Street Address
1201 North Pershing Avenue
Stockton, CA 95203
Mailing Address
1201 North Pershing Avenue
Stockton, CA 95203
phone: 209-940-6300
Wednesday - Friday1:30 PM - 5 PM
Sunday, Saturday12 PM - 5 PM
1st & 3rd Thursdays 1:30-9:00 p.m.
$5.00 for adults
$2.50 for seniors 65+; youth 10-17; and students with I.D.
FREE for museum members; children under 10 (with adult); and 1st Saturday of the month
Tod Ruhstaller, Chief Executive Officer, Curator of History
phone: 209-940-6314
Susan Obert, Director of Development
phone: 209-940-6331
Karen Richards, Chief Financial Officer
phone: 209-940-6313
Kylee Denning, Curator of Collections
phone: 209-940-6333
Lisa Cooperman, Curator of Education
phone: 209-940-6315
Janet Men, Education Assistant
phone: 209-940-6332
Kristen Anema, Membership/Marketing Coordinator
phone: 209-940-6316
Erin Hicks, Registrar
phone: 209-940-6321
Eddie Hargreaves, Webmaster, Publicity Coordinator
phone: 209-940-6312
Kimberly Bray, Curator of Archival Collections
phone: 209-940-6324


The Haggin Museum, an art and history museum located in Stockton, has been referred to by Sunset magazine as "one of the undersung gems of California." The impressive brick building has stood in the center of Stockton’s lush Victory Park for 79 years, but it’s what’s on the inside that makes it worth visiting.

On display in the museum’s fine art galleries are dozens of paintings by renowned 19th- and early 20th-century American and European artists, including Jean Béraud, Rosa Bonheur, William Bouguereau, Jean-Léon Gérôme, George Inness and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Of particular note are breathtaking panoramas of Yosemite Valley (including one once loaned to the White House) by American painter Albert Bierstadt. The Haggin has the largest museum collection of major Bierstadt works.

How did world-renowned paintings come to be located in Stockton? In 1928, the San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society was looking to build a history museum but had been unable to raise enough funds. Stockton native Robert T. McKee offered the group $30,000 on behalf of his wife, Eila Haggin McKee, who had only two requirements: name the museum in honor of her late father, Louis Terah Haggin; and add an art wing to fill with paintings from her father’s collection.

The history galleries focus on the San Joaquin Valley’s past and the accomplishments of its residents, such as Charles Weber, Stockton’s founder; Benjamin Holt, inventor of the Caterpillar track-type tractor; Tillie Lewis, the "Tomato Queen" and the Stephens Bros. Boat Builders.

The Haggin Museum also houses the largest museum collection of original art works by "Golden Age" illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.

To house the continually growing collections, the museum has undergone several additions since first opening. The McKee Room was added in 1939; an extensive addition was constructed in 1949; and the Benjamin Holt Wing opened in 1976. Today the museum’s three-story building contains more than 34,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The museum’s permanent art and history exhibits are augmented by a number of temporary exhibitions annually. Special events, such as family programs, lectures, and musical performances, are held throughout the year. The Haggin Museum also maintains a Library-Archive, which is available by appointment. The Museum Store features a wonderful array of merchandise especially selected to complement your museum visit.

Although many Californians are still unaware of this cultural diamond, a trip to Stockton isn’t complete without a visit to The Haggin Museum.

Educational Programs

In conjunction with the temporary rotating exhibitions, the education department organizes an array of events/programs. Every 2nd Saturday features either an art workshop designed for children 5-11 or a family festival designed with several activities for the whole family. Exhibitions as well as other permanent instillations are highlighted with accompanying Gallery Talks. These talks feature either a curator or other expert on the subject matter. Various other music events occur regularly. Sunday afternoons feature classical music, while late night Thursdays feature live Jazz. Each exhibition is also complimented with a gallery guide and an education area that provides hands on learning for the guest. Working closely with the Education department is the active Docent Council who is available to lead both art and history tours to groups of children and adults.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


The Haggin Museum Bulletin is the quarterly newsletter sent out to all museum members.

  • The Haggin Museum Bulletin


Wheelchair Accessible