de Saisset Museum

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The de Saisset Museum stands at the heart of Santa Clara University's campus, adjacent to Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Founded in 1955, it is the only free museum of art and history in the South Bay, and is one of only three museums in Silicon Valley to hold accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

The de Saisset Museum houses an extensive collection numbering more than 12,500 objects. The museum's Art collection includes painting and sculpture, works on paper and photography, new media, and decorative arts. The History collection is divided into two main areas: California History and Mission-era liturgical vestments. Since its founding in 1955, the museum has developed large and encyclopedic holdings, covering a wide range of art historical periods and styles. Although the museum is committed to caring for every piece in its collection, current collecting activity is predominantly focused on works by contemporary California artists.

The de Saisset Museum's digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images from the 1970s. The collection includes artist-related interviews and documentaries touching on subjects such as New Deal Art, Edward Biberman, the Bruton Sisters, and more.

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de Saisset Museum
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0550
United States

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