Special Events
Festival Of Trees

On the first weekend in December from 10 am to 4 pm, the Museum’s docents (volunteer educators) transform the entire Museum into a winter wonderland, with more than 75 decorated trees, a tea and dessert room, entertainment, vendors, and many crafts and activities for children. General Admission $8; Children ages 2-10 years, $1; under 2 years, free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Historical Museum or at the Music Box in Stockton and Lodi, with advance ticket purchase, the parking fee is waived.


Special Exhibitions

In addition to long-term exhibits the Museum presents short-term, special exhibitions, such as the following:

Washington Street: The Heart and Soul of Stockton Chinatown...extended through August 13
Relive Stockton Chinatown when it was a colorful, bustling business district in the area now traversed by the Crosstown Freeway. "Washington Street: The Heart and Soul of Stockton Chinatown" is a special exhibition that will continue through August 13, 2017. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between the museum and the Chinese Benevolent Association of Stockton. Research included a series of “Show ‘n’ Tell” sessions with members of the Greatest Generation and their descendants. They delved into their memories and dusted off storage boxes, painting a remarkable picture of a time and a culture in Stockton that is in danger of being forgotten. "Washington Street" chronicles Sam Fow (Cantonese for “third city”) from the early 1900s through redevelopment in the 1970s.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America
The Smithsonian Institution’s special exhibition, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” will be at the Museum from June 28 to August 6, 2017. The museum is one of only five California museums to host the exhibition. The exhibition will be complemented by many local sports stories, photos, and artifacts displayed at the museum.

Other museums in San Joaquin County also share the history of local sports; pick up a “Scorecard” and visit them for a special prize. Museums partnering in the “Hometown Teams” effort include: the Tracy Historical Museum, the Manteca Historical Museum, the Clarence Smit Historical Museum in Ripon, the Escalon Historical Museum, and the Lockeford Historical Museum.