture. Opened in 1985, the museum has over 25,000 exhibits of regional historic articles like wooden furniture, paintings ceramics, documents photograph and a lot more. The museum hosts a number of programs for children and families to educate them on Sonoma's history. Tours are conducted to some of Sonoma's historic sites. You can also visit the museum's shop where there is a large selection of creations from local artists, so take your pick.
Located at Sonoma State Historic Park, Lachryma Montis was constructed by General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in the period between 1851 and 1852. The estate's name, which is Latin for 'mountain tear', was derived from its proximity to a spring the locals called 'Chiucuyem', or 'crying mountain'. Today, the estate has been preserved in order to give visitors a glimpse into General Vallejo's life and times.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is part of a building originally built in the early 20th Century. The museum is famed for the various articles it houses and the free-standing leaded glass dome that is a part of the building and one of the largest in North California. The exhibits here are about the egg and dairy industries, the riverside and the Miwok Indians. The museum also has a historical research library that includes books on genealogy, architectural research of Petaluma, early maps, the Vallejo land grant and books relating to the exhibits of the Museum.
Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society is a organization that has helped maintain the local history of Healdsburg. Founded in 1976, the museums covers various artifacts and information dating back to the early 19th Century. The other unique items housed here include early map representation of the county, handicrafts made by the original inhabitants, wine making history of the area and library containing over 8000 photographs. So if you want to learn about some local history, this place is a great resource.
If history is your forte, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum is a must-visit place on your trip to Vallejo. Established in 1974, this museum has five galleries where a permanent exhibition is put up. Visitors can glance through the local history and cultural highlights of the city and the Mare Island. There are naval exhibits that take you through the journey of Navy installations in the region. The submarine periscope that proffers breathtaking views of the island and the city is one of the prime attractions in the museum. Visitors can enjoy group tours here. Concerts, presentations, lectures, and other local events also take place at the museum. Moreover, it is also available as a rental space.