de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Upcoming Exhibitions: Opening September 26, 2014

Home Quilt by Inez Storer

Creative in Common

September 26 - December 5, 2014
and January 16 - March 15, 2015

Creative in Common explores family by bringing together the work of artists who share a familial connection—partner to partner, parent to child. Through the work of eight artists, the  exhibition aims to open a dialogue about the myriad definitions of family in our contemporary age. MORE »

Portrait of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby

Building Forward/Looking Back

Extended: September 26 - October 12, 2014

Building Forward/Looking Back honors the longstanding commitment of Paula Z. Kirkeby, one of the museum's strongest supporters, through a selection of pieces that came into the museum's permanent collection with her assistance. For thirty years, Kirkeby has demonstrated her belief in this organization by sharing her time, her thoughts, her resources, and her connections. Her commitment to helping the museum build toward a better future has been invaluable, and this exhibition is a way of acknowledging her many important contributions. MORE »

Sam Francis Untitled work on paper

Keep, Care and Collect On

November 1 - December 5, 2014
January 16 - March 15, 2015
and April 10 - June 14, 2015

The de Saisset Museum opened its doors in 1955 with seemingly expansive gallery space and a relatively small collection donated by the de Saisset family. Over the last sixty years, the museum's holdings have grown substantially, and the vault now houses more than 11,500 objects. Keep, Care, and Collect On highlights the range of artworks that have come into the collection in the last four years. The selection of works on view included pieces by Fletcher Benton, Enrique Chagoya, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Jo Whaley. MORE »

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California History from the Permanent Collection

Permanent exhibition

The de Saisset Museum serves as the caretaker of Santa Clara Univeristy's California History Collection. Through historical objects and artifacts, this permanent exhibition tells the history of the area from the pre-contact period to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, through the Gold Rush, and the early years of Santa Clara College. MORE »