In addition to the Museum’s signature exhibits, the Museum produces 6-7 short-term exhibits highlighting people, places and stories not commonly known. Short-term exhibits currently on display include:
Featuring artifacts from the personal collections of owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, this all new exhibit explores the career of California Chrome, the California-bred horse who capped a six-race winning streak by sweeping the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Through the installation of never-before-publicly-displayed items including the 2014 Kentucky Derby Trophy, the exhibit chronicles the rise of “the people’s horse” from his humble foaling at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, CA to his ranking as the 2014 American Horse of the Year.
In addition, highlights of the state’s long association with the sport are chronicled, including the nation’s oldest racetrack in Pleasanton built in 1858; the symbol of American hope during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit; and more.
Developed in partnership with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California State Archives, “Power of the People: Voting in California, 1850-2016” chronicles over 165 years of election history in the Golden State.
Open May 17-November 13, 2016, this all-new exhibit surveys the evolution of how Californians vote, from paper ballots used in the 1850s to a computer-based prototype of the future, while examining historic elections and the changing ways campaigns get their messages across.
Highlights include 1864 absentee ballots introduced for the state’s enlisted Civil War troops; 1911 Certification of Special Election reflecting the passage of women’s suffrage; early campaign materials created by the inventors of political consulting; 2003 recall election memorabilia; and more.
Through artifacts on loan from the California State Archives California State Library, Sacramento State and private collectors, the exhibit reveals that California voters have always held the power to shape the future.