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History of a formerly small Central Valley town

The Museum was the public library building of my youth. When in the early 80's the new county... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Treat yourself to Central Valley history

This is a very fine collection of Stanislaus County memorabilia, does a very good job of telling... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2018
Ventura, California
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1402 I St, Corner of 14th and I Streets, Modesto, CA 95354-1032
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

It was ok, not really great or entertaining but it is air conditioned and quiet. The staff are all volunteers and it shows. Exhibits change on a regular basis and are ok. This is the history of Modesto after all.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank srwbvf
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The Museum was the public library building of my youth. When in the early 80's the new county library was built, the people of Modesto and Stanislaus County had the vision to save the building and transition it into a museum. This is a great...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 689bobr
Reviewed February 27, 2018

This is a very fine collection of Stanislaus County memorabilia, does a very good job of telling the story of the County, including water issues, agricultural development, household life. Provides a good look at how the Central Valley developed as an agricultural powerhouse.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Fun and education for all ages. View the past through the eyes of those who lived and and worked here during the transition to the machine age. This is a great collection of items, clothing, and photos of local family living which reflects life across...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank SkinnyEddy
Reviewed January 21, 2018

The McHenry museum is a wonderful building (the original library of Modesto). It is very well preserved and maintained. But the real focus is the very interesting objects within. There is a school, a blacksmith's shop, a kitchen and other wonderful displays. The doll display...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Alice M
Reviewed November 8, 2017

I have especially liked the General Store display since (I think) the High School field trip. It was still there when I went back to see it again a few years ago. Once they also had a pretty large display of antique and vintage toys...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Jeff N
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Fun place with lovely seasonal items to buy for gifts. I love the Christmas Season and all the ornaments and decorations.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank sha2ron
Reviewed September 28, 2017

There is a little bit of everything in this museum about Modesto. If you are in town, the slightly more than an hour it takes to tour the museum is well worth it. To see history in one room, and to show them to your...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Charles S
Reviewed June 17, 2017 via mobile

I attended a fundraiser for Modesto Gospel Mission last night at the Museum. What a great site for an event. Lots of space to walk around. Great location for food placement too.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank blessingmead0w
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Excellent gift shop, helpful docents, and many permanent displays as well as special exhibits. There is always a wonderful show of antique Christamas ornaments during the holidays.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 519alice2016
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