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2015-10-07 More School Tour Availability

School tours are now available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

They must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. Teachers can make school tour arrangements by calling Reserve America toll-free at 1-866-240-4655. They are open from 8am-5pm daily. School tours are offered at 10:30 AM, 11:45 AM, and 1:30 PM. We make every effort to provide tours to groups with reservations, but we cannot guarantee one due to staffing limitations. If staff is not available self-guided brochures will be provided on site.

2014-06 New Operating Hours

Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The park is closed on Mondays.

The park is also closed on New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

There are admission fees to visit the park, the fees are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children between 6 and 16, and children under 5 are free. The paid admission is also good, on the same day, at Sonoma State Historic Park (which includes the Barracks, Mission San Francisco Solano, and the General Vallejo Home) in Sonoma.

2012-07-05 Petaluma Adobe is featured as State Park Closures Trip #60 of 70

This blog is about my quest to visit all 70 of the California State Parks on the closure list, to raise awareness of the parks and encourage others to visit. All posts and photos are by Lucy D'Mot, and may be freely used to promote the State Parks.

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2012-05-31 Groundswell of Donor Support Provides Means to Keep Palomar Mountain and Petaluma Adobe State Parks Open

"We are fortunate to have our long-time partner the Sonoma Petaluma Association provide a means by which we can keep Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park open,” said Diablo Vista District Superintendent Danita Rodriguez. “This park represents an important piece of our California history where thousands of school-age children have the opportunity to have a day or overnight living history experience."

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2012-02-14 Petaluma Adobe SHP is featured in a New Video

Watch it First: California’s State Historic Parks – Doorways to the Past

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2012-02-08 Adobe Supporters Racing the Clock to Collect Needed Funds?

Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association needs another $16,000 by the end of April to keep the Petaluma Adobe open.

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2012-02-07 Saving a Piece of History?

Marsha Trent wrote a great opinion article, we know her well from working with her during our time on the Petaluma Visitors Program

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2012-02-06 PD Editorial: State Parks Need Allies not Rivalries?

If, as the author Wallace Stegner said, “national parks are the best idea we ever had,” then closing California state parks has to be one of the worst ideas ...

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2012-01-27 Effort to Keep Petaluma Adobe Open Gets Boost

Local chapter of Native Daughters of the Golden West add $1,500 to matching grant fund to underwrite state operations for 2012/2013.

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2011-12-28 Trying to Save the Petaluma Adobe

A great article about Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in the news today.

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2011-12-15 Anonymous Donor Pledges Up to $35,000 for Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

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2011-11-11 Ranger Crystal Featured in the News

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Affectionately called Old Adobe by locals; lately this has made it very tough on the park in terms of branding and recognition. We are hoping folks will use our recognized names Petaluma Adobe or Rancho de Petaluma. Thank you!

Read our letter recently sent out to fourth and fifth grade alumni of our programs: Alumni Letter

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Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association

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Be a part of the history of saving Petaluma Adobe SHP. You can make a difference.

Have you seen me?

In August I was stolen from Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. I served as a central feature to the courtyard and have delighted many families as they knocked on me, put kids in me for pictures, and enjoyed hearing stories of my use in the past. I am a beautiful copper kettle with turqoise-colored patina with an iron band around my mouth, and riveted construction. If you have seen me, please let the park staff know 707-762-4871.

Copper Pot

2011-08-15 Sally, Our Beloved Paint Horse Passed Away Today

Please keep our park staff in your hearts and minds today as they grieve over the loss of Sally. She was the beloved 30+ year old Paint Horse that has stood in the corrals at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park for over 15 years.


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2011-08-01 Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park (PASHP) Awarded a CSPF Grant

The California State Parks Foundation awarded PASHP a grant to help fund the Environmental Living Program and to assist with animal care. Thank you!

2011-06-28 Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park (PASHP) Makes it in to the California State Parks Foundation Teacher Resource Guide

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2011-06-21 PASHP Volunteers Staff a Booth at the CSPF Rally and Expo on June 21st

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2011-06-05 Petaluma Adobe makes the Sac Bee's Bucket List

A State Park Bucket List

2011-05-13 California State Parks Releases Potential Closure List

CSP Closure News Release and List

Governor Brown Issues Statement on State Park Closures
SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today issued the following statement on the closure of up to 70 California State Parks today due to budget cuts: "Closing state parks is not a task that gives anyone joy, but we are experiencing turbulent times that necessitate deep – almost unthinkable – cuts to public services. I will work hard in the coming weeks to reach an agreement that will allow us to avoid deeper and more disruptive reductions."

Photo Gallery

View images of Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park (and other California State Parks) as part of the California State Parks Foundation's new photo gallery pages with their partner MyParkPhotos.com. Clicking on the following link will take you to their gallery site. CSPF Photo Gallery


The Sonoma Petaluma State Historic Parks Association and the Native Daughters of the Golden West Petaluma Parlor #222 unveiled the new State Historic Landmark #18 plaque on Saturday, October 21st, 2006. Ranger Crystal Shoaf and Guide Sara M. Skinner worked for over five years on the relocation and removal of the old plaque which was outdated and contained incorrect information. We would like to thank RNM Properties and Devcon Construction for donating labor and materials to construct the historical landmark plaque wall within the park. The new wall contains the new plaque, the National Historic Landmark plaque, and a plaque commemorating the service that Donald Murphy contributed during the transfer of the property from the Native Sons of the Golden West to the State of California which was finalized in 1951. Thank you.