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The museum is temporarily closed to the public. Please enjoy the following virtual exhibition offerings until we re-open.



  • Photography in the U.S.

    May 24 - July 2, 2021

    Virtual exhibition

    A series of seven virtual exhibitions curated by SCU students enrolled in the Winter 2021 course Art History 140: Photography in the U.S. taught by Associate Professor Andrea Pappas. The exhibitions showcase works from the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection.

  • Unexpected Perspectives

    October 1, 2020 - June 12, 2021

    (Virtual Exhibition)

    Unexpected Perspectives examines works of photography from the de Saisset's permanent collection that defy clarity and offer unexpected compositions and subjects.

  • 65 Years and Counting

    September 21, 2020 - June 12, 2021

    (Virtual Exhibition)

    65 Years and Counting marks the sixty-five years since the de Saisset Museum's opening (November 1955) with a series of "articles" in various forms and media reflecting on the museum's past, present, and future.

  • California Stories from Thámien to Santa Clara

    Ongoing Exhibition

    (currently virtual only)

    The Santa Clara Valley has a rich and dynamic history. Through historical objects and artifacts, the permanent California Stories exhibition traces the story of the site where Santa Clara University now stands, from Native California to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, through the Rancho Period and Gold Rush, and up to the early years of Santa Clara College.