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The California Historical Society galleries present fascinating changing exhibitions on the history, art, and culture of the Golden State. The rotating exhibits have featured themes such as A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge, I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, and Curating the Bay: Crowdsourcing a New Environmental History.

Its permanent photography collection containing over 500,000 images, including works by Eadweard Muybridge and Ansel Adams. For the latest exhibition update, please visit the Society's website or call in advance.

The official California Historical Society Store also boasts an excellent resource for books and quality California-themed gifts!


Gallery: Tues- Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Library: Wed - Fri: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Gallery closed Mondays
Library closed Sat - Tues
Closed for scheduled exhibit changes
Closed major U.S. holidays
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.