Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the rich heritage of the region, from the Miwok and Yokuts Indians through Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibit buildings and four historic buildings, including the 1848 Weber house and the 1866 Calaveras School. Exhibits include room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s activity area, and large displays of hand tools and historic agricultural equipment. The 18-acre grounds include the Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and the Delta Water Path. A Critter Corral of farm animals can be enjoyed weekends from May through August.

What's Happening

The Museum will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, Novenber 24th so our staff and wonderful volunteers can be with family and friends. We wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Festival of Trees Senior Preview

Senior Preview is offered to adults who may have difficulties in large crowds on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Our docents will welcome you in their finest pioneer costumes and proudly present more than sixty beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Also, the 1848 Charles Weber cottage will be open for viewing; Festival of Trees is the only time the museum opens this historic house for visitors to walk through. The Senior Preview admission price is $5.00, which includes refreshments in the Victorian Tea Room. The parking fee into Micke Grove Park is $5.00 per car, however, if you purchase your ticket in advance, the parking fee will be waived. Tickets may be purchased at the Historical Museum office (209) 331-2055 or by contacting Linda Christensen, Senior Preview chairperson, at (209) 473-0885.

Festival of Trees Family Event, Saturday December 2nd & Sunday the 3rd, 10 am to 4 pm

The entire 18-acre Museum site becomes a winter wonderland! Seventy beautiful Christmas trees, each decorated according to a unique theme by different individuals and groups from throughout San Joaquin County... Docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes... Special exhibits, entertainment, model trains, and vendors... and for the kids: miniature train rides and many hands-on activities including decorating cookies, making rag dolls, dipping and decorating candles, punching tin ornaments...and visits and photos with Santa!  All this and more at the Museum Docent Council's annual Festival of Trees event. Festival of Trees is the Museum Docent Council’s primary fundraiser to support the Museum's educational programs.  

General admission tickets are $10 for teens and adults and $1 for children 2 to 12 years old. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance (beginning Oct. 1) by calling the Museum at (209) 331-2055 or contacting a Museum Docent. By purchasing tickets in advance, the $6 parking fee for Micke Grove Regional Park is waived. There is a nominal cost of $1 to $2 for children to make crafts. Food will be available for purchase on-site.


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