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We are open to the public and eager to welcome you back.

Effective June 15, 2021, face coverings (masks) will continue to be required until further notice, regardless of vaccination status.  In conjunction with the coalition of Sacramento museums, the Haggin Museum will continue requiring masks for all visitors over age two, volunteers, and staff.  Ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience is our greatest priority.  We are united in our commitment to maintaining the safest experience for all by extending our mask requirement until further notice.

The extension is to protect vulnerable community members, including children under 12 who are currently ineligible for vaccines.  Data updated Friday by the California Department of Public Health showed about 35.9% of San Joaquin County and 42% of Sacramento County residents are fully vaccinated, compared to 47% statewide.   We all look forward to the day when we can safely lift the mask requirement.

At this point, we are unsure when it will be appropriate to restart our late-night 1st & 3rd Thursday evening hours and public programming.  Our Board, volunteers, and staff are continuing to change and shift previously scheduled events and exhibitions as circumstances dictate; however, we are committed to resuming our robust schedule of exhibitions and programs when appropriate.  We know that our community will need the solace and inspiration of the arts more than ever as we recover from the pandemic.

We will remain committed to encouraging polite social distancing and providing hand sanitizing stations within the museum. Cleaning protocols have been enhanced throughout the building.

How did this world-renowned collection come to be located in Stockton?

In 1928, the San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society was looking to build a history museum but had been unable to raise enough funds. Stockton native Robert T. McKee offered the group $30,000 on behalf of his wife, Eila Haggin McKee, who had only two requirements: name the museum in honor of her late father, Louis Terah Haggin; and add an art wing to fill with paintings from her father’s collection.

The history galleries focus on the San Joaquin Valley’s past and the accomplishments of its residents, such as Charles Weber, Stockton’s founder; Benjamin Holt, inventor of the Caterpillar track-type tractor; Tillie Lewis, the “Tomato Queen” and the Stephens Bros. Boat Builders.

To house the continually growing collections, the museum has undergone several additions since first opening. The McKee Room was added in 1939; an extensive addition was constructed in 1949; and the Benjamin Holt Wing opened in 1976. Today the museum’s three-story building contains more than 34,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The museum’s permanent art and history exhibits are augmented by a number of temporary exhibitions annually. Special events, such as family programs, lectures, and musical performances, are held throughout the year. Haggin Museum also maintains a Library-Archive, which is available by appointment. The Museum Store features a wonderful array of merchandise especially selected to complement your museum visit.

A trip to Stockton isn’t complete without a visit to the Haggin Museum.

Art Galleries

On display in the museum’s fine art galleries are dozens of paintings by renowned 19th- and early 20th-century American and European artists, including 

  • Jean Béraud
  • Rosa Bonheur
  • William Bouguereau
  • Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • George Inness
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Of particular note are breathtaking panoramas of Yosemite Valley (including one once loaned to the White House) by American painter Albert Bierstadt. The Haggin has the largest museum collection of major Bierstadt works.

Haggin Museum also houses the largest museum collection of original artworks by “Golden Age” illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.

History Galleries

The museum’s extensive history galleries offer families a chance to travel back in time to learn more about Stockton and California history. 

Displays focus on area Native Americans, the Gold Rush, agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley, historic firefighting equipment, as well as shipbuilding, and other Stockton industries.

Visitors will see historically-accurate rooms from a Victorian-era San Joaquin Valley ranch home, a recreated local flour mill, and a turn-of-the-last-century California town that includes a one-room schoolhouse and a Chinese herb shop.

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