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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, a historical narrative frieze and pictures of historic buildings. The Museum collects, stores and protects artifacts from the San Ramon Valley. The Museum sponsors revolving exhibits and several guided tours including the Alamo Cemetery and Old Town Danville.

School children are served with the First Peoples of CA program 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.

A Museum Store offers exciting gifts and remembrances for visitors.

Upcoming Events

Relics on Railroad
Antiques, Art, and Upcycle Market
New Date: Sunday, October 16
 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is hosting artists and collectors at the 15th Annual “Relics on Railroad” Antiques, Art, and Upcycle Market on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 9am to 3pm. The event will be held in the municipal parking lot behind the Museum of the San Ramon Valley at 205 Railroad Avenue in downtown Danville. Vendor booths will have fabulous finds, antiques, vintage wares, repurposed goods, arts and crafts, Halloween décor, jewelry, painted and primitive furnishings, garden accents, lamps, paintings and mysterious relics at this open market.

In addition to vendor booths, there will be cyanotype crafting, rock painting, and a kids craft activity. This is a great opportunity to find hand-crafted, artistic items to get a jump start on holiday, special occasion, hostess, and gift giving.

Join us at this fun community event on Sunday, October 16th from 9am to 3pm.

Sponsored by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Town of Danville, and Cottage Jewel.

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Vendors - if you would like to have a booth, please visit the Relics on Railroad page for the application.

The History and Story of Lake Merritt
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 11:30 am

Noted Oakland historian and award-winning author Dennis Evanosky will tell the interesting story of Lake Merritt.  

Lake Merritt is a major landmark in the city of Oakland. Surrounded by a Cathedral, a children's fairyland, housing and not to mention runners, bikers and picnickers, it is a busy and vibrant place.  What do we really know about the lake? Is it manmade?  If so who did it and why? Why is it called Lake Merritt? Has it always played such a central role in the city of Oakland?  These and many other interesting and entertaining stories will be told.

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Alamo Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 10:00 am

Humburg Gravesite at Alamo Cemetery
Docents in Costume

Have you ever wanted to tour the Alamo Cemetery?

Docents from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley will talk about valley residents buried in this beautiful cemetery. Historical re-enactors will stand at some gravesites to portray pioneers.

Meet in front of the cemetery at 130 El Portal one block east of Danville Boulevard.

The tour will last about an hour.

Current Exhibits

The First Peoples of California
September 10 - November 6

 

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.

To learn about the Indians of the valley and Contra Costa County, click here.

First contact by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno
First contact by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno
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Celebrating San Ramon Valley High Classes of 1961,
1962 and 1963

August 27 - November 13, 2022

The Wolves of San Ramon Valley High School are gathering for a reunion and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley is mounting an exhibit to remember one pack from the early sixties.  “A High School Reunion: 1961, 1962, 1963” will be featured in a small Museum exhibit.

There will be photographs and memorabilia from school alums, including letter jackets and a majorette baton.  Wolf Print newspapers will remind visitors about school activities in those years.  The school annuals, called El Lobo, will be featured. And an original Woodstock poster and other sixties posters will be displayed. 

Step back 60 years to review life at the valley’s first (and, at this time, only) high school.  A memory book will be in place for visitors to share reminiscences.

Quest for Quilts
Stir Crazy Quilts: Quilting During the Pandemic
February 1 - May 31, 2023

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is having a quilt show.

We are on a quest to gather quilts for the show!

Did you make a quilt during the COVID lockdown? Any quilt made after March 2020 is what we are looking for.
Due to space, we may not be able to accept all quilts.

Click Here to complete an application by November 1, 2022. If your quilt is chosen, you will be notified mid November.

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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

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