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We aim to support Santa Clara University's goal of educating the whole person. One of the ways we do this is through our ongoing schedule of exhibitions. However, we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs that encourage learning for all ages. Our programs include integrated education with SCU faculty and students, public programs, California History resources, and California History Docent Tours.

California History Docent Tours

The de Saisset Museum regularly offers docent tours of the permanent California History exhibition and Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Although tours are primarily geared toward fourth grade students, the museum will also accommodate other age groups. Tours are provided by reservation only.

Mission Santa Clara Resources and Information

The de Saisset strives to make resources and information about the dynamic history of Mission Santa Clara widely available. In recent years, we published an iBook on the history of the Mission and also developed a curriculum guide focused on Native California. 

Public Programs

Each academic quarter the museum offers a variety of public programs, ranging from lectures to panels to workshops and family days. These programs aim to complement our exhibitions and/or address issues of contemporary society. A calendar of upcoming events is available on our homepage.

Integrated Education

As a university museum, the de Saisset works to ensure that our exhibitions and programs support the curriculum being taught at SCU. We do this by working with faculty and students to develop integrated education opportunities.

COVID restrictions

SCU Groups

SCU Staff, Faculty, or Students, wanting to visit the museum as a group / unit / department of more than 10 people, please email to discuss options before visiting.


non-SCU Groups

At this time, the de Saisset Museum cannot accommodate non-SCU groups of more than 10 people and we are not currently scheduling tours for external groups. In order to maintain Museum COVID capacity restrictions, drop-in tours (any group of 10 or more) are not allowed at this time.

Due to COVID-19, the de Saisset Museum is not currently offering California History tours. If you would like to be informed when tours resume, please email