Preserving Alameda’s History for Over 65 Years

Alameda is a unique island community located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer permanent displays of Alameda history, the only rotating gallery showcasing local Alameda artists and student artwork, as well as souvenirs, books and videos about the rich history of the Island City. The Alameda Historical Society was founded in 1948, and the Museum was established in 1951. In 1983 the Alameda Museum was designated as the official repository of historical documents and artifacts for the City of Alameda. In that role, the Alameda Museum affords us an invaluable glimpse into this city’s spectacular and often glamorous history. Tour the museum and learn more about our Island’s history. We hope you will include Alameda and the Alameda Museum in your next visit to the San Francisco Bay Area.


Join & Volunteer

Please consider donating to or joining the Museum and help preserve and celebrate the colorful past of this unique island city. Members enjoy four issues of the Museum Quarterlyfree admission to lectures by local luminaries, and advance notice of special events such as the Alameda Legacy Home Tour and happenings at the Meyers House

Become a Member! Museum Legacy Society


We also need docents to volunteer for three hours a month at the Museum and the Meyers House, to greet visitors and provide information, and to run the Museum’s Gift Shop. We also need volunteers for special events. All ages welcome!

Become a Volunteer!

Meyers House & Garden

We host special events throughout the year and tours of the historic Meyers House & Garden. Alameda’s Historical Monument #26, The Meyers House was built in 1897 by architect Henry Meyers, and is ope to the public on the Second and Fourth Saturday of every month. The Meyers House Garden is also available to rent for your wedding, party or other gathering.

Reserve The Meyers House Garden

News & Events

Latest News

The cover of Julia Park Tracey's new book; she will read from it at the Museum Friday January 9. Credit: Booktrope, designed by Melody Barber

Museum Archive Inspires Local Author

Alamedan Julia Park Tracey will hold a launch party in the Art Gallery of the Museum Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm, for her new novel, set in a fictional version of Alameda: “San Pedro Island.” The book is based on an old photo from the Alameda Museum showing early settlers digging up the […]

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Next Event

Estate Sale
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Location: 913 Otis Dr Alameda CA 94501 United States
Description: Fine furniture, a grandfather clock, art, housewares, kitchenwares, linens and more will be available.
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Gift Shop & Estate Sales

Our eclectic gift shop contains a variety of undiscovered treasures, from books to furniture to jewelry to exotic, one-of-a-kind ephemera. All of it is reasonably priced, and all proceeds go to benefit the Museum. Please contact us if you’re interested in donating your surplus items! We also feature an exclusive selection books, maps and videos about Alameda history in our gift shop as well as in our online store.

The Alameda Museum has an expert estate and consignment sale team that can take care of everything for you. And when you engage us, not only do you keep more of the revenue than by utilizing a for-profit estate sale company; you also may be eligible for a tax deduction! Check back for information about our next sale.