P.O. Box 39, 205 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
(925) 837-3750
Located at the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues in Downtown Danville















HoursT1 Saturday 10 to 1
Museum Hours
Tuesday through Friday: 1 - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm
Sunday: Noon to 3pm

Free to members, modest fee for non-members - Donations Welcome

hosts the
Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition
May 5 - June 21, 2015

Back in 1915, the San Francisco Bay Area was very excited about the Panama Pacific International Exposition. The Panama Canal had just opened in 1913 and San Francisco had proudly rebuilt after the 1906 Earthquake. The City hosted a grand exposition that drew nearly 19,000,000 visitors to the fair site in only 9 months. It happened in what we know today as the Marina District. Visitors rode the enormous Aeroscope, watched aeroplanes soar in loops overhead and dive earthward, saw a phenomenal light show and rubbed shoulders with luminaries such as Luther Burbank, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, President Theodore Roosevelt and many others. Even the famous Liberty Bell came to San Francisco.

Now in 2015, the same region has again mounted a kaleidoscope of attractions to celebrate anew that same spirit of innovation with an equal measure of enthusiasm just as in 1915.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is a proud core partner along with all the other major cultural groups. We will feature “California Invites the World” which contains a magnificent display of Panama Pacific artifacts lent to us by the California State Library and private collectors. There is a great color DVD of the exposition and a very funny 1915 silent film featuring two popular comedians of that era who visited the fair.


Thursday, May 14th, 7pm at the Danville Library
Laura Ackley presents “Illuminating the Jewel City:
Spectacular Lighting of the Pan Pacific International Exposition”

Saturday, June 6th, 11am at the Museum
Marcia Harmon presents “1915 Fair, Fashion and Fun”


Visit the Museum Store!

Visit the Museum Store for our selection of books, children's toys and tee shirts, and for one of a kind items found only here.

Is your child attending the One Room School Program? We carry sunbonnets, aprons, suspenders, straw hats and vintage dresses in adult sizes, all to help make the experience even more authentic.

History buff?  We carry a wide variety of books on local history, train lore, and for the nature lover, a collection of material on local wildlife and flora native to our area.

Make our store part of your museum experience. Stop by to see what’s new,
interesting, fun and useful. Your purchases benefit the Museum and its many community programs.



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