The Haggin Museum, an art and history museum located in Stockton, has been referred to by Sunset magazine as “one of the undersung gems of California.” The impressive brick building has stood in the center of Stockton’s lush Victory Park for 84 years, but it’s what’s on the inside that makes it worth visiting.
On display in the museum’s fine art galleries are dozens of paintings by renowned 19th- and early 20th-century American and European artists, including
- Jean Béraud
- Rosa Bonheur
- William Bouguereau
- Jean-Léon Gérôme
- George Inness
- and Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Of particular note are breathtaking panoramas of Yosemite Valley (including one once loaned to the White House) by American painter Albert Bierstadt. The Haggin has the largest museum collection of major Bierstadt works. The Haggin Museum also houses the largest museum collection of original art works by “Golden Age” illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.
The Haggin Museum’s history collection and exhibits relate primarily to local and regional history. The extensive history galleries offer visitors a chance to travel back in time to learn more about Stockton and California history.
Behind-the-scenes at The Haggin Museum is an extensive archive that houses thousands of books, historic photographs, maps, and other items relating to Stockton and California history.