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 In 1983 the Alameda Museum was designated as the official repository of historical documents and artifacts for the City of Alameda.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

A mill in Hayward was destroyed by the 1868 earthquake on the Hayward fault. Seismologists believe that this fault is due any time for another major eruption of similar magnitude. (source: UC Berkeley Sunsite)

Shaken, Not Stirred

How did you fare during the August 24 quake that shook us awake at 3:30 that morning? Did you ever wonder what it was like to be in largest earthquake ever unleashed by the Hayward Fault? Author and historian Richard Schwartz will offer riveting first-hand accounts of people who lived through the October 21, 1868 […]

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Next Event

  • Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    • Lecture Series
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: Thursday, October 30th, 2014 - 9:00 pm
      Location: 2324 Alameda Avenue, Alameda, CA, United States
      Description: “Six Short Blocks That Are Long on History: A Century on Post Street from the Gold Rush to the 1950s,” Robin Seeley talks about the history and architecture of her Alameda neighborhood. Sponsor: Robbie Dileo, former President, Alameda Museum. Free for Museum members, $10 otherwise
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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.