MOM has 3 key offerings.
-The first is the large room on the right with a permanent collection about the history of Pleasanton and the region with tiny bits from Native Am through Spanish ranching days to the 19th & 20th C farming era including hops and the dairy etc. This is a mix of informative panels and labels and an eclectic collection of objects, so is a great place to see these items and for children to see what Old Times looked like.
-The second is the area devoted to visiting exhibits. This often begins down the walls of the main hallway and continues into the large room on the left which is configured to suit. The exhibits tend to alternate visiting collections with regional arts throughout the year.
--Typically there are several exhibits each year of local artists of the region and often these artworks (paintings and crafts such as jewelry and ceramics) are for sale.
--The other exhibits are visiting and have included Smithsonian tours and other national traveling works of history as well as special exhibits of California and regional arts and photography, such as the current exhibit of photography by Ansel Adams and one of his key students.
-The third room is the small gift shop and children's play area near the front area on the left, and has a nice offering of books of the local and California history, children's books and toys, and Pleasanton memorabilia.
-The museum also periodically hosts talks by visiting artists on exhibit discussing their work and techniques and also sponsors an annual cycle of historical figure re-enactment talks that are often sold out.
-Staff and curating are excellent and I've enjoyed and learned from every exhibit.
-The setting of this historic building is attractive, being set back behind a grassy front yard with huge heritage trees, but this location is also unfortunate because I think too few people stray off the sidewalk on Main St to walk up the path and explore the museum. It is worth regularly visiting since it rotates exhibits regularly and it is free although of course donations are happily accepted in a box near the front.
MOM is well located in downtown for a visit before or after lunch or dinner downtown or the local arts & theater complex - Firehouse Gallery and Harrington Gallery just a few blocks away.
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