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De Saisset Museum - Santa Clara University

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
Phone: 408 554 4528 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

The de Saisset Museum was built adjacent to Mission Santa Clara in 1955 through a generous bequest from Isabel de Saisset in memory of her brother, Ernest.

Since its founding, the museum has developed into a unique art and history museum.

The de Saisset Museum is the caretaker of the University's California History Collection, which includes historic and ethnographic artifacts from the pre-contact Native American period, through the founding of the Franciscan Mission in 1777, to the early days of Santa Clara College.

The museum's permanent collection includes a wide range of art and ethnographic objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

The collection of contemporary prints and Photographs is particularly strong, including works by Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, David Best, Bruce Connor, Sam Francis, Annie Leibovitz, Nathan Oliviera, and Edward Weston.

The de Saisset Museum presents changing art exhibitions, lectures, readings, concerts, films, and tours throughout the year.

The museum is open free to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during scheduled exhibitions.

For more information call 408-554-4528.

Highlights & Collections

Exhibits & Special Events

Chester Arnold paintings: 1988-1994. William Montgomery.


Tuesday through Sunday: 11 a.m to 4p.m.

Key Personnel:

Rebecca M. Schapp, Director
Karen Kienzle, Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Community Outreach
Jean MacDougall, Collections Manager
Ernest Jolly, Preparator
Ramona Nadel, Administrative Assistant to the Director

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