de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Current Exhibitions

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Closer by the Minute | David & Hi-Jin Hodge

September 18 - December 6, 2015

Through two captivating and immersive installations, artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge address universal issues in a way that artfully blends documentary and creativity. Niagara Falling explores the rapid decline of the city of Niagara Falls, a story of urban blight that is repeated across the nation and around the world. Life on Wheels, newly created for this exhibition, explores on multiple levels the culture of transportation and what it means to drive a car in today's world. MORE »

On Top of the Game

On Top of the Game: 99 Years of Santa Clara Sports

November 14 - December 6, 2015
January 15 - March 13, 2016
and April 8 - June 12, 2016

Before the NFL came to the Bay Area, before the 49ers were a household name, there were the Santa Clara Broncos. Able to fill Kezar Stadium with more than 60,000 fans on a Sunday afternoon, Bronco football was a powerhouse in Bay Area sports entertainment. And, it was just one of the few sports where Santa Clara Broncos excelled. On Top of the Game traces nearly 100 years of Santa Clara sports history, beginning with the establishment of the school in 1851 and ending with an impressive Orange Bowl victory in 1950. More »

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de Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy

September 18 - December 6, 2015
and January 15 - March 13, 2016
and April 8 - June 12, 2016

In celebration of the de Saisset Museum's 60th anniversary, De Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy explores the story of the organization as it grew from the surname of an ambitious young painter to an accredited university museum. Through a selection of photographs, correspondence, and archival records the exhibition traces key events from Ernest de Saisset's birth in 1864 to the founding of the Museum in his honor in 1955. MORE »

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Rewind: Works from the Video Collection

September 18 - December 6, 2015

The de Saisset Museum holds one of the most important collections of video art in the Bay Area. Comprised of rare videos and films, the collection represents a period in which the museum was a leader in commissioning and exhibiting video art. Rewind presents a special opportunity to experience some of the museum's rarely-seen video works. The exhibition is programmed in conjunction with the museum's 60th anniversary, celebrated in 2015. MORE »

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California History from the Permanent Collection

Permanent exhibition

The de Saisset Museum serves as the caretaker of Santa Clara University's California History Collection. Through historical objects and artifacts, this permanent exhibition tells the history of the area from the pre-contact period to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, through the Gold Rush, and the early years of Santa Clara College. MORE »