Museums of Sonoma County

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Old Santa Rosa Post Office, Downtown Santa Rosa,2.jpg
Sonoma County Museum
Museums of Sonoma County is located in California
Museums of Sonoma County
Museums of Sonoma County is located in the US
Museums of Sonoma County
Location 425 7th St., Santa Rosa, California
Coordinates 38°26′31″N 122°43′1″W / 38.44194°N 122.71694°W / 38.44194; -122.71694Coordinates: 38°26′31″N 122°43′1″W / 38.44194°N 122.71694°W / 38.44194; -122.71694
Area 0.5 acres (0.2 ha)
Architectural style Roman Renaissance Revival
NRHP Reference # 79000559[1]
Added to NRHP November 16, 1979

The Museums of Sonoma County, in Santa Rosa, California, is dedicated to the Sonoma County region's history, art, and culture.

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.

Historic Santa Rosa Post Office


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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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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