West County Museum

A small museum in downtown Sebastopol featuring local history with rotating exhibits. Free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 2 pm.

West County Museum

261 South Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: 707-829-6711
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 2 pm
Note: The museum is next to the Chamber of Commerce, and across from the post office

More about the museum

The West County Museum is a small volunteer-run local museum with several permanent exhibits featuring West Sonoma County’s original Pomo native settlers, early agricultural history, and our connection to the famous horticulturalist Luther Burbank. We also have featured exhibits, changing several times per year, highlighting unique aspects of our local heritage. The museum includes a small gift shop, as well as informed volunteers who are able to answer questions. We are volunteer-run, and are supported through donations by our visitors.

Current Exhibit: “So… what’s in the boxcar?”

Train car containing archives for West Sonoma County

Our current exhibit at the West County Museum is called: “SO…. WHAT’S IN THE BOXCAR?”. Visitors who come to our museum often ask this very question. Inspired by their curiosity, we decided: let’s show people that the boxcar is actually the mMseum Archives! And what’s in the Archives? Think of the Boxcar as Sebastopol’s Attic.

We are opening the boxcar to show off all the bits and pieces that we’ve collected over the years from our town’s folk. Each donation, whether large or small, is a memory. All of it tells a story about our town.  

Triggs Reference Room

The reference room contains histories and newspaper clippings about local families and businesses, local authors and west Sonoma County publications, a P&SR Railroad history, and a collection of Oral Histories on tape and videos which tell personal recollections of early days in West County.

P&SR Electric Railway Depot

Built in 1917 and restored in the 1980’s, the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Electric Railway Depot is home to the West County Museum.

Photo Collection

With over 8,000 donated photographs in our constantly growing collection, West County Museum offers a unique window into our past. 

GOLDEN GATE Bridge souvenir ticket  for Pedestrian Day – MAY 27, 1937 at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
Artifact Collection

Our artifacts are housed in a Pacific Fruit Express ‘boxcar’ that once traveled the electric rails of the  Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway that helped establish businesses, employment and apple dynasties in West County.