de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Classroom Connections: Collections


The de Saisset Museum's collection encompasses a wide variety of objects, artists, styles, and time periods, providing ample opportunity for scholarship and research. Since its doors opened in 1955, the Museum has been dedicated to ensuring the highest level of care, study, and preservation of historic artifacts and works of art. Today, the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection includes more than 11,000 objects collected in six main areas—California history, liturgical vestments, decorative arts, works on paper, painting and sculpture, and new media. Our collections have been used in any number of ways; however, the Museum staff always welcomes new ideas.

Suggestions for Connecting to the Classroom through our Collections:

  • Arrange to hold an object-based workshop in the Museum during a class period; the Collections Manager can work with you to make objects available for up-close viewing
  • Select objects for display in the public display cabinets (which allow for long-term, unsupervised viewing) and ask students to complete a research or reflection paper
  • Collaborate with the de Saisset on a more involved collections project such as working with Museum staff to get students involved in the permanent collection acquisitions process through Acquisitions for Diversity

How to Make a Classroom Connection:

To find out more about incorporating the de Saisset's collections into your teaching or to propose an idea, contact Lindsey Kouvaris, Assistant Director, Exhibitions & Programs, at or 408.554.4528.

Image: Professor Kate Morris using the de Saisset's permanent collection with her Native American art history class.
Collections Access

We welcome requests from faculty, staff, students, and researchers to view and study the collections. Access is by appointment.

Permanent Collection

Learn about the de Saisset's collection of more than 11,000 objects.