Museums of Sonoma County
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Old Post Office
Sonoma County Museum
|Location||425 7th St., Santa Rosa, California|
|Area||0.5 acres (0.2 ha)|
|Architectural style||Roman Renaissance Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||79000559|
|Added to NRHP||November 16, 1979|
Featuring between 15 and 18 exhibitions in art and history annually, the SCM is the only collecting art museum in the North Bay region. The museum presents tours, lectures, panel discussions, interactive displays and youth programs on a regular basis. Annual attendance is approximately 15,000 visitors a year and growing; the museum has a membership program and special events and activities for museum members. The Museum Shop features unique jewelry, books, toys and objects related to the Sonoma County region.
The museum is located in the area's historic Post Office building. Built in 1909 by local firms, it is one of the first 12 buildings built by the federal government in California. The architecture of the building is Roman Renaissance Revival with influence of the Spanish style. It opened as a post office in 1910 and still features the historic marble and oak ornamentation. In 1979 the Post Office moved several blocks to its present location on 7th Street. The building was renovated as a museum space and placed on the National Historic Register.
The Sonoma County Museum opened in 1985.
The museum has nearly 25,000 items in its collection, which document Sonoma County's history and culture throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It includes extensive collections of historic paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, costumes, textiles, ceramics, glass, industrial tools, machinery, wood sculpture, furniture, objects, documents, and graphics relative to the local communities, commerce, technologies, and lifestyles.
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