Saturday, April 16, 2011
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0550
The de Saisset Museum, founded in 1955, is a free museum of art and history operated by Santa Clara University. It is one of only three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. An active program of free docent tours covers the Mission and the California History collection. Every year, thousands of children are introduced to their region’s history through this program.
The Museum's permanent collection includes Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and 19th century prints by artists such as Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Modernist prints include works by Chagall, Matisse and Picasso. It also has a strong photography collection featuring Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Edward Curtis, Imogen Cunningham and Judy Dater. It also houses the University’s California History Collection, which includes Native American artifacts from the pre-European contact period and Spanish Colonial works.