Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum in Walnut Creek
Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum provides visitors a glimpse into the history of Walnut Creek. Since it opened to the public in 1972, the museum has been a popular stop for history enthusiasts. Built by Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman in 1903, this redwood-framed house contains interesting local artifacts, including government documents, photographs and newspapers, many of which belonged to the Pennimans. Annual events like antique shows and living history programs help visitors engage with community roots. Many volunteer positions and research opportunities are available as well.
Named to the National Register of Historic Places, Shadelands Ranch is owned by the city of Walnut Creek, and is operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting local history. The museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. from late February through early November. Adult admission is $3, with students ages 6-17 being admitted for just $1. Children under 6 and Walnut Creek Historical Society members always enjoy free admission.