Open For Appointments

Hours: We are OPEN by appointment only for both the Museum and the Archive. Please schedule for available times, TUE, WED, THRS 11 am – 3 pm.

Please phone for appointment: 831.722.0305 or email:

If you do not have an appointment you are encouraged to phone us upon arrival to see if we can accommodate you. A face mask is optional.


Lake Watsonville 1907

4th of July Celebration
Watsonville has celebrated 4th of July in many ways.

However, imagine this: in May 1907 the Pajaronian urged Watsonville leaders to take advantage our natural resource: the Pajaro River.


Santa Cruz History Fair at the Museum of Art History in Santa Cruz

Bill Beecher and Ralph Jacobs are pictured with posters showing immigration patterns in 1860, 1870 and 1900. This event celebrates local history by bringing together historical organizations and groups throughout the county–31 museums were represented this year.

Visit Our Extensive
Clothing Collection

Vintage Clothing

1800s to 1900s


Purses, Hats & Shoes

 Discover the Fascinating History of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley!

If you’re interested in the history of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley, you’ve come to the right place. Established in 1940, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California’s Monterey Bay area. The Bockius-Orr House has been our headquarters since 1997, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our Archive houses a historical treasure trove for the community. Plan your visit today and learn more about the history of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley.


Become a member or volunteer to help out.