Upcoming Events

Museum Virtual Brunch

Hwy 21 to Interstate 680: The History of the Road that Connects Us
A Program Presented by Steve Minniear

Thursday, June 18 at 12:00 pm

Hihway 21 (2)

Join local historian Steve Minniear as he talks and shows us photos and maps about that road. Whether we call it San Ramon Valley Road, Danville Blvd., North Main Street or even Contra Costa Blvd., it was for a long time Highway 21. And between the 1930s and the 1960s, it was the only way to go north and south through the San Ramon and Amador Valleys. Find out more about the “only road through town” and how it shaped farm life, regional business, and eventually the suburbs.

Starting in Native American times, there were trails that connected communities in the San Ramon and Amador valleys. These trails were then used by Spanish explorers trying to understand the geography of the San Francisco Bay Area. Later Mexican landowners and their workers used the trails to move herds of cattle to and from Mission San Jose and outlying pasture lands. After them, Gold seekers on their way to and from the gold country traveled through the developing ranch and farmlands on the well-traveled dirt roads. Through the late 1800s and into the 1930s horse drawn wagons and carriages gave way to bicycles, automobiles,and trucks. In the mid-1930s, the long Alameda and Contra Costa county roads were incorporated into the State highway system. For over 30 years, two lane Highway 21 was the only way to go north and south through the Amador and San Ramon valleys. By the mid-1960s it was replaced by Interstate 680.

Pick up lunch at your favorite local restaurant!


This program is free. Prior to the Brunch, you will be emailed a link to the program.

Please consider making a donation for this program!

Back to School Under the Stars
"Virtual" Gala
Saturday, July 18 at 6:00 pm

The Gala fundraiser will go on in 2020, just in a different format! There will be classroom experiences, youth games and the always popular silent auction, all online.

We hope everyone will pick up dinner from your favorite local restaurant and then enjoy the fun!


Distant View
Shops and Hops

Nothing is more important to us at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley than the health and safety of our community.  With this in mind we are postponing Shops and Hops scheduled for April 30.  Our focus is the safety of the participants, our volunteers, the brewers who support us and the shop owners who host us.


We plan on having Shops and Hops in October with the exact date still to be determined.

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