The Haggin Museum has been described by Sunset magazine as “one of the undersung gems of California.” For eight decades it has occupied an impressive brick building (with over 34,000 square feet of exhibition space) at the center of the city’s beautiful Victory Park.
The Haggin’s art galleries contain extensive collections of 19th and 20th century American and European artists, including Jean Beraud, Rosa Bonheur, George Inness, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The Museum contains the largest collection of major works by American painter Albert Bierstadt (highlighted by a number of panoramic paintings of Yosemite Valley) and illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. A series of galleries focus on the history of San Joaquin Valley and important figures in Stockton’s history, such as Charles Weber (founder of Stockton), Benjamin Holt (inventor of the Caterpillar tractor), the Stephens Bros. boat builders, and Tillie Lewis, the “Tomato Queen.”
In addition to its permanent art collection and history exhibits, the Haggin Museum offers a series of temporary exhibitions, featuring works from the Museum’s collection and on loan from outside sources, public and private. Special events offered at the Haggin include family programs, lectures and musical performances, held throughout the year.
- Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible by buses 61, 80, 330, and 370 at the Pershing Ave./Vine St. stop; and bus 60 at the Picardy Dr./Pershing Ave. stop)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Wednesday–Friday 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday noon–5 p.m.; 1st & 3rd Thursdays 1:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Closed Monday–Tuesday and major holidays
- Admission: Adults $5; Seniors (65+), Youth (10-17), and Students (w/ID) $2.50; Museum members and children (under 10) are free
- Free Day: On the first Saturday of each month, all visitors are admitted free of charge from 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
- Tour: Docent-led tours are free with the price of admission, and are available Tuesday–Friday 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Tours last for one hour. Must book tour at least three weeks in advance
- Membership: Individual memberships start at $35 ($20 students; $55 family). Benefits include free admission; subscription to quarterly members newsletter; access to Members Only events; free passes for guests (at selected levels); discount on Museum Store purchases; waiver of usage fee for Library/Archive research; and more.