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de Saisset

DISCOVER fascinating exhibitions. EXPERIENCE thought-provoking programs. BE INSPIRED by California art and history.

Current Exhibitions

"Endless Gathering Lull," a work on paper by Sarah Smith including metal leaf, ink and pencil on paper.

Gold Rush

Open through March 13, 2016

An exhibition showcasing timeless themes of California history through contemporary art. Explore the symbolism of gold and consider the myriad effects of greed, hope, and aspiration.


Santa Clara Baseball Team, c. 1870

On Top of the Game: Santa Clara Sports, 1851-1950

Open through March 13, 2016

Discover the dynamic history of Santa Clara athletics from the earliest days of the college to some of the glory days of Santa Clara University.


Painted portraits of Ernest de Saisset and Isabel de Saisset

De Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy

Open through March 13, 2016

Trace the history of the museum as the organization grew from the surname of an ambitious young painter to an accredited university museum.



Installation shot of museum's permanent California History exhibition.

California History

Permanent exhibition

Explore the history of the area from Native California through the Mission Period and up to the early days of Santa Clara College.





Images: Fletcher Benton, Going Around the Corner with X, 2008, painted steel, Gift of the artist, with assistance from Paula Kirkeby, in honor of William Rewak, S.J., 2013.4.1. Monica Lundy, Ladies of the Barbary Coast, 2014, 22 kt. gold, 16 kt. gold, 11 kt. gold, white gold, pulverized charcoal, mica flake, coffee, gouache, acrylic medium on Arches paper mounted on panel, 61 x 82 x 2 in., Courtesy of the Nancy Toomey Fine Arts. Class visit to the museum's collections storage vault with Professor Karen Fraser. Photo courtesy Chuck Barry.

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11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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