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
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.


Special Exhibitions

"War Comes Home" Features Wartime Correspondence (Sept. 9-Nov. 5)
This special exhibition explores the joys and hardships that soldiers and their families face, as expressed through private letters and correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, “War Comes Home: The Legacy” reveals the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war. more...

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