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.
First Peoples of California
September 2 - November 14, 2021
First Peoples of California is an exhibit about California’s earliest inhabitants. In this display, visitors will see Indian home models, cave paintings, maps, hunting nets, arrowheads, a complete acorn-processing set up and stunning Indian-made baskets. Examples of some beautiful, hand-woven baskets from the Phelps Collection will be on display. Docents will allow visitors to try some of the traditional games as well.
A special section will showcase the arrival of Spanish soldiers and missionaries after 1769. Called Two Cultures Collide, contrasts in building materials, foods, art, music, and tools will be shown. This European invasion revolutionized Indian culture.
The Museum will sponsor a special event: Don Phelps will hold a sale of his American Native Silver and Turquoise Jewelry. He will also give appraisals at $10 per evaluation. Proceeds donated to the Museum. Saturday, October 16, 10 am to 1 pm in front of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
This mini exhibit in the waiting room includes beautiful, framed pictures of George McCamley, Minerva Harlan, Maria Humburg, Antone & Maria Dias, Charles & Cynthia Wood and Christian Wiedemann.
The History of Mt. Diablo
Thursday, October 21 at 11:30 am
Mount Diablo State Park is celebrating 100 years since being established in 1921. Join us for a webinar that will explore the human history of the mountain. From its humble beginnings to the present day including the historic Civilian Conservation Corps who built most of its infrastructure. Discussions include the history of early Native Americans, cattle ranching, horse racing, automobile racing and tourism on the mountain. Learn how the park has grown in size thanks to visionaries like Mary Bowerman and Raymond Force. See how different organizations protect the mountain like Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA) and Save Mount Diablo (SMD).
Our speaker will be Steve Smith a Danville native and hiking enthusiast and leader who acts as a natural history docent and volunteer team leader for trail signage and maintenance projects in the park. He is also the president of MDIA and oversees its many programs and committees that solely benefit Mount Diablo State Park.
Please join us for this interesting and entertaining discussion on the history of the biggest thing in Contra Costa County, Mt Diablo!
Tuesday - Friday 1 - 4 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
Sunday 12 - 3 pm
Passport Program: Free (1 adult and 1 child)
Adults $5, Children $3 (Under 5 free)
Students (K through 12 with id) - $3
Seniors (65+) - $3
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Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Avenue, PO Box 39, Danville CA 94526