Soak Up the Culture and Heritage of California’s Wine Country in Yountville
Located in the heart of Napa Valley in the charming small town of Yountville, the Napa Valley Museum
is a rich cultural institution celebrating the art, nature, and history that make Napa one of the most desirable locations to visit and live in the country. Through its unique exhibitions, education and volunteer programs, and monthly events, the Napa Valley Museum inspires creativity with everything from painting, sculpture, and photography to printmaking, film, video, and crafts, further enriching California Wine Country’s distinctive lifestyle and community.
With both permanent and temporary exhibits, the Napa Valley Museum exposes visitors to history and art of all kinds, ranging from displays highlighting California’s past and culture to pop-up exhibitions celebrating the influence of women around the world. The museum recently re-installed its permanent exhibition, Land and People of Napa Valley, which exposes visitors to the history of the area. Guests can learn about how Napa came to be one of the most agriculturally successful communities in the country, from rare antique winemaking equipment to art and artifacts from the Native American, Early Pioneer and Rancho periods.
On display through March 1st is a touring exhibition showcasing the journey of Paul and Julia Child through photographs—a perfect fit for Yountville due to its reputation as the culinary capital of Napa Valley. Well-known actress Lucy Liu will debut a collection of artwork ranging from large-scale paintings and small mixed media pieces to wooden sculptures on February 1st. Titled ‘One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others,’ it will be Liu’s first U.S. exhibition and a great opportunity to experience her impressive talents.
Beyond its numerous galleries displaying over 15,000 items, the Napa Valley Museum also offers opportunities for patrons of all ages to participate in the museum’s programming. For those looking to gain a deeper understanding of the art, nature, and history celebrated throughout the museum, hour-long tours are available upon request for small groups and clubs. Patrons can also immerse themselves in the culture of the region by applying to volunteer in a number of roles encompassing everything from exhibit installation to supporting the Museum-in-the-Classroom initiative that brings educational programming to local schools.
Interactive exhibitions like Oscar Aguilar Olea’s ‘La Esencia de la Mujer, and The Artist Studio’ allow you to learn the techniques and materials of the artistic process firsthand by doing it yourself in life drawing and painting workshops, regardless of previous experience or knowledge.
The museum also has an impressive store that features an exclusive selection of products inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and programs. With everything from history and art books to unique items from artists and craftspeople from across the country, the museum store is a great spot for art lovers to acquire their next treasure or track down a creative gift for a friend or family member.
Whether the museum is celebrating the opening of a new exhibit or putting on a special luncheon or evening gathering, there are a number of ways to engage with the community through events. This year, Lucy Liu will host the Phenomenal Women luncheon in conjunction with her exhibition, a three-course meal, an auction, and a fundraiser to benefit the museum’s exhibitions, educational programs, and operational needs. The museum also hosts happy hour events and artist talks throughout the year to further its mission of enhancing Napa Valley’s culture.
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