de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Current Exhibitions

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Creative in Common

September 26 - December 5, 2014
and January 16 - March 15, 2015

Creative in Common explores family by bringing together the work of artists who share a familial connection—partner to partner, parent to child. Through the work of ten artists, the  exhibition aims to open a dialogue about the myriad definitions of family in our contemporary age. MORE »

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Keep, Care and Collect On

October 31 - December 5, 2014
January 16 - March 15, 2015
and April 10 - June 14, 2015

The de Saisset Museum opened its doors in 1955 with seemingly expansive gallery space and a relatively small collection donated by the de Saisset family. Over the last sixty years, the museum's holdings have grown substantially, and the vault now houses more than 11,500 objects. Keep, Care and Collect On highlights the range of artworks that have come into the collection in the last four years. The selection of works on view includes pieces by Fletcher Benton, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Jo Whaley. MORE »


Rewind: Works from the Video Collection

October 31 - December 5, 2014
January 16 - March 15, 2015
and April 10 - June 14, 2015

The de Saisset Museum holds one of the most important collections of video art in the Bay Area. Comprised of 280 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 Univeristy'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 »