The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is dedicated to preserving and celebrating our rich history and heritage. The collections and exhibits reflect our human experiences, institutions and cultures that were shaped by the valley's landscape, environment and early settlers.
The Valley's past is featured in a permanent exhibit that includes artifacts, an historical narrative frieze and pictures of historic buildings. The Museum collects, stores and protects artifacts from the San Ramon Valley. A Museum Store offers exciting gifts and remembrances for visitors.
In addition to a permanent exhibit on Valley history, the Museum sponsors revolving exhibits and several guided tours including the Alamo Cemetery and Old Town Danville.
School children are served with special Indian Life programs for fourth graders in the fall and the Tassajara One-Room School program for third graders in the spring. Classrooms are invited to tour the various exhibits.

Current Exhibit

Beauty and the Beast
California Wildflowers and Climate Change

 

January 12 - March 29, 2020

Desert Chicory
Desert Chicory
Meadow of Wildflowers and Roundtop Mountain, Carson Pass,  Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California  Lupine, paintbrush,
Meadow of Wildflowers and Roundtop Mountain, Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California Lupine, paintbrush,
California Poppy
California Poppy

The exhibit displays exquisite photographs of California's wildflowers bringing awareness of the beauty of the Golden State as well as the dangers facing our natural habitats from climate change. All geographic regions of California are highlighted in this stunning show. From the high alpine "rock gardens" above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Death Valley National Park's below-sea-level environment the majesty of the golden state will be on display.

Learn about the power of fire and renewal, a behind-the-scenes look at capturing these stunning images, and an overview of California's geographic regions. These diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems support spectacular explosions of nature’s color. Most importantly, these beautiful images address how climate change and other human activities affect California's wildflowers.

Beyond the beauty and information enjoy the hands-on experience of seeing stunning pressed wildflowers projected from a microscope onto a screen. You can choose which wildflowers to project! Learn about the role of the citizen scientist in understanding and documenting climate change.

Upcoming Events

Discovering the Beauty and Demystifying the Beast: Climate Resilience in the East Bay
January 23 at 7:00 pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville

Join East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist, Ashley Grenier for a discussion on the impacts, and efforts of people to overcome climate change in the East Bay. What could the future hold for our parks, and how can we all get involved?

Admission is free.

Wildflowers of Mount Diablo: The Story Behind Their Names
February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville

This program will be presented by Stephen Smith, President of the Mountain Diablo Interpretive Association and Natural History Docent.

"Member Swap" with The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Tuesday, March 10

Members of the Museum and the The Ruth Bancroft Garden will enjoy free admission at each other’s institutions.  Please be prepared to show your membership card at admission.

In addition, museum members will receive a 10% discount at the Ruth Bancroft Garden nursery. 

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is open from 10 am - 4 pm. It is located at 1552 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek.

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Firescaping- Designing a unique garden with the Firescaping Guidelines
Saturday, March 14, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Location: The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek

Cost: $15 RBG and Museum Members, $20 Non-members

We live and garden in a region where the threat of wildfires is becoming more common. Fire-safe design and fire-resistant plants will make your garden more resilient if the worst does happen. Using the guidelines from numerous local resources, Troy McGregor from Gondwana Flora will walk you through how to design a creative, functional and fire-safe garden using plants found at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Plants, materials, and maintenance will all be covered in this class.

To sign-up for the class:

2020 Exhibits

The Museum has a variety of exciting exhibits in 2020!

Exhibits on Display in the Museum's Freight Room

Beauty and the Beast
California Wildflowers & Climate Change

January 12 - March 29

Meadow of Wildflowers and Roundtop Mountain, Carson Pass,  Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California  Lupine, paintbrush,

This exhibit will include stunning photographs of California's  many ecosystems (Beauty) and information about climate change (the Beast). The museum will partner with the Ruth Bancroft Gardens and East Bay Regional Park District naturalists to tell the story.

The Road Ahead
The Automobile's Impact on California

April 11 - June 7

Poster

The Road Ahead will look at how the automobile affected culture and lifestyle, industries, and government and roadways in California.

Some locals will recall when Danville Blvd., Hartz Ave., and San Ramon Valley Blvd. were nicknamed "gasoline alley".

Model Trains
Running through the Depot

June 20 - August 23

Trains

The First People of California

September 7 - November 10

First contact by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno

Christmas Memories

November 21 - January 3, 2021

Christmas Tree

 

Two Smaller Exhibits in the Museum's Waiting Room

Women Win the Vote
in California and the Nation

April 1 - October 1

1911 Bertha Boyle Golden Gate Poster

This exhibit commemorates the centennial of the Susan B. Anthony (19th) amendment certified on August 26, 1920. The museum will feature local women leaders of the era: Anita Glass, Lillian Close, Mary Ann Jones, and Libbie Wood. Click here for more information.

WWII 75th Anniversary

October 10 - January 3, 2021

Peace 2

This exhibit commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII on September 2, 1945.

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 1 - 4 pm
Saturday:
10 am - 1 pm
Sunday: 12 - 3 pm
Admission Fees
Members: Free
Passport Program: Free (1 adult and 1 child)
Family $10
Adults $5, Children $3 (Under 5 free)
Students (K through 12 with id) - $3
Seniors (65+) - $3
Join the museum or donate today!

Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Avenue, PO Box 39, Danville CA 94526