Valuable time spent together and memories built among family members, grandparents, grandchildren and friends in an historical museum can never be taken away. In addition, learning about the history of a city develops a deeper sense of the traces of a community.
In Solano County, the Mare Island Museum on Seawind Drive in Vallejo exhibits many artifacts of history about the shipyard. In addition, there is the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve with loads of history in the building and on the trail. I suggest you walk the trail at dusk with a flashlight to see that part of the history. In Vallejo, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum on Marin Street displays loads of pictures and books of historical interest.
Vacaville showcases the Peña Adobe/Mowers Goheen Museum and the Vacaville Museum. Rio Vista has a museum on Front Street and the Railroad Museum on Highway 12. The Solano History Exploration Center is located in the Lawler House Art Museum on Main Street in Suisun City. Benicia maintains four museums: the Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns which were used by the military in the 1850s and 1860s, Benicia Fire Museum, Benicia State Historical Park and the Fischer-Hanlon House. Travis Air Force Base proudly exhibits the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum (known as the Heritage Center Aviation History) and the new Jimmy Doolittle Center at the Nut Tree. I believe Dixon has a motorcycle museum of historical nature.
Fairfield has no historical or art museum that captures the essence of our culture. My suggestion is to renovate the corner building at Texas and Jefferson Streets to become Fairfield’s historical museum. The second level can be reached by stairs in the front of the building and an elevator in the back of the building, so it is ADA ready. What a great way to attract tourists to downtown Fairfield. I hope you will enjoy the museums as you explore your community and others in Solano County.