Sonoma County is rich with cultural sights! Museums, Galleries, and Performing Arts for any style and taste. The list below is a mere taste of what Sonoma County offers in the way of the artistic hunger of our visitors.
For many years, though thousands flocked to exhibits in the United States and around the world to see the work of Charles M. Schulz, his original comic strips had never had a proper home in Sonoma County, the place Schulz called home for almost forty years. The Museum could have been located anywhere; the legacy of the cartoon strip and its characters is international. But this particular spot, on the corner of Hardies Lane, was chosen because the last 30 years of Schulz's life was centered here—around his art studio, the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (Snoopy's Home Ice), and this Santa Rosa neighborhood. Now, when visitors come to the Schulz Museum, they are, in a real sense, entering into his world.
The Sonoma County Museum celebrates and interprets the region's rich history, art, and culture by exhibiting and collecting relevant objects and artworks, by serving as a vital community gathering place, and by inspiring visitors with dynamic experiences that engage, educate, and enlighten.
CA Northwestern Rail Museum
Hidden beneath the cultural and social surface of California is a story of natural abundance, human conflict, pain and suffering, and rebirth; it is the story of California Indians. The California Indian Museum tells this story, because it is a story that just may untie us from the bonds of racism and hatred, and may give the children of California and the world an opportunity to appreciate and respect each other.
Museum Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) had been an idea in the minds of several aircraft owners at Sonoma County Airport for many years. The first museum meeting was held at the base of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Sonoma County Airport on February 4, 1990. Approximately 21 people attended, representing 16 different aircraft that qualified as historic. Our first Open House was on May 26, 1990. We have held an Open House and/or Air Show every year since, enabling the community to view our growing collection of aircraft and artifacts, to visit displays, and to see aerial demonstrations and become more aware of our rich aviation history.
A Street Gallery and Studios
Housed in a former transmission shop, this gallery and six attached working studios is located in a part of Santa Rosa now known as an art district. Paintings, photos, sculpture and glasswork are among the types of artwork created and displayed here.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This year marks the Arts Council's 25th year of serving the arts in Sonoma County. From humble beginnings with a mission to serve to visual arts of the county, to today with a mandate to serve and assist all of the arts in the county, the Council has striven to keep to its core mission intact and burgeon its influence.
It provides: Leadership in information and personal assistance, leadership in networking with members and organizations, leadership in seeking funds for arts orgs and individuals, leadership in working with cities, local councils, and orgs and individuals to best serve their needs with the arts as a focus, leadership in lobbying for arts education in schools and after school programs, leadership in broadening the audience base for the arts and widening its definition, Leadership in working with local media to enhance the audience base for all the arts.
Established in 1971, the Annex Galleries inventory includes works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, with a focus on American printmaking from 1900 to 1975. Our specialties include color woodcut, modernist prints, abstract expressionist prints of the 1940s and 1950s, WPA and works created at Atelier 17 in New York and Paris. Through numerous catalogues on California prints created between 1900 and 1950, we have illustrated California's important niche and artistic contributions to the history of American printmaking. Our broad interests have created our inventory which consists of over 8000 works on paper, half of which are on this website. Other areas of interest include European, Japanese and Hispanic prints as well as photography.
Sebastopol Gallery opened in April 2007, and features fine arts and crafts by local Sonoma County artists.
Now in its 28th year, the non-profit Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary sculpture, and many popular community events. Together with its resident companies, the Center is ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters hosting performances in music, theater, dance, comedy, and spoken word; and serving more than 30,000 children and adults annually through its education programs. Located in the heart of the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country, the Arts Center is owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, and relies on the generosity of members, donors, and sponsors to achieve its mission–to enrich, educate, and entertain the North Bay community.
6th Playhouse is a performing arts theater that engages, entertains and inspires a diverse community. We do this by consistently producing plays, musicals, and educational programs that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency. The 6th Street Playhouse is walking distance from Hotel La Rose.
The Imaginists is a theatre of collaboration, experimentation, and exploration. We are committed to making authentic, innovative theatre and expanding audiences by inviting diversity, mentoring emerging artists, encouraging new artistic voices and creating a vital forum for ideas and communication, honoring the importance of live performance.
Sonoma County Repertory Theater is a thriving center for theater that inspires and enriches a diverse audience by producing classic and contemporary plays, as well as providing education and engagement programs designed to foster creativity, inclusivity and economic vitality in the North Bay.